Hate to say it, but I told you so. Actually...no I don’t.
Remember when I said that the (then) SWISH handwritten tracklist was by no means official and that changes are most definitely imminent? Well....
Since Kanye tweeted the original tracklist not only has he changed the name of the album and a few of the songs, but he has created what appears to be a studio session guestbook where everyone there—from Kylie Jenner to Chance the Rapper—has laid down their John Hancock.
It is unclear if these artists who have signed are actually on WAVES or just there to witness greatness, but either way, it’s an interesting look into the twilight stages of the album. I may not be excited about the album, but I love liner notes, so I did some digging and broke down all 29 names.
Doug E. Fresh
Doug E. Fresh is Doug E. Fresh. The man’s a legend. He hasn't released an album in twenty years but he can still show up to Kanye’s studio.
Not Big Boi like the Big Boi from Outkast. Big Boy is a radio personality/DJ on LA’s Real 92.3. The Instagram post above confirms he’s been in the studio with Kanye so it's definitely him.
Dion Watkins is a video director who has worked with Fonzworth Bentley (who was also present for WAVES, we'll get there). He directed Bentley's "Everybody" which also features Yeezy.
Chance, acid rapper, soccer, hacky sacker cocky khaki jacket jacker. We're pretty sure there's actually a song on the album featuring Chance.
After disappearing once his solo career fell flat, the umbrella entrepreneur is back!
Flocky Jodye (ASAP Rocky) + ASAP Mob
Focky Jodye is clearly A$AP Rocky. I’m more interested in the ASAP doodled above though. Does that mean the rest of the mob is involved too?
I’m going to assume that “Earl” is Earl Sweatshirt because that’s the only person named Earl that could ever be involved. Seriously, name me another famous Earl. I’ll wait. Oh, and those are also his lips.
No surprise Swizz Beatz, Kanye’s longtime collaborator is there. I’d put money down that he appears in the official liner notes.
Ms. Yeezy. Hopefully, she’s just watching. God forbid he put her on the album.
See Kourtney. Also, wasn't she the one that started this all? He signature was first. She's the John Hancock of WAVES.
It’s kind of hard to see at first, but if you look closely at the giant graffiti “77” you’ll see “The Dream” written on the side. He also crossed out his name below it. Also, he was born in 1977 and even has a mixtape titled 1977, so it's definitely him.
T. Mills (God's Messenger)
T. Mills is Tracey Mills is a designer. Looks like he's worked with Kanye on the clothes front before. Interesting that Kanye brings in everyone from clothing designers to choreographers into the studio. I wonder if Mills has input into the music or is more of a fly on the wall...
Mike Dean is there which is both good (I love what they do together) and not a surprise; these two go way, way back.
Andrew Dawson is a producer and engineer who worked with Kanye on College Dropout. Considering that’s my favorite Kanye album, I’m very happy to see he’s been around for WAVES.
Vanessa Beecroft is one of Kanye’s favorite artists and another collaborator of sorts. She doesn't do music but she choreographed “Runaway” and is credited with the concept for the “Only One” video. We know Kanye loves to be surrounded by creatives and art when he works, and he seems to really be inspired by her.
J. Sakiya Sandifer co-wrote Kanye’s book, Thank You & You're Welcome, and also has a credit on Yeezus. Here’s an interview with him if you are curious. I’d venture a guess that he has a songwriting credit or two.
Noah Goldstein appears to be a producer & engineer for G.O.O.D Music.
Gotta be World Famous Tony Williams, right? It would make sense considering they are extremely tight. I gotta say what’s up to Tony Williams!
Names We Don't Know / Can't Really Read
- Koko Lives (for what it’s worth Kanye performed “All Day” for the first time at the KOKO in London, but that wouldn't really make any sense). [Update: In all likelyhood it's Khloe Kardashian]
- Joey Go
- Vicious [Update: Vicious is Che Vicious AKA Che Pope. Che is GOOD Music A&R and Producer. Recently, he co-produced The Weeknd's Tell Your Friends"]
- Thought Bubble Name:
- Right side of the page in the little thought bubble [Update: All signs point to Elon Rutberg who is a songwriter/creative Kanye works with a lot. Seriously look at his resume.]
- Whoever wrote "To God MC Kanye West"
- Cheat (Written above Vanessa Beecroft) [Update: Cheat is C. Heat which is a nickname for Charlie Heat who is a GOOD music producer. I know becuase he reached out to us personally and now we are best friends.]
- Name In between Mike Dean and Noah G [Update: That is Plain Pat, a record executive, producer and songwriter who once managed both Kanye and Kid Cudi.]
- Signature under Dion Watkins
So there you have it, the official, unofficial list of all the people who are officially around for the recording WAVES until Kanye tweets another picture with more names.
Again it's hard to tell who actually made the album, or what the album will be called when it's all said and done, but it's an interesting look at the the albums final stages.
Besides what the hell else are we going to talk about before the album drops? Beef? No thanks I'll stick to the (maybe) music.