New Music: Kanye West f/ John Legend & Chris Rock – ‘Blame Game’

John Legend and Kanye West

Kanye West plays the “Blame Game” on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Nov. 22). With longtime collaborator John Legend crooning over rat-tat drums, subtle keys, and delicate strings, the nearly eight-minute tune puts the rapper in a reflective mood, hurting over a romance turned sour. Chris Rock provides comedic relief, naming things he can thank Yeezy for. Listen to what Mr. West calls his current favorite track off his fifth album below.

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52 Comments

  1. Shady

    First. and its a great song!

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  2. MIMS

    Personal preferences aside, Kanye has been putting out some incredibly high-quality music. Talented features and production that focuses on music rather than guaranteed commercial success and, of course, interesting lyrics.

    I appreciate what he is doing and wish the labels would take note that some people still do appreciate (and BUY) music by talented artists. I’ll be buying MBDTW to not only support Kanye, but the potential of others like him as well.

    Props to T. Swift and movin a milli.

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  3. Courtney M

    Love it!

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  4. Tobi A

    I shed a tear when I heard this track, so fucking beautiful.

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  5. Amber

    Why he talkin about me like that ? Yeezy aint teach me shit !!

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  6. Raheem T

    and i cordially dedicate it to bush and T.swift.

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  7. Vegard

    This is amaing!

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  8. Asa

    Such an amazing record.

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  9. G

    ^Kanye dick riders

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  10. Oreka

    Oh, how I love this song! first heard it from his short film “Runaway” after the phoenix has a dead bird placed in front of her & after that seen she is sad & sitting in the backyard with the fawn&lamb…this music is playing in the background…I think it will be one of my faves on his new album MBDTF :)) & John Legend is a great addition to this song, I love his voice.

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  11. sagb

    long ass shit haha.. its okay but i havent been feeling kanyes music this time around except 4 runaway

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  12. gnnvhbncv

    give me mp3 ! <3

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  13. mike

    This is amazing.

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  14. aton

    I think this my song of the year! Wow John Legend kills the chorus and at first Ye caught me off guard with the second verse, but it matches the nature of the song perfectly.

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  15. EL

    This is a hard-hitting open letter, set to music.

    He’s divulging a LOT of emotional and psychological issues tied to a “certain” relationship.

    It’s captivating.

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  16. miguel

    I <3 this song! Too my IDOL Mr. West you got it right this time.

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  17. Chim Ritchalds

    Great track. I think Kanye West has done a good job of putting his creativity and all of the resources he has as his disposal to great use on this album. Lyrically, not the best work but concepts are good. I can do without Chris Rock on this.

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  18. jhuntdaprodigy

    Yeah, the album has leaked. The only songs I haven’t heard in entirety are Blame Game, Gorgeous, Hell Of A Life, & Rick Ross’ verse on Devil In A New Dress. Oh well, he said he did a new version of See Me Now, and hopefully he’ll put Mama’s Boyfriend & Chain Heavy on there as bonus tracks. Not listening to this song, i want SOMETHING to be new when I buy the album smh. Oh well, I guess I’ll just let Good Saturdays (yes saturdays) hold me over until Watch The Throne comes out

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  19. meme

    gorgeous leaked already. I bump it in my car daily…its my personal favorite along with Dark fantasy. Is it only me or did his short film have sum kinda affect the songs on the album…like the film made be fall deeply in love with those 2 tracks

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  20. richiebaaby

    This is definately gonna be one of my favourite songs on MBDTF just because of the meaning of it, musical genius, ahh does anyone know wher i can download this… GOODfriday is the shit!

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  21. Karl

    WOOOOOOOW! Kanye is just a true genius. Beautiful track!

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  22. chet

    amazing track! if only tim could captivate me like he used to:(

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  23. ed

    Can someone help me understand this song? I get it, but I don’t understand the full deeper meaning of it?

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  24. CJ

    did the cd leak??? does anyone know?

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  25. roxanne

    idk if its john who did for me…but this is one of the few hip hop tracks that actually affects…one of the only ones that i think is beautiful…possibly the most beautiful rap song since “Dear mama”…ye…u r a KING!!!

    …and shoutout to him singing without autotune…AND SOUNDING GOOOD!!!

