If G.O.O.D. Music is hiring, perhaps Kanye will want to reach out to Paul Dateh. He just posted this incredible remix of "Yeezus" track "New Slaves," with just about every part covered, from the blaring horns to the eerie distorted synths. Hopefully Mr. Dateh has more tricks like this up his sleeve. Check out the video above, as well as Dateh's channel for more covers and original material.
A 1:13 minute long, HQ snippet of the beginning of "New Slaves". You heard it on SNL and the walls of very iconicbuildings, but now we hear the production slightly more clear in what sounds like an advanced rip of the song. Can't wait for this CDQ to hit (but getting this increasing feeling that there will be no leak... of anything... until June 18th).
Last night, Kanye West announced more screenings of "New Slaves" in many more cities across the world. One of those cities was Houston, which makes the news today for shutting down the "New Slaves" spectacle at Rothko Chapel. Reports the Houston Chronicle:
Houston police shut down the “Yeezus” revival at Rothko. Despite an upbeat, respectful crowd, they pulled several cars onto the grass, flashed lights and sirens and demanded everyone leave or be arrested for trespassing. Folks slowly dispersed when it was clear this wasn’t part of the show.
Houston singer Dominique attended the library screening and said it was shut down due to “technical difficulties.” It was rescheduled for later that night/morning, but police eventually shuttered that screening, too, after a tense back and forth.
The Bush Memorial screening was also a “no show” according to fan Janet Quiroa.
“All we saw were the sprinklers come on and obnoxious people screaming Kanye threats,” Quiroa said.
Wow. Pretty intense for just shutting down a projection. It's a shame that this expression of art was shut down by authorities, but in the larger scheme of things, couldn't this further spark the revolutionary theme that Kanye's expressing in his music? In a weird way, the genius of Kanye may have been hoping and expecting for one of these screenings to get shut down by police. What do you all think of the news?
More screenings tonight across the world! Find out if it's in your city at KanyeWest.com.
#YeezySeason is in full effect again! Tonight, one week after the projection premiere of "New Slaves" out of nowhere, Kanye West spreads the wealth to all new cities in the U.S. and Europe that didn't get a chance to experience it last week. Places like Atlanta, Houston, San Diego and overseas like Barcelona, Oslo, Milan, and Cannes. KanyeWest.com for those cities, locations, and times.
Now the speculation begins... will the projection be the same, or different, than "New Slaves" last week?!
It's common knowledge by now: Kanye West is a master of samples. And I for one am not the best at pointing them out, but that makes it all the more sweeter when it's revealed to me, I go back and listen to the song sampled, and have the light bulb moment of "I can hear it!". That moment comes 33 seconds in to Hungarian 60s rock band Omega's "Gyöngyhajú Lány". Apparently they were as big as The Beatles in their native country, cites OkayPlayer. As is almost always the case, I love the original song in its own right and Kanye yet again puts a whole new demographic of listeners onto his own taste of music. You'll hear where 'Ye flipped this song in "New Slaves" in the projection premiere at the end of 'Ye's raps (this outro didn't make the SNL performance).
At one point during the start of #YeezySeason this weekend, I thought to myself what his fellow peers in the industry are thinking about how he premiered "New Slaves". Naturally, and expectedly, I'm not the only one as Sway was thinking the same and got thoughts from Kendrick Lamar about the spectacle that still has everyone buzzing. It's cool to hear that K. Dot is inspired by the "New Slaves" premiere and it makes me think back to his outdoor concert for Good Kid, m.a.a.d. city outside of Staples Center last fall. With one like that under his belt, I bet Kendrick Lamar comes up with something innovative again like this, and along the "create an experience" lines of Kanye's "New Slaves" as well, for his next big release.
Up above: Kanye's first performance "Black Skinhead". Down below, his performance of "New Slaves". My first thoughts: more musical evolution from Kanye West. Vibing with the sound and the aesthetics. What did you think of the performances?
UPDATED Thoughts: After sitting with "Black Skinhead" especially and digesting the lyrics (handwritten by 'Ye below), I have come to a point where I'm liking it more with each listen. My first experience was just appreciating the visuals and the heavy, heavy metal influence in the song's sound. The seizure-inducing flashes behind 'Ye, with silhouettes of his ensemble behind him were both amazing. Not to mention Yeezy's "All Black Everything", save for the new red Air Yeezys.
Lyrically, Kanye is comin' back with a clear message and disdain for society, especially when it comes to the racism he not only sees but experiences. The King Kong reference cleverly drives it home for me in "Black Skinhead", with the song as a whole feeling like an independence anthem. Likely because it feels like Kanye is creating from that place of complete, unfiltered freedom. Just as much as ever, you can feel Kanye's soul pour out in his words, with no barrier in between.
For my initial thoughts on "New Slaves", check out my experience and video of the Wrigley Field premiere. As far as tonight's performance goes, the sound sounds even more crisp as one would expect. I thought the first few bars would be delivered more intensely but it set up a nice contrast to the rest of the song. 'Ye being completely still, his stare fixated into space, was magnificent.
Other fun/little things I liked: the LeBron 'Akron' reference in "Black Skinhead" actually made me want to root for LeBron (for just a minute, hah!), the Romans/Trojans punchlines, and Mano embodying the #TreatedCrew steez by wilin' out in the background of both performances.
And overall, what else can I say? 'Ye's got the performance game down to a constantly evolving and creative level. Tonight, he stole the show from Ben Affleck, Amy Poehler's guest appearance, and Bill Hader's final episode (Fred Armisen's too?). #YeezySeason, indeed.
More Kanye West headlines (and it's not stopping with his performance on SNL just hours away...) as Rap-Up is confirming the much-publicized rumor that Kanye is releasing his next album on June 18th. The title — Yeezus.
The (hip hop) world is talkin' about the premiere of "New Slaves" on 66 buildings in 10 cities last night and the other new, juicy detail is that Frank Ocean is to appear as a featured vocalist on "New Slaves". As if people weren't already excited for "New Slaves" to drop, hah. Count me amongst the many.
INCYMI, Maks G and I marveled at the amazing, pop-up premiere of "New Slaves" and were at two of Chicago's most iconic landmarks to capture some raw video! Read our experiences and watch a full preview of "New Slaves"!