Aside from barking on famed rock producer out-of-touch old white guy Bob Ezrin for saying Macklemore and MC Hammer make better music (srsly, bro?), Kanye West made a surprise appearance at Yo Gotti’s album release party at L.A.’s 1OAK night club last night. And just like he did at Madison Square Garden earlier this month, Yeezy plugged the aux cord into his laptop and played an unreleased joint for the crowd.
The seven-and-a-half-minute song, which features guest vocals from elusive UK crooner Sampha and a sample of Jay Z’s “Where I’m From,” is supposedly titled “Closest Thing to Einstein.” Despite the typically self-aggrandizing title, though, Kanye gets introspective about his recent Twitter outbursts (“People tryna say I’m going crazy on Twitter/My friend’s best advice was to stay low”), $53 million debt (“I can’t say no to nobody/And at this rate we gon’ both die broke”) and supposed mental health crisis (“This generation’s closest thing to Einstein/So don’t worry about me, I’m fine”).
Based on those lines, it’s clear this song was recorded very recently (Kanye is a last minute kinda person, in case you hadn’t noticed), so it looks like Kanye is still putting in work in the studio. In any case, let’s hope this song gets a full release — either either as a G.O.O.D. Fridays freebie or on the “final version” of The Life of Pablo that we’re still patiently waiting refreshing TIDAL for.