CURRENT: Kanye West – “I Am A God”

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As the world braces itself for the release of Kanye West’s padlocked upcoming studio LP, bits and pieces of music have begun to start trickling out. After performing “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead” on SNL in May and the Governor’s Ball in June, we’ve been given the first sample of music from Kanye in the studio. The unforgiving and primal nature of Yeezus, first hinted at on his highly acclaimed SNL performance, doesn’t appear to be a smokescreen as “I Am A God” is just as punishing as anything Mr. West has ever done.

Dark, rave-y synths and screeching guitars battle for airtime as Kanye tears through the beat. Any other rapper would get shown up by this monster beat, yet Kanye treats it as a podium he proudly stands behind. Kanye’s spine-tingling screams over luscious strings courtesy of the track’s producers, Daft Punk, recalls Kanye’s 808s and Heartbreaks out-of-left-field musical detour, but with no autotune masking the rapper’s unparalleled emotional delivery. All praise Yeezus.

Kanye West’s sixth studio album, Yeezus, is coming 18 June 2013.

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