Kanye West delivers a speech at the album listening event for "Yeezus" last night in New York.
Kanye West held a listening party for his upcoming mysterious album Yeezus last night in NYC. The event really brought to light 'Ye's ideas surrounding Yeezus and what to expect from the album-- so far we haven't even heard one full song off it in CDQ, so it's difficult to judge the project, although we've heard several songs performed live. While at Milk Studios in New York's meatpacking district, Yeezy gave a speech explaining part of the album proccess in the midst of celebrities, fellow artists, music executives, models and the like.
Check out excerpts of what Kanye had to say courtesy of MissInfo, as well as footage of it going down. He confirms that Rick Rubin is indeed the executive producer of Yeezus, as we reported yesterday, as well as reveals multiple collaborations on the LP.
"If you ever see somebody standing next to me, know that they’re better than me at something.
We didn’t give a fuck about what nobody said from the outside looking in. We just wanted to make the best product possible and this is just the beginning of an entire new mentality about how to make music.
Creative directors: Matt Williams, Virgil Abloh, and the whole team, Don C, Ibn, all the Been Trill Family and RSVP family.
From Daft Punk working on like 3-4 joints on the album. The first joint, “Onsite,” “I Am a God,” “Black Skinhead.” Mike Dean, Travis Scott, working on the album. Hudson Mohawke, Arthur. Last, but not least that came and helped bring this whole shit together, that executive produced the album with me and the family, is Rick Rubin coming in and like finishing up the whole shit for us, which is legendary because everything we did on this project, everything I did, like when we released ‘Numbers on the Board,” from the video, to the no artwork, to the style of the song and everything, I was like ‘what would Rick Rubin do.’ What was his Def Jam shit that they would do because I remember Rick even saying, he said ‘when we did Def Jam we really wasn’t feeling like we was in competition with nobody body because our shit was so direct… ‘where we at right now?’ We in the middle of the city right now, open to the muthafuckin’ streets and nobody is shuttin’ down shit while we make real music.
So I had to go to the god Rick Rubin and play him my shit, ask him questions and allow him to take this project to an entirely new level. And he made a lot of great decisions at the end and pulled it to a new level.
I wanna explain something about the title Yeezus, simply put West was my slave name and Yeezus is my god name."
The album arrives on June 18th!