Evian Christ Confirms New Kanye West Album, Drops Details

Producer says he was commissioned for a beat that was sorta Otis Redding, sorta Mobb Deep.

By Courtney E. Smith

In an interview with self-titled, producer and member of the Very G.O.O.D. Beats music stable Evian Christ revealed some of the details of how he got involved with Yeezus and dropped the news that Kanye West is already working on a follow-up. The request he made of Christ, whose given name is Josh Leary, is a little less experimental sounding than last go-around.

“I’ve got to get home and write an Otis Redding–style beat for him,” said Leary. “[West] e-mailed last night. He wants something that sounds a bit like Otis Redding, a bit like Mobb Deep.”

West sought out the producer during the end stages of readying Yeezus and Leary says he ended up keeping all the beats he was sent. He details West’s people asking him to take a last minute flight to Paris to work with the megastar. It would be his first time in the studio and it yielded huge results — he’s had requests from Drake, Tyga and Rick Ross after helping create Yeezus cut “I’m In It.”

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“Kanye is the one dude who’s like, ‘This is not experimental enough. This is too poppy. Make something else,'” he explained. “The other guys are like, ‘We don’t get it.’

“Kanye is a dream to work with. No one else gives you that level of creative freedom. When he wants you to work to a blueprint, the blueprint is: ‘Don’t make a rap beat. Anything but a rap beat.'”

Between now and a new album, Kanye West will bring a Yeezus tour film, directed by Hype Williams, to theaters.


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