Sheesh, it appears this whole rushing-an-album-to-market thing really seems to be catching on. And now, in the wake of standard-circumventing pioneers like Beck, the Raconteurs, and Bloc Party, hip-hop problem child and SPIN cover boy Kanye West may be the next to hurry an album to fans with the release of his fourth studio set.
According to a Billboard.com report, West, who is also working on material for Jay-Z's forthcoming Blueprint III, may be eyeing a fourth quarter release for his new album, which, says reports, was tentatively titled Good Ass Job several years ago to fall in line with his College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation series. What's next, Midlife Crisis and Retirement?
Also, reports state West has been performing a new track titled "Love Lockdown" on tour, which may be the record's first single and is rumored to hit iTunes in just days. Furthermore, the rapper -- who just last year said he'd never appear at the event again -- was added to the bill for MTV's VMA ceremony today and may unveil the track live during his performance. Tune in Sunday (Sept. 7) and see for yourself!