4. New Slaves feat. Frank Ocean (samples “Gyöngyhajú lány” by Omega)
5. Can’t Hold My Liquor feat. Chief Keef & Justin Vernon
6. I’m In It feat. Justin Vernon
7. Blood On The Leaves (samples “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday) (Prod. Hudson Mohawke)
8. Guilt Trip feat. Travis Scott
9. Send It Up feat. King L
10. Bound feat. Charlie Wilson (samples “Bound” contains samples of “Bound” by Ponderosa Twins Plus One and “Sweet Nothin’s” by Brenda Lee)
Note: the features and production are unconfirmed, BUT this is a look at the tracklist compiling information from last night's Yeezus album listening party and all of the performances and previews up until this point. We'll update this as soon as there's a final word on the 10 tracks, but for now, this is what it's shaping up as.
Kanye West talks 'Yeezus', the album's promo, and thank you's
Last night, Kanye West held a listening party for Yeezus in NYC and above is a video of him talking about the idea behind putting it out and some thank yous and shoutouts to all those that helped put the album together. Here are some more tidbits from the night:
- Explaining the album's title: "West was my slave name and 'Yeezus' was my God name."
- In attendance: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Q-Tip, Timbaland, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled
- The album was played twice and more features include Chicago's King Louie and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon
- He named a couple of tracks that Daft Punk worked on with him: "Onsite" (the album's first track) & "I Am A God"
Kanye West x American Psycho themed music video. That does sound interesting, to say the least. I'm sure soon enough we'll see the final product, as InTouch reports and indicates:
The theme of the video is none other than the family friendly motif of American Psycho.
“Kanye spent the weekend shooting an American Psycho-inspired video in Brooklyn with Scott Disick and Jonathan Cheban,” an insider tells In Touch. “Jonathan actually gets killed in the end.” The video, which was shot at Brooklyn Fireproof soundstages, is supposed to be released later this week in anticipation of his new album.
“Kanye wants the video to go viral and drum up more publicity for his album,” the insider reveals.
“Kanye is definitely on edge and nervous about how this album will sell. He won’t promote it the normal way, and he wants to create buzz with all these weird, secret demonstrations.”
“Even by Kanye West standards, this is pushing it,” said a music industry source.
Uh-oh. It's pedal to the medal time with Yeezus set for release in 8 days. Reports the NY Post this morning (shouts FSD):
Kanye West is driving Island Def Jam executives “crazy” with last-minute changes, a new producer and legal issues over his new album, “Yeezus.”
Sources exclusively tell us that last week — just two weeks before the album drops — West brought in legendary producer Rick Rubin to help lay down additional tracks for the record, and Def Jam execs spent the week haggling over rights for a vocal he used on his song “Onsite.”
Page Six reported last week that after months spent in Paris recording, West was still working in the studio after early releases got mixed reviews.
We hear that Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam Records, was brought in to help West finish the album. Rubin will be listed as executive producer, sources said.
Def Jam executives haggled over rights to West’s racy song “Onsite,” where the rapper samples an old vocal track from kids in a Chicago church choir. We hear lawyers last week had to track down the choir director and members of the Holy Name of Mary Church choir on the South Side of Chicago to get clearance for the vocals.
Def Jam label chiefs were so worried about whether they would get rights to the track, producers re-recorded the vocals with a different choir to be used in case they couldn’t nail down an agreement with the Holy Name crew in time.
Some interesting tidbits; some of which I'm skeptical about its 100% truth, but I'll take it for what it is. With Rick Rubin on board though, maybe that adds even more of a punch to Yeezus. Overall, I don't really look at this as a warning sign or anything like that. If anything, the more little details that leak, the more I'm intrigued. ICYMI late last night, be sure to watch Kanye West's latest rant, and premieres of new Yeezus tracks from the Governor's Ball.
UPDATE: Hudson Mohawke got in the premiere mode as well: previewing what may be called "Could've Been Somebody", which samples TNGHT's "R U Ready". Watch that below.
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).
UPDATE: Kanye West revealed this, slightly different and official album cover for Yeezus on his website this weekend. If you head over to KanyeWest.com, you can hear a quick 10 second sample for a track that'll be called "Bound". Compare the covers above and below.
05.31.13: Here it is!
The Kanye WestYeezus album cover, which is ironically not a cover. Ever the creative, Kanye and his DONDA team ditch what is typical for album art work and instead will not be releasing a cover or booklet for the album, rather a sticker on the package's opposite side that also contians the tracklist. Hey, I guess this simplifies things: when in stores on June 18th, look for the actual CD to buy. Nice, I dig it. What do you all think?!
No surprise here after Chief Keef was out in Paris recording with Kanye West a couple of months ago, but in this new interview he confirms that he'll be featured on YeezusJune 18th. I wonder about the ripple effect of this upcoming collab and how it will affect the Chicago scene and hip hop in general. What do you all think?
Plus, hear Keef talk about his debut album, Finally Rich, and a co-sign from Derrick Rose in the video above.
Via A.P.C. Founder, Jean Touitou, this flyer for Yeezus was released today revealing that no pre-orders will be available and to "please purchase" come June 18th. What this means is we may be looking at a rare closed leak, and that we all may have to wait until the actual release date of the album to hear the music for the first time (what a concept!). I'm all for that. It just builds the hype for Yeezus even more. So many people will have iTunes loaded up, or out the crib at 9am sharp to grab a physical copy in stores. I'll likely be part of both camps, ha!
So it looks like the Don C teaser for the artwork last night proved correct today. Here's the new scan of the album art to Yeezus. I like the handwritten red tape addition, just not sure what to make of what the gold part of the cover is representing. I'm sure we'll have more details on that soon though.
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.