Kanye West Presents ‘Yeezus’ at New York Listening

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Kanye West presented his latest work of art to the public and press at Milk Studios in New York on Monday night. The star-studded crowd including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, and DJ Khaled gathered at a loading dock in the rain to hear West play each track and speak out about his secretive sixth album.

Yeezus, due June 18, features contributions from Travi$ Scott, Hudson Mohawke, Mike Dean, and Daft Punk, who worked on three or four songs. Chief Keef and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon guest on the same track (“Can’t Handle My Liquor”), while Rick Rubin executive produced the album.

On the thought process: “Collectively, collaboratively, 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 entirely new mentality of how to make music directly for the people.”

On the direction: “It’s about delivering some shit for ya’ll to go to work to, ride to, listen to when you’re working out and shit, whatever ya’ll doing to provide a soundtrack to this shit. We’re gonna keep on doing this shit over and over and over, making shit from my core, from my gut.”

On working with Rick Rubin: “It was good for me 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 whole new level.”

On the title: “I wanna explain something about the title Yeezus. Simply put, West was my slave name and Yeezus is my god name.”

Check out more photos and footage from the listening session below.

DJ Khaled, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z

Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes

Timbaland

[Pitchfork + Miss Info]

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37 Comments

  1. boom boom

    YEEZUS, literally.

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    ewr Reply:

    @boom boom, dont use literally if yo dont even know how to use it. that made no sense

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  2. stanticha

    beyonce’s milf ass

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  3. Dardo

    “we didn’t give a fuck about what nobody said”

    and

    “an entirely new mentality of how to make music directly for the people”

    Isn’t this contradictory ?

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    ewr Reply:

    @Dardo, if you take it literally. by “nobody” he obviously meant the pop culture critics and the media.

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  4. T

    Kanye’s track record is speaking well for him. I was doubting but I’m curious. This “Yeezus” title has me scratching my head tho.

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  5. Rina

    I heard some clips and I like what I heard. It’s different, I like that Kanye thinks out of the box and is always being creative.

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  6. channel_PINK

    not here for Chief Keef though. How he rap about black on black murder and killings in Chicago on Murder To Excellence then put this ignorant child on his records.

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  7. Jake

    “New Slaves” has me intrigued, but at this point I haven’t really heard anything that would lead me to purchase the full album. Maybe a song, here or there. Kanye could put out crap and the crap would sell simply because of the name attached to it.

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  8. MonkeyMan

    I really love Kanye’s music. No question is he amazing BUT this Yeezuz title is not in good taste.

    Its one thing not believing but at least respect the fact that Jesus was real and walked the earth helping people. Don’t use his name like this. Thats not respect!

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    carlos Reply:

    @MonkeyMan, like Yeezus said HE DONT GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOUR OPINIONS

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    ewr Reply:

    @MonkeyMan, so its all fun any games when you call beyonce beysus and you were probably calling kanye yeezus before, but when they embrace those nicknames you become offended?

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @ewr, clocked!

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  9. skip

    this means its gonna leak tomorrow

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  10. Miszi

    Really worried about the project to be honest but I still expect quality material because it’s Kanye.

    Album title is still ignorant though. I’m not really hurt by it but I think it’s not right.

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  11. Michelle

    You people kill me with this album title thing, he is not saying he is Jesus, in any way or form that is your misconception of the title, he clearly states in I am a God,

    I am a god
    Even though I’m a man of god
    My whole life in the hands of god
    So y’all better quit playing with god

    but you people choose to hear what you want to hear and see what you want to see. SMDH The album will be great like the rest of his albums.

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    nick Reply:

    @Michelle, The album title is disrespectful stop trying to make it look otherwise cause you make your self look ignorant,we all know it is but we don’t really care we try not to give him that that kind of attention me at least i try to focus more on he’s music but i respect religion i wouldn’t use muhammed or budha or etc to commercialize my product it’s sacred to a lot of people and that makes it just wrong i know it’s freedom of speech and all that but what’s the point when you know that eventually it’s only going to bother people

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    Ryu Reply:

    @nick, I agree! Its VERY disrespectful!

    Its immature and disrespectful. Thats Kanye’s issue since day one. He has an ego problem and he needs to work on his respect for others. Thats why he does dumb thing in public.

    He is great in music but his still needs to work on his attitude.

