With Kanye West stepping not only into fatherhood, but also a highly anticipated and controversial release day for his latest full length, Yeezus, iconic photographer Jonathan Mannion has released a small set of never-before-seen photographs of Kanye West from the early-2000’s era. Collected from a photoset for The FADER’s inaugural “Now” Issue, the photoset was also the very first ever Kanye West magazine cover photoshoot. An obvious stark contrast exists when looking back at a pre-era Ye compared to the current Yeezy Season Mr. West. Nonetheless, a very interesting retrospective glance into a previous era of an artist who has gone on to not only re-structure the hip-hop landscape but also position himself as a strong voice within the realms of fashion as well.
It would be an understated to say that Kanye West has been making waves leading up to his anticipated June 18th drop of Yeezus. Be it off the strength of the religiously controversial title, or the socially controversial “New Slaces” lyricism or the widely discussed global marketing projection initiative, Mr. West seems to be a role. The latest footage of Ye is captured during an unscheduled session for his European fans while touching down at Design Miami/Basel in Switzerland. Yeezy hits the track “New Slaves” direct over the mic acapella style for all those who were in attendance. It looks like #yeezyseason is really beginning to heat up this summer – stay tuned for the official album drop next week.