Kanye West’s “Vultures 2” Delay Sparks Speculation and Controversy

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Kanye West’s “Vultures 2” Delay Sparks Speculation and Controversy

  • Kanye West's collaborative album with Ty Dolla $ign, "Vultures 2," has left fans eagerly awaiting its release after missing its scheduled launch date last Friday.
  • The delay has fueled speculation and raised questions about the album's future, especially in light of the tumultuous release of its predecessor, "Vultures 1."

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Behind the Scenes: Insights into the Delay

Originally set to drop on March 8, "Vultures 2" faced delays, with West attributing the setback to ongoing work in the studio. Reports from Billboard revealed West's communication with fan-operated Instagram account Ye Fanatics, where he hinted at the possibility of bypassing streaming services for the album's release, citing concerns about the devaluation of music.

The Unveiling: Teasers and Listening Parties

Despite the uncertainty surrounding its release, West added to the anticipation by unveiling the album cover on Instagram last Saturday.

Additionally, both West and Ty Dolla $ign are expected to host multiple listening parties throughout the week, culminating in a performance at Rolling Loud California on Thursday.

Controversy Surrounding “Vultures 1”

However, the rocky rollout of "Vultures 2" is not without precedent. The album's predecessor, "Vultures 1," faced its own share of controversies, particularly regarding unauthorized sampling and legal disputes involving artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Donna Summer's estate.

Legal Battles and Fallout

The legal troubles surrounding "Vultures 1" extended beyond sampling disputes. Summer's estate filed a lawsuit against West, alleging "blatant theft" of her hit "I Feel Love." Furthermore, a dispute with distributor FUGA led to the brief removal of "Vultures 1" from major streaming platforms.

The Fallout: Impact on West’s Career and Finances

The controversies surrounding "Vultures 1" marked a tumultuous period for West, whose career and finances suffered following widely criticized antisemitic remarks. Forbes estimated West's net worth at $2 billion in 2022, largely due to his Yeezy partnership with Adidas. However, subsequent controversies led to Adidas severing ties with West, drastically reducing his net worth to an estimated $400 million.

What is Vultures 2?

"Vultures 2" is the highly anticipated second collaborative studio album by American rapper and producer West and singer Ty Dolla Sign, collectively known as ¥$. Serving as the second installment of the Vultures trilogy and a follow-up to "Vultures 1," the album is slated for an independent release through West's YZY brand on March 15, 2024.

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