How long do you have to wait for new music from Kanye West? Not “all day.”
In a recent interview with GQ, Kanye West announced that he was hard at work on a follow-up to his critically-acclaimed album Yeezus and promised that a new single, called “All Day,” would be released soon. Today, that single is out — although probably sooner than West would have liked.
A version of “All Day” leaked online this morning and it seems to be a legit outtake from a West recording session — albeit one illicitly recorded on someone's iPhone. In fairness, the finished product may sound completely different after West, a noted perfectionist. But even as is, the song is a banger and it’s a promising hint at things to come.
While the leaked recording is fuzzy, it's clear that West is reeling in some of the darkness of Yeezus and harking back to the blustery swagger of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He also seems to be taking cues from both Drake and Jay Z with a heavy focus on rapping. While West is typically loath to accept comparisons, in his GQ interview he noted that even he can't help but notice the influence of Jay Z on the track: "I think about certain lines that I say on my new single, which is called ‘All Day,’ that usually Jay would say, but Jay’s not on there,” Kanye explained. “So I say, All day, n—a, it’s ‘Ye, n—a. Shopping for the winter, