October 19, 2015


Kanye West Reworks "Say You Will" & The Weeknd's "Tell Your Friends"

Kanye West on Soundcloud
Kanye West on Soundcloud

Kanye West, never one to play blind to cool things, is now on Soundcloud. Neither of his first two songs are likely candidates for his still-missing-in-action album Swish, but they're both eminently re-listenable jams on their own terms.

The first is an Auto-Tuned, freestyle-feeling take on the Weeknd's "Tell Your Friends," the Beauty Behind the Madness cut Kanye produced and contributed, yes, Auto-Tuned unintelligible vocals to. Drake recently did his own (similarly brief) spin on the track.

The second track is a seven-years-later update of the opening to 808s & Heartbreak, "Say You Will." It's a collaboration with Caroline Shaw, the composer, violinist and singer who, at 30, became the youngest musical Pulitzer Prize winner ever with her Partita for 8 Voices. 

The new "Say You Will" has orchestral moments so big they'd make My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy blush, a murmuring, ethereal vocal backbone, virtuoso light-touch violin and an Auto-Tuned outro like the vibe-y digressions Yeezy's now famous for, only served with a completely different flavor:

"Say You Will" is a timely redux, with Kanye having just performed two complete 808s & Heartbreak concerts in L.A. For more 'Ye curiosities while you await news about Swish and/or that 2020 presidential run, listen to and/or download Yeezer, a Weezer/Yeezy mashup.