Kanye West – “Chain Heavy”

Yesterday we decided against dedicating a post to Yeezy’s Today cancellation, choosing instead to update our Lauer V. Kanye report to acknowledge this @KanyeWest’s tweet: “I’m not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons. I’m so happy the world got to see just a small piece of ‘the set up.'” So, to get you up to speed…

Via NY Times, we know now Yeezy hired Rubenstein Communications to coach him on handling what became a supremely awkward/(“brutal”) Q&A with the rapper. The PR firm & West parted ways afterward.

The humorous Daily Show take:

STEWART: As with any rap battle, obviously when one participant drops a dis track, the rival is now invited to pick up the mic and respond.
BUSH: (via Today clip) …I’m not a hater…
STEWART: If only Lauer would have been around to broker the peace accord between Bush Sr. and Biggie Smalls.

So: back to the music. While My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has leaked and is garnering raves everywhere, the promised weekly G.O.O.D. Friday (AKA G.O.D.D. Sat AM) MP3s live on! “Chain Heavy” actually debuted atop a Facebook HQ conference table in July. This slicker version with production and cameos from Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and Consequence, is rumored to appear on the deluxe edition of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Kanye West – “Chain Heavy (Feat Talib Kweli, Q-Tip And Consequence)”

Against a spooky synth sample we get a clearer understanding of the rapper’s parallel between that gaudy, ubiquitous Jacob-commissioned Horus necklace and the shackles worn by his ancestors. But feel free to help us parse the Ice Cube, Miles Davis, and “B.A.” Baracus shoutouts.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out 11/22 via Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella.