Kanye West’s 2013 album Yeezus never got a vinyl release, possibly in part to its rushed release with Kanye working on the album right up until its release date, similar to this year’s The Life of Pablo. However, according to UK label LuckyMe, a vinyl release of Yeezus was planned at one point. LuckyMe, the label behind the releases of TNGHT, Cashmere Cat, Rustie, and more, revealed that they were once asked to look into mocking up a design for the release.
Hudson Mohawke and Lunice (aka TNGHT) co-produced “Blood on the Leaves,” which would explain the connection between Yeezus and LuckyMe, but it’s unclear as to why the release never panned out. In the comments of their Instagram post, they explained the design more, saying, “We had to house some prints by Nick Knight so hid them between x2 mirrored-backed inserts. The case is a thin acrylic box.” They didn’t reveal much else about the fabled vinyl release, but it’s clear they had one hell of a cool design on their hands here.
It’s interesting to see Kanye reached out to a UK-based indie label in the first place for a vinyl release of Yeezus, but it’s a shame it never worked out, leaving collectors with the option of shady bootlegs or a cassette release. Here’s hoping Kanye revisits the idea of a vinyl release for Yeezus, once he finishes tweaking the album, anyway.