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  26. mr

    Yall even if kanye’s album leaks we must support good music because kanye is one of the few artist(even fewer rappers) to produce on this level so go support him Nov 22!

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  27. ocho

    I will be up in the store buying My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on November 22. Kanye goin real hard! I read this got a PERFECT review from Rolling Stone. CRAZY!

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  28. Chris Shorts

    omg kanye truly delivered a classic i love this song an the cd is gonna be crazy

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  29. derek

    uh this is an aphex twin song from druqks. support the original artist- buy avril 14th

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  30. SupMafarker

    WOw man this is really really good. Hats off Ye

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  31. GENIUS

    Send me chills down my back. Beautiful.
    Haters gonna hate, but you can’t deny the amount of creativity Kanye has. Kanye is probably one of the most creative artist of this generation, if not ever…

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  32. The Answer

    this is a great track, but will cut out chris rock’s part when I get it. This is an amazing track minus chris rock

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  33. xedos

    Rolling stone give the album 5 Stars

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  34. Rihanna Baby

    IM GLAD HE PUT JOHN LEGEND ON THIS TRACK!!! AND KANYE WAS SINGING GOOD TOO!! GREAT SONG!!!!

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  35. Manjeo22

    I will buy the album when it’s release. That’s what I call music, not some souldja boy shit. Shit with no meaning at all.

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  36. Nads

    Mr. West is in the building…

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  37. EbonyLolita

    @The Answer I think the same thing. But…. I guess when he’s explaining the phone call that he heard that was it. Yeah I find it to be a real honest look at breaking up w/someone, finding someone knew to kill the time & then finding out the new person wasn’t any better then the old one b/c of lies/bullshyting. Oh well I guess this is the answer to what happened between Alexis & Amber :/

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  38. A Realist

    Lmao I’m loving this song. Especially Ye’s 2nd verse and the ending with Chris Rock. Good work, Kanye. :) “Yeezy taught me!”

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  39. g0r

    lack of visual empathy= l.o.v.e.

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  40. NadsReplier

    …swagger on 100,000 1,000,000,000,000

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  41. Mel

    Where can I download this versionn ?

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  43. Rihanna Baby

    yeezzyyy taught me

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  44. Obanik

    so now we know what happen between him and amber rose.

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  45. Scurvy

    Love the song, but whoever wrote this article should point out that the entire music for the song is a sample of an Aphex Twin song. Kanye is still great, but props should be given to Aphex Twin.

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  46. ary

    amazing!

    also to the commenters above, there is one snippet of the piano from the aphex twin song taken + looped; all the strings, bass, other layers etc are added in by kanye. love both songs but they are VERY different
    (beauty of hiphop)

    cannot wait for this album to drop!

    11.22.10

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  47. juss

    damnnn thiss is greatness,n he talkin boutt amberr rosee

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  48. Cassive

    He has a good singing voice. This is a tune.

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  49. LYAVER

    APHEX TWIN – AVRIL 14th
    APHEX TWIN – AVRIL 14th
    APHEX TWIN – AVRIL 14th
    APHEX TWIN – AVRIL 14th
    APHEX TWIN – AVRIL 14th

    LISTEN TO THE ORIGINAL!!!

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  50. Katie

    I like this song, but the best part is not Kanye. It’s the original track by Aphex Twin- Avril 14th. Giving credit where its due.

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  51. uGEEu

    Awesome song, Black excellence Baby!

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  52. Panther

    lol @ uGEEu … black excellence? While he’s standing on the shoulders of Richard James (Aphex Twin)? For years African Americans have complained about how “white men” have stolen the “black man’s music” (jazz and the blues) … I find it completely ironic that the exact opposite is happening now – African American artists sampling white artists just as much as they’ve sampled other black artists, making money off it, and becoming popular all over the world.

    The truth is, art is art is art, and I love hip hop just as much as I love rock, electronica, jazz, the blues, classical … ALL of it. Everyone on BOTH sides of the racial divide need to get the hell off their high horses and recognize that music and talent know no limits. And I also find it completely ironic that “Yeezy” himself can’t get past this… repeating the same narrow-minded crap every time he opens his mouth.

    I wish the world could just appreciate both songs, both people for being artists, and drop the rest of the pretense.

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