UPDATE: Kanye West tweeted Sunday that his upcoming album will no longer be titled So Help Me God. “I’m changing my album name to Swish,” the rapper told fans before immediately warning them, “I might change it again but that’s the name now.”
Kanye West has spent the past week in Europe promoting an “80-percent done” new album that didn’t have an album title or a release date. However, the rapper cleared up one of those questions last night on Twitter when he revealed that his upcoming Yeezus follow-up would be titled So Help Me God. West’s tweet was accompanied by an image that could be So Help Me God‘s album cover: a diamond shape connected at the points by four lower-case m’s that Reddit discovered is a 13th century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary.
Earlier this week, West debuted his fiery new track “All Day” at the 2015 Brit Awards, then followed that up with a pair of “Only One” performances on both the U.K.’s The Jonathan Ross Show and Sweden’s Skavlan. Along the way, West chatted with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe about his new album. “It’s fun to work hard. We’re being inventive,” West said. “The College Dropout came out of a fight to rap. This new album is coming out of a fight to design.” The rapper also compared his latest music to the hymn “Amazing Grace” because of its focus on “the beauty of the struggle;” the album’s title plays into that theme as well.
While West did finally offer up his new album title, don’t expect a release date any time soon: In an interview earlier this month with New York hip-hop station Power 105, the rapper said that release dates are “100 percent played out” and that his new LP would arrive in a “surprise” fashion like Beyoncé’s Beyoncé and Drake’s new If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.
“My last album was a protest of music,” West told Power 105 of Yeezus, an album that was critically acclaimed but didn’t cater many singles to hip-hop radio. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna take my ball and go home’… I didn’t even have no music. I just let y’all have a little music on ‘Bound,’ but that was it. But this album is just embracing the music, embracing joy and just being a service to the people.”