Last night, New York’s epically soggy and mud-clogged Governors Ball festival ended with what was reportedly a dark and vengeful headlining set from Kanye West. Kanye’s played casino shows and high-profile one-offs in recent months, but this was his first show in front of a large, paying audience in quite some time, which means it’s the first time anyone had a shot at making half-decent camera-phone videos of West performing new songs from his forthcoming album Yeezus. During the set, he did “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead,” performing the latter twice, and he also trotted out a few other new tracks. “On Site” sounded like Kanye’s version of late-’80s industrial dance music. “I Am A God” was monolithically stark and haunted. And an as-yet-untitled new track was a glitchy slap full of primal whoops. Suffice to say, Yeezus is shaping up to be an absolute motherfucker of an album. Claire will have more about the festival later, but for now, watch videos of Kanye doing those three songs along with a transcript of the monologue the rapper delivered mid-set.
“With this album we ain’t drop no single to radio. We ain’t got no NBA campaign, nothing like that. Shit, we ain’t even got no cover. We just made some real music. Like, back when I used to make albums and shit, a couple years ago, we’d go away and work on the album for months or something. We’d always have to hold the album to like August, or September or till the perfect moment and shit. Because it mean that ‘I think would sell more if it get more audience and shit.’ But honestly at this point when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I want to be no more. Honestly at this point, I could give a fuck about selling a million records as long as I put out an album for the summer that y’all can rock to for all fuckin’ summer… At this point I don’t really give a fuck about outside opinion.” (via Billboard)
Yeezus is out 6/18 on Def Jam.