It’s been too long since we’ve heard new material from rapper Kanye West, so it’s a treat to wake up today to news that, last night at a private party at L.A.’s 1OAK, West dropped a new, untitled rap that the press is calling “Closest Thing to Einstein.”
The rap, which we’re able to hear thanks to the intrepid work of a citizen journalist/a fan with an iPhone, reportedly features British singer Sampha and acknowledges a lot of the drama surrounding West in the past few months, including his debt and Twitter beef.
Specifically, West raps: “I can’t say no to nobody/ At this rate we gon’ both die broke/ Got friends that ask me for money knowing I’m in debt/ And like my wife said, I still didn’t say no.” He also refers to himself as this generation’s closest thing to Einstein, which is maybe true, if you only know Einstein as that old guy sticking his tongue out in a black and white photo.
Listen to the rap below.
Also, because we’re here, let’s recap some of Kanye’s recent Twitter activity, which sees him angling for Bob Ezrin. Ezrin, if you’re unfamiliar, is a music producer who made it big in the ’70s with Kiss, Alice Cooper, and Pink Floyd. Ezrin wrote an essay for the newsletter Lefsetz Letter, claiming that, 20 years from now, no one will be quoting Kanye. So, Kanye responded via Twitter:
And, later, Kanye apologized for using the “B word,” presumably while hosting his party at 1Oak.
Kanye, listen to yourself: No more parties in L.A.