"I just needed time alone with my own thoughts / Had treasures in my mind, but couldn't open up my old vault," Kanye West rapped seven years ago on "Power." That time he had gone to Hawaii to escape the intense scrutiny and vitriol that followed The Taylor Swift VMAs, resulting in the canonical My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This time he's reportedly "holed up in a Wyoming retreat at the top of a mountain to find his inspiration," TMZ writes.
The argument could be made that Kanye's final months of 2016 were as tumultuous as the time he became "the abomination of Obama's nation." He was hospitalized, reportedly for temporary psychosis. Kim Kardashian wife was robbed at gunpoint in Paris while 'Ye was across the ocean playing a festival. He canceled, rescheduled and prematurely ended dates on the Saint Pablo Tour, where he spoke favorably of Donald Trump. He met with Donald Trump, at Trump Tower, and tweeted his signed copy of the then–President-elect's Time cover.
Would anyone be surprised if the public reaction to it all—especially compared to what the culture's outrage infrastructure could muster in 2009—has taken a toll, the kind that necessitates a Wyoming retreat to reopen that vault?
TMZ says Yeezy started this stint at the Wyoming mountaintop a week ago, and that he went there two weeks prior as well. The site notes that the 39-year-old has been almost completely missing from the private eye in the last few months, and that sources say this Bon Iver–ish recording isolation "has nothing to do with problems at home or problems with his head...it's all about creating music."
This week Kanye disabled his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Two weeks after dropping his seventh album, The Life of Pablo, in February 2016, 'Ye started working on a new record called Turbo Grafx 16. Spied in the studio were Quavo, Big Sean, Vic Mensa, Lil Yachty, Mike Dean, Kid Cudi and Tha Dogg Pound's Daz Dillinger. The album was teased as summer '16 release.
For more Yeezus, watch an episode of Fuse's digital miniseries The Kanye Effect, this one detailing the dude's legacy as an all-star producer