After a brief hiatus, Kanye “Ye” West announced that he was gearing up for the release of his Vultures album — which promised to be his biggest drop ever.
The project is the first full-length feature from the Chicago-born rapper since he dropped Donda in 2021.
While fans of the Yeezus hitmaker are undoubtedly excited about the album, Ye’s reemergence into the spotlight has been met with discontent.
Longtime hip-hop heads know that Ye’s career has been nothing short of chaotic, to say the least. Things got even more hectic following his bid for President of the United States and divorce from Kim Kardashian.
Amid the drama surrounding his personal life, Ye has continued to drop chart-topping albums — the latest of which is his joint project with Ty Dolla $ign. Despite confirmation that the album was dropping in late 2023, Ye reneged on the release date.
Now, fans are asking — is Kanye ever going to drop Vultures? If so, when?
When is Kanye West going to drop 'Vultures'? The release date was delayed.
The album marks the first time that Ye is teaming up with another rapper for a collaborative album since 2018. He previously released Kids See Ghosts alongside Kid Cudi.
Although the pair have collaborated in the past, Vultures will be the first full-length project that Ye and Ty have released together.
Although Vultures has yet to drop, there's already controversy surrounding the project — especially after the duo gave a sneak peek at the album during their listening party at Art Basel in December 2023.
Everything you should know about Kanye West's 'Vultures' listening party at Art Basel.
Despite the drama surrounding Ye’s political beliefs, several of hip-hop’s biggest names came out to support the embattled artist at the Vultures listening party he held at Art Basel Miami on Dec. 1.
Offset, Lil Durk, Chris Brown, Kodak Black, and Freddie Gibbs were all in attendance as Ye and Ty premiered tracks from the pending album. Ye also treated fans to a snippet of a song he has with his daughter, North West, who hopped on stage to perform alongside her dad.
Needless to say, the event was lit.
However, the listening event was not without controversy. In photos obtained by TMZ, Ye can be seen wearing an executioner-style mask, which some has suggested is similar to those worn by the KKK.
Additionally, Ye's lyrics were deemed culturally insensitive. He raps: on the title track: “How I'm anti-Semitic? I just f--ked a Jewish b---h.”
Later, the Anti-Defamation League slammed the rapper for the reference.
“At a time of rising antisemitism worldwide, it’s disgusting to see Kanye once again use his platform to spew Jew-hatred,” a spokesperson told TMZ.
They went on to call Ye an “unrepentant antisemite and clearly a misogynist."
It's unclear if Vultures will drop before 2023 comes to an end — knowing Ye, anything is possible.