By Maurice Bobb
Everyone knows that Kanye West is releasing new music soon. The question, then, was where would we hear it first? The biggest mystery in hip-hop was answered Saturday (May 11) at the Free Form Festival in Warsaw, Poland.
Based on what festival attendees heard, it’s official: Yeezy season has begun.
The G.O.O.D. Music producer cued up an EDM-inspired track first. On the video, the song comes across as garbled and indecipherable amongst the club noise, but the futuristic pulses comes through, as does the line, “Let me show you right now for you give it up.” This could be the track that the“Cold” rapper crafted around Daft Punk’s drum beats. ”It was very raw: he was rapping — kind of screaming primally, actually,” they told Rolling Stone of the recording session.
The second song of the night had a little more of a boom bap feel to it, layered over a hard-hitting bass line, with Kim Kardashian’s baby daddy spitting signature narcissistic lines like, “There’s leaders and there’s followers/but I’d rather be a d-ck than a swallower” and “I know that we the new slaves.”
The two sonic morsels will serve as a nice appetizer for fans, who will see the Louis Vuitton Don back in action on “Saturday Night Live” on May 18, where he’ll likely perform more unreleased music from his forthcoming sixth studio album. West has been a fixture in the tabloid headlines of late thanks to his cryptic “June Eighteen” tweet, his impending nuptials, his recent performance at the MET Gala, his upcoming cameo on “Anchorman 2” and his recent run in with a “Wrong Way/severe tire damage” sign while trying to dodge paparazzi.