With a little over a week before the release of Kanye West’s Yeezus, the rapper is slowly pulling back the curtain on his highly anticipated sixth studio album.
Last night West took the stage at Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City and performed five new songs from the heavily guarded forthcoming album for his smartphone-wielding fans.
Along with “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves,” which he performed on Saturday Night Live a couple of weeks ago, West debuted three new tracks including “On Site,” “Send It Up” and the humble “I Am A God,” all of which share the same aggressive, minimalistic and percussive sound.
West also took some time out of his show to explain his unusual promotional methods for Yeezus, including the album’s minimal artwork and lack of a lead single.
“You know with this album, we ain’t drop no single for radio. We ain’t got no big NBA campaign or nothing like that. Shit, we ain’t even got no cover. We just made some real music. Back when I used to make albums and shit a couple years ago, three years ago, four years ago, we’d go away and work for the albums five months or something, we’d always have to hold the album to August or September, perfect moment and shit because it means I think you’re going to sell more because I think you’re going to get more audience and radio and shit.
“Honestly at this point when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I wanna 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 you can all rock to all mother fucking summer. Because at this point I don’t really give a fuck about outside opinions.”
Make sure to watch videos of all five new songs below.
Yeezus is out June 18 on Roc-A-Fella Records.