January 27, 2010 at 06:21 PM EST

Last we heard from Kanye West, he was “SO HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE STUDIO MAKING NEW MUSIC,” name-dropping Maya Angelou, Gil Scott-Heron, and Nina Simone on his blog. That was only three weeks ago. But a recent Twitter post from Kanye’s cousin and collaborator Devo Springsteen suggests that Yeezy might be farther along on his next project than we’d thought. “Heard the new Kanye West album,” Springsteen tapped out on his cell phone yesterday. “Inspiring…” (Thanks to Nah Right for spotting this.)

Okay, so that’s not a whole lot to go on. Still — “the new Kanye West album”? So he has an entire new album already, finished or close enough to finished that it’s being listened to by his inner circle? And it’s inspiring, no less? Very exciting!

We haven’t been able to get an official update on the status of Mr. West’s next project from his label yet, but that’s no reason not to start anticipating wildly. What do you hope Kanye’s next album (assuming there is one) sounds like? Is this something you’re looking forward to?

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