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    Michelle Reply:

    @nick, you are upset about an album title Yesus, yet you are on a blog making judgment? hypocritical much!!!!you are on here calling me ignorant for my outlook? but you are upset about an album cover? you clearly don’t respect religion enough. Stop respecting religion and respect God, religion is man made. You can’t pick and choose what you believe about the word, if you are going to talk the talk, then walk the walk.

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    neverahater Reply:

    @Michelle, In my opionion, a true Christain would Never listen to Kanye West’s music or any music with cursing, negative messages, etc. One thing Muslims, they live their religion. Most Christains don’t.

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    j Reply:

    @Michelle, THANK YOU…so many ignorant people who believe what they want to believe!

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  12. joseph

    kanye west shows with this album : he sold his soul to devil !!! it’s why DMX, tupac , MJ, aaliyaa are died cus there were KILLILLUMANATI !!!
    the God is real and i will never buy a album against GOD!!! kanye West is not jesus

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    Sharlyn Reply:

    @joseph, bye

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    ayo Reply:

    @joseph, er. DMX is alive and well.

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    Michelle Reply:

    @joseph, the devil obviously have your soul because you believe that foolishness, that is what lazy people believe.

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    Nathalie Reply:

    @Michelle, no but illuminati destroyed dmx career and image ! Dmx did a lot of interview about illuminati and said in interview. : fuck jay z!!!!! It´s the same for tupac : There are a lot of interview where tupac speak about them!!!! You can tcheck on you tube! You Will be surprise ! I am not lying!!! Obama, jayz , beyonce, rihanna,diddy, …. Are very dangerous and believe at new mondial order With drugs, musics, homosexuality, violence, Arms etc

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  13. joseph

    the number 6 and 13 are illuminati sign !!!
    all theses people : jay-z , beyoncé, rihanna, busta .. are sold their soul to devil for money and fame .. PATHETIC they are antichrist !! off course .. i hope this album will be a flop

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  14. joseph

    In this new song : kanye says ‘FUCK JESUS ‘
    This guy is satan !!! i can’t

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  15. Wonderland19

    Kanye has gotten to a point in his career where he feels he is invincible and untouchable. His success has got him so gassed where he has no sense of reality or perspective. And society has feed into his major ego. Every day this dude is told how much of a genius he is and now he totally believes it. He believes his won hype too a point now where he thinks he can stand next to God.
    If Kanye was the genius people say he is, he would have said something interesting and philopcial about his relationship (If any) with God. But no, its just him shouting down a mic, comparing himself to a God. No lyrical play, no interesting concepts just ego ego ego.
    I feel Kanye has been resting on his PAST successes for a long time. ‘The College Drop Out’, ‘Late Registration’ and ‘Graduation’ are his best albums to date and those albums show Kanye’s talent and skill. From then on, the music got empty, cold and narcissistic. Maybe its to do with his mother passing away.
    This guy talks about not being a slave but his new line of trainers are being released at the same time.

    I hope with the birth of his daughter, he finally comes down to earth. Old school Kanye would be ashamed with this Kanye.

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    Ryu Reply:

    @Wonderland19, Preach my sister preach. You are right tho, his still has EGO issues.

    The title of the album is proof. There’s definitely some screws loose.

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  16. joseph

    People need wake up and pray against stars and singers against jesus or god or mohamed …
    all theses artists are illuminati members !!
    Don’t buy this album

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    Michelle Reply:

    @joseph, you must be a lazy person who never fulfilled your dreams, this whole illuminati crap is from lazy people who don’t understand hard work, passion and dedication, they don’t understand how these things can be responsible for success, their must be a dark reason that these people are so successful, it can’t possibly be from the fact that they sacrificed, worked hard and dedicated themselves to their craft, of course not, it has to be something bad that got them there. SMDH!!! ask a lazy man about success and he will find all types of reasons why others have it and he doesn’t illuminati that.

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  17. Nick

    Love Kanye, but Azealia would have been PERFECT for this album. I mean a song with both of them rapping and screaming would slay my life. Idk why he decided to put Chief Keef on this album; however I love Bon Iver. That’s going to be one interesting collab

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  18. what

    Yeezus >>>> Jesus

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  19. dreincharacter

    With Rick Rubin expect this album to have a heavy rock/metal influence.

    Should be interesting, but doubtful it will be soulful.

    Can’t wait.

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  20. smh

    Really? Chief Keef tho? Bad example putting a kid that celebrates death and shootings on his album

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