Kanye’s “Graduation” Date, Earlier Than Expected

Kanye’s “Graduation” Date, Earlier Than Expected

Though originally set for a September release, Def Jam has confirmed that Kanye West is now slated to walk the stage with his new album, Graduation, in late August.

According to Billboard, the news came via the Louis Vuitton Don's latest mixtape, which recently made its way to the internet and boasts 25 tracks, including "In The Mood," featuring Brooklyn rhyme-spitter Talib Kweli as well as "Us Placers," which features guest verses from Pharrell and fellow Windy City MC Lupe Fiasco.

In addition to leaking snippets from the album's track listing, Ye recently released a Hype Williams-directed clip for the album's lead single, "Can't Tell Me Nothing," which is co-produced by DJ Toomp. The video, which premiered this past Friday on the rapper's website, features only Kanye in a stripped-down, deserted environment with no celebrity cameos or video models.

The album will also feature guest appearances from Coldplay's Chris Martin, Jon Brion, 88 Keys and poet Malik Yusef.

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