From Daft Punk To Q-Tip, All The Kanye West ‘Yeezus’ News That’s Fit To Print

Just days before Kanye is set to hit the stage at this weekend’s Governors Ball in New York — where he’ll undoubtedly play something off his new album, Yeezus — fans are getting a few insider details about the upcoming release, including the first small studio version taste of “New Slaves.”

Though fans have had a chance to hear the new track on Saturday Night Live (and possibly projected on a building), this short snippet — clocking in at approximately 1:18 — is the first leak of the album’s official recording from the album, out June 18 on Island Def Jam. Listen to the NSFW snippet below.


Kanye’s new album is certainly shrouded in secrecy. Few know what really went down in that Paris studio. But in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Daft Punk revealed they had worked with the rapper.

“It was very raw,” Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter explained of one specific studio session with West. “He was rapping – kind of screaming primarily.”

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Though no one knew exactly what song (or songs) Daft Punk worked on, a shrewd fan figured out that the French duo helped the rapper on the howl-filled “Black Skinhead.”

The blog, Kanye To The, noted that Bangalter along with his partner, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, were credited as “composers” on the video of Kanye’s SNL performance. (See the proof here.)

This means both Daft Punk and Marilyn Manson, whose song “Beautiful People” is sampled on the track, helped Kanye with “New Slaves.”

And for those fans still interested in news about Yeezy’s last album, 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, yesterday (June 5) Q-Tip revealed an outtake from one of his sessions with ’Ye.

While talking about some of his production work at the Red Bull Music Academy yesterday (June 5), Q-Tip played “Mama’s Boy,” a song that samples Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out.” As Pitchfork noted, Kanye performed the song, also known as “Mama’s Boyfriend,” at the Facebook offices back in 2010.

He also talked about what it’s like working with Kanye.

“With ‘Ye, we do so many different versions of things. He did another version [of this song] with Soulja Boy, too… We had this one that we were really going to probably do…but it didn’t wind up [on the album],” he said. “But I wanted you guys to hear one of the things that I did for him. It’s kind of cool.”

Check out the previously unreleased song in the video, starting at the 1:36 mark, below.


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