When not running for President or making clothes that we just can’t bring ourselves to like, Kanye West is thankfully doing what he does best – making great music. It’s been two years since West dropped his sixth solo album Yeezus and it looks like he’s taking time to revisit some of his older hits before moving forward with a new album.
Though not promoted in any way by West himself, two new songs from Kanye have appeared on the rapper’s SoundCloud account recently. Both of West’s new tracks were uploaded two weeks ago, but the validity of the Soundcloud account has never been confirmed by West. It wasn’t until this week when rapper Travi$ Scott Instagrammed a link to the account with the caption ‘It starts’ that people took notice.
West’s first new track is from his 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak. We’ve always thought of West’s Say You Will as a strong dark and experimental song, but not one of the album’s biggest stand outs. That was, until West remixed Say You Will to include a choral line that lifts the song up ten fold and turns it into a cinematic experience.
The remix also includes the vocals of Caroline Shaw, the Pulitzer Prize winning singer and violinist, who adds an extra element to Say You Will. West and Shaw performed together earlier this month at a Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Yeezy 2020, y’all.
In addition to remixing his own song, West also takes on The Weeknd’s Tell Your Friends, renaming his version When I See It. Staying in the 808s and Heartbreak theme, West sings over The Weeknds’ Beauty Behind The Madness track with Auto-Tune helping the rapper hit all his notes.
The original song was produced by West and The Weeknd’s video is a direct nod to Kanye’s 2007 video for Flashing Lights off the album Graduation.
West isn’t the first famous rapper to freestyle over Tell Your Friends. Longtime Weeknd supporter Drake also laid down some new verses in a freestyle posted online in September.
West has been doing a lot of revisiting to his artistically adventurous 2008 album lately, performing 808s and Heartbreak in its entirety twice in September during sold out shows at the Hollywood Bowl. We’re hoping both the concert and the new remixes are signs that West’s long-awaited and highly anticipated SWISH album is both nearing completion and comprised of West at his most creative. Or maybe he was just playing around with Garage Band one night.