kanye west drops two surprise new tracks on soundcloud
One is a new version of a Kanye classic, the other is Yeezy's take on a beat he made for The Weeknd.
Kanye West has unexpectedly shared two new tracks on SoundCloud - or, to be more precise, he's shared two nearly new tracks. The first is a revamped version of Say You Will, the opening song from his classic 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak, featuring dramatic new vocals and instrumentation from Pulitzer Prize-winning violinist Caroline Shaw.
The second new offering, When I See It, sees Kanye delivering Auto-Tuned vocals over the old-school beat from The Weeknd's Tell Your Friends, a track he helped to produce. Clocking in at under two minutes, Kanye's version definitely feels like a demo, and could almost pass for an off-cut from the 808s & Heartbreak sessions.
Kanye recently performed 808s & Heartbreaks in full with a symphony orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, and these two new tracks feel like a by-product of Yeezy's nostalgia for 808s as opposed to a preview from his next album. In September Kanye described that new album, currently titled SWISH, as a "two-year painting" that "may be still a year from being complete".
Listen to them at soundcloud.com/kanyewest