Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West reportedly treated music industry insiders to a new tune this week in California.
According to reports, Mr. West released a new song on Wednesday (January 21) at the iHeartMedia Music Summit.
People are sleeping with one eye open in case Kanye West releases new music, and that moment seems to be fast approaching. On Wednesday, West previewed new music from his seventh studio album at the iHeartMedia Music Summit at Burbank, Calif.’s iHeartRadio Theatre, according to a source at the event. (Billboard)
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Kanye also spoke on the misconception of not wanting his music on the radio.
“This little talk I’m giving is going good so far,” he said at one point, “so I have to risk being Kanye” — meaning he’d have to mess it up. He also doubled back on a statement he made onstage at Governors Ball in 2013: that he didn’t want to be on the radio. “I was joking!” he laughed. “Of course I want to be on the radio!” He said “Black Skinhead” was another innovative record that he wished radio had embraced, and sang some of it a cappella. (Billboard)
Kanye’s camp released a statement about what’s to come with West and music veteran Paul McCartney a few weeks ago.
According to a spokesperson for West, “Only One” is the first “publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists.” McCartney and West began work on the track earlier last year in Los Angeles, starting with, as the statement notes, “a simple brainstorming session between the two, with McCartney improvising on the keyboards and Kanye vocally sketching and shaping ideas in a stream-of-consciousness riff. (Rolling Stone)
Kanye’s team also stressed how much his late mother played in their new “Only One” song’s content.
The lyrics are from the perspective of Kanye’s mother Donda, who died in 2007 after complications from surgery. In a statement, West said he felt that through the lyrics, “my mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter,” adding that he noted the name “Kanye” means “Only one, (USA Today)