Kanye West is preparing to rebuild his reputation with a new album after returning to the studio to work on his rap comeback.
The Stronger hitmaker has been lying low since facing a backlash following his behaviour at the MTV Video Music Awards in September (09), when he ruined Taylor Swift's big moment by storming the stage during her acceptance speech.
He apologised for the stunt shortly after the incident and vowed to take some time out to reflect on his attitude, admitting, "I need to... take some time off and just analyse how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve."
But West is ready to return to the spotlight and is back behind the microphone.
In a New Year's (10) post on his website, West writes, "First of all, I want to thank everybody for their constant love and support over these past 6 years! I’m so happy to be back in the studio making new music. I will bring you the best I have to offer with the same dedication that Kobe (Bryant) has on the court."
And the rapper is urging his fans not to pay attention to tabloid reports in the future and instead focus on his work.
He adds, "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."
West's last album, 808s & Heartbreaks, was released in 2008.