Prior to Monday night’s listening party, Kanye West had debuted five new songs live, specifically “New Slaves” (featuring Frank Ocean), “Black Skinhead” (which
samples Marilyn Manson and was composed by Daft Punk), “I Am A God”, “On Sight’, and “Send It Up”. A sample of another song labeled as “Bound” is currently streaming on Kanye’s website. A seventh song, possibly titled “Could’ve Been Somebody” and sampling TNGHT’s “R U Ready”, was premiered by Hudson Mohawke during a DJ set at Parklife Festival over the weekend.
At the listening party, Kanye played a track featuring Chief Keef and Justin Vernon (Cant Handle My Liquor), and another with Kid Cudi. One track reportedly sampled Billie Holidays Strange Fruit flipped with TNGHTs Higher Ground.
Speaking with The Huffington Post, producer Mike Dean said the album is “not an extension of [West’s 2010 album] My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It’s a new work of art.”
In regards to “I Am A God”, the song’s title is reportedly a reference to Psalm 82, which includes the following:
I said, You are gods,
And all of you are children of the Most High.
But you shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes.
Other lyric content seems to delve into modern-day racism (“New Slaves”) and the mainstream media’s portrayal of him (“Black Skinhead”).
“I Am A God”
“Send It Up”
“Could’ve Been Somebody”?