Hmmm. Now that throws a wrench in the plans for Kanye. I doubt he'd want his album out around the same time as Pusha(my thinking just because they're both GOOD music), and if Kanye debuts a new track around SNL that'd make me think a new album would be due around July. Or am I just looking too far into this?
Why would it be due around July? That does not line up with Kanye's or even Def Jams approach to build buzz.
They've always done the same thing with their top 5 biggest acts; An odd single out well in advance, to be able to use the reaction to angle the record. Power came out what, six months before the record? So yeah, if he debuts one on SNL, you can count on it to be a big "statement" of a song and the record to follow just about 6-12 months later.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Remember Jockin' Jay-Z? That was supposed to be the big lead-in to Blueprint 3 and the failure of that song made them re-do half the record, with D.O.A being the new lead-in. It's a very smart and effective way to put out a record. I mean, I definitely thought Jockin' Jay-Z to be the perfect lead-in at the time.