Kanye West says he’s returning to Chicago – and never leaving.
The 41-year-old rap star made the announcement during an appearance alongside fellow Chicago icon Chance the Rapper, revealing the two are working “on a brand new album.”
“I want to thank my brother Chance for bringing me back to Chicago,” he said. “I want to let you know I’m moving back to Chicago and never leaving.”
Speculation of a collaboration between the two major artists heightened over the weekend after Chance posted on Instagram an image that read “Good Ass Job,” a nod to an album title West had planned more than a decade ago.
West confirmed the album name Monday, to the delight of many Yeezy fans. The crowd at Harold Washington Library Center erupted at the news.
West, who is from Chicago, has tweeted several times about his hometown in recent weeks and previously named his third baby after the city.
He previously said he planned to teach a course at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art, but the School of the Art Institute of Chicago said it had no plans to have West teach at the facility.
West also said he planned to open a “Yeezy office” in the city and said he visited the Stony Island Art Bank. He later added he planned to do Chicago Comedy Jam and to restore the Regal Theatre, though nothing was confirmed at the time.
It remains unclear if Kim Kardashian West and the couple’s children will be joining the rapper should he move to the city. Kardashian West has not commented on social media about the announcement.