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Hip Hop this week: When will Kanye West surprise us next?

It's been a good seven months since he revealed Ye.

When will we hear new music from Kanye West? It’s not been too long since he rolled out Ye and his G.O.O.D Music roster of releases, but after teasing fans with YANDHI on social media in the second half of 2018, fans have been left hanging ever since. Well, it looks like things might be revving back up again. Among all the other projects the rapper and producer is getting himself involved in, Kanye’s new ‘Sunday Service’ series (check it out on YouTube) has provided a platform for fans to get an insight into some jam sessions helmed by Kanye and other players in the depths of G.O.O.D Music HQ. Having linked up with Kid Cudi and 070 Shake on the series’ first episode, Kanye elevated things for the second, premiering a previously unheard track entitled ‘We’ll Find A Way’. Currently existing as an instrumental, ‘We’ll Find A Way’ has already been picked up as a good indicator of where Kanye is sitting when it comes to new music. Follow along and give it a listen online, it’s looking like more new sounds are on the way from ‘Ye.

After the Surviving R. Kelly documentary screened recently, exposing R&B singer R. Kelly’s sordid past (and current details) of alleged abuse, the music industry has been reeling. Collaborations with the likes of Lady Gaga and Chance the Rapper have been pulled from streaming services, while artists including John Legend, Questlove and more have openly condemned Kelly online. More recently, Sony Music have distanced themselves from Kelly, dropping him from their roster. In the middle of protests against his concerts and the now viral #MuteRKelly campaign on social media, Sony’s separation from R. Kelly is a big development as he continues to move ahead and not just perform, but prepare new music. Kelly has been with Sony/RCA since the beginning of his career and as of now, any new music from him is on hold.

Run The Jewels rapper Killer Mike has never been shy on publicising social and political commentary, but with his new Netflix series Trigger Warning, the Atlanta-bred artist has properly kicked things up another notch. Tackling issues currently prevalent in black communities in America including gang violence, religious issues, poverty and more, Trigger Warning offers a stark insight and perspective – delivered in Killer Mike’s unique voice and humour. The series is six episodes long and according to Killer Mike himself, the series explores “the most absurd thoughts and arguments I’ve had in my life” and seeing if they could be actualised in reality. From forming his own religion, to exploring racism in an elementary school environment, Trigger Warning is definitely worth a watch – best part is, it’s available now to binge.