Kanye West announced the tentative title of his ninth studio album, Turbo Grafx 16, via Twitter on February 26. The title appears to be inspired by the late 80s/early 90s video game console that was one of Kanye’s “favorite gaming systems when I was a kid.”
Inspiration for the title seems to come from a nostalgic place for the Chicago native. He followed the revelation with a tweet claiming that his childhood friend, Mali – whom he cites in 2005 single “Drive Slow” – owned a Neo Geo gaming console back in the day.
The album announcement is not necessarily a surprise being that he stated via Twitter TWTR +1.99% that he would have another album dropping this summer, but how likely is it for this album title to stick?
The news comes on the heels of his recent release, The Life of Pablo, which had its fair share of alterations before its long-awaited due date – originally titled Swish, then amended to Waves shortly before settling on its current and permanent title. Praise for the creativity of the album came with the criticism of his financial situation. Though admitting to being $53 million in debt, he raked in $22 million according to last year’s Cash Kings list, and with a much anticipated tour in the future he should hopefully begin quiet the complaints of any collectors.
With a vague, essentially non-existent release date and a tentative title for his upcoming project, the next order of business is firming up the rollout plan.