Kanye West gets into beef over new album title

Swish becomes Waves, but it’s no longer ‘the best album of all time’.

Kanye West changes album title from Swish to Waves
Swish? Not any more. Kanye West changes album title to Waves, and Wiz Khalifa isn’t happy. Image Photo Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Kanye West has got into trouble in the hip hop world after changing the name of his new album to Waves.

After announcing that he’d finished work on ‘the best album of all time’ earlier this week, Kanye West tweeted that the album – previously called SWISH and due out on February 11 – would now be called Waves.

Along with news of the new title, West also posted an amended tracklist, which adds a new track, Ultra Light Beam. The additional scrawl also seems to suggest that A$AP Rocky, The-Dream and Swizz Beatz are set to be involved in the album.

In typical fashion, the news from West’s camp met a mixed response. Wiz Khalifa tweeted shortly after to express his disdain, asking West not to “take the wave”.

The Wave movement was made popular in the mid 00s by Harlem rapper Max B, the artist responsible for the acclaimed Coke Wave mixtape series. B has been in prison since 2009 on murder conspiracy and robbery charges. He continues to maintain his innocence after he was sentenced to 75 years in prison for ordering his ex-girlfriend Gina Conway and stepbrother Kevin Leerdam to murder two men, Jay Plowden and David Taylor, at a New Jersey hotel.

Real name Charly Wingate, B’s appeal against his sentence was denied in 2012, which led to Jay Z giving support to Max B in his Dr Dre and Rick Ross collaboration track 3 Kings that year.

Khalifa has now shown his support for the “wavy one”.

West responded to Khalifa’s claims, saying he has “all respect” for Max B. He also namechecked fellow Wave movement pioneer Andre Harrel, the former Motown president and founder of Uptown Records. Harrel is now P Diddy’s business partner in his multi-platform business, Revolt.

Khalifa releases his new album, simply titled Khalifa, on February 5. Yesterday, he also posted a freestyle rap over Adele’s Hello.

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