Since last December, there's been speculation about whether Kanye West is working on an a new album to be released in 2015. The rumors reportedly started going around when the website for Rihanna's charity auction offered a package including tickets to an unspecified "Kanye West Tour Experience" at some point in 2015. Despite quietly dropping the news of an upcoming tour, West remained quiet and hasn't confirmed or denied rumors of a Yeezus follow-up album until now. On Saturday night, West revealed his new album title So Help Me God on Twitter, along with a photo of the possible cover art.
According to Rolling Stone, Redditors say the cryptic image West posted along with the news is a "13th century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary," which kind of makes sense of the whole "Ye Olde Yeezy Album Announcement" vibe happening in the tweet. West's new album doesn't have a release date yet, and chances are we won't be getting one at all. Rolling Stone reports that in an interview last February with New York hip-hop station Power 105, West called release dates "100% played out," and confirmed that So Help Me God will "arrive in a 'surprise' fashion" a la Beyonce, and more recently, Drake.
The rapper also told Power 105 that his new album "comes out of a fight to design," possibly suggesting themes derived from his recent experience navigating a career in fashion. Unlike his previous album, however, West reportedly said that his new album will be a lot less heavy in terms of the sound and subject matter, and "is just embracing the music, embracing joy and just being a service to the people."