June 13, 2013


Kanye West Gives Intense A Capella Performance of "New Slaves"

Kanye West has an awesome history of a capella raps, like his Def Poetry Jam version of "All Falls Down" and the time he rapped on a table at Facebook HQ in 2010 to start building buzz for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Now we've got a new entry for Yeezy's just-me-and-the-mic history, and it's one of the best. 

Popping up at Art Basel in Switzerland (and likening himself to Steve Jobs, yet again), West performed "New Slaves" a capella. While we've seen the track projected on buildings and performed in shimmering HD on Saturday Night Live, this unedited, ferocious iteration is probably the most exciting bit of Yeezus we've encountered so far. If Kanye brought this level of passion to the album itself, we're in for an amazing ride.

At about the 3:40 mark, Kanye takes to his laptop to blast a clear-sounding version of "On Sight," one of several Daft Punk collaborations that'll show up on Yeezus. It'll sound familiar to anyone who was at New York's Governors Ball last weekend (or anyone who watched the videos), although even crisper.

The final update from Kanyeland: The latest alleged tracklist for Yeezus is out. "Reached for comment, a spokesperson for Def Jam said the track list is 'close,' but wouldn't elaborate on what was missing or incorrect," reads a report at Spin, where you can check out the potential tracklist.