Kanye West's 'poetic' new album
Kanye West is working on a new album, describing himself as a "true poet".
The hip-hop star revealed on his blog he is back in the studio working on a fifth album and hinted he will be moving even further away from rap.
Kanye wrote on Kanyeuniversecity.com: "I'm so happy to be back in the studio making new music - I will bring you the best I have to offer - it's funny how so many rappers get worse as their careers stretch out, but true poets get better."
He added: "We will follow in the footsteps of Maya Angelou, Gill Scott-Heron and Nina Simone. Their work improved with time. They documented what was happening in culture."
The 32-year-old musician released 808s And Heartbreak in 2008, following his mother Donda's tragic death during a cosmetic surgery operation, which primarily featured him singing rather than rapping.
Kanye continued in his blog: "That is our responsibility as the modern day artists and poets, to accurately represent what is happening now, so when the powers that be try to rewrite history you can always look at our works and find truth and sincerity in a world of processed information.
"Let us look past headlines and deal with just a bit of reality in this new decade. We have our own outlets now. We don't have to believe everything anymore.
"Now I'll figure out a way to make that rhyme."