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Mike Dean reveals Kanye West “erased” his ‘Ye’ album weeks before its release

The 2018 album was remade in just two weeks

  • Becky Buckle
  • 22 August 2022
Mike Dean reveals Kanye West “erased” his ‘Ye’ album weeks before its release

GRAMMY-award winning producer Mike Dean has recently revealed that when working on Kanye West’s 2018 album ‘Ye’ he “erased” the whole project just weeks away from it’s release.

Dean appeared on Nile Rodgers’ Deep Hidden Meaning Radio show, explaining that he was working with Kanye in Wyoming on the album when the producer decided that they should restart ‘Ye’ with only two week to go until their deadline and with 10 tracks already made.

‘Ye’ was originally going to be titled ‘Turbo Grafx 16’ and ‘Love Everyone’ and was worked on by Dean for more than a year.

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When speaking with Rodgers’ on the subject of being “passionate about your part” as a producer, Dean said: “Exactly – or you’d get your feelings hurt, like, every day. Especially working with like Kanye or Travis [Scott], you know, where it changes and everything’s really malleable until it’s over. Anything can happen… Especially Kanye, you know?”

Afterwards, Dean directed the conversation to Kanye’s eighth studio album, ‘Ye’ and said: “We had like 10 songs, I guess, and we were trying to do a seven-song album. I came in one day and he’d erased the whole board and just said, ‘We’re starting over.’ That’s what happened, and we did it in like two weeks – we made seven songs and it came out pretty good.”

Watch the interview via Apple Music interview below.

Earlier this month, Kanye appeared on Fox News to defend the decision of selling his new clothing line between Yeezy and Gap in large construction bags.

After backlash on Twitter for the rapper and designers choice with people describing them as “trash bags”, Kanye has appeared on Fox News to make a statement defending his creative decision.

Speaking to Fox News correspondent Eric Shawn, Kanye said this was “God’s plan” for him to be on the show and that he felt “misrepresented and misunderstood”.

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“I’m an innovator, and I’m not here to sit up and apologise about my ideas,” says West adding that: “This is not a joke, this is not a game, this is not just some celebrity collaboration. This is my life. I’m fighting for a position to be able to change clothing and bring the best design to the people.”

The new line was inspired by “the children” and “the homeless,” according to a now-deleted Instagram post by West, which the Los Angeles Times reported.

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Video and Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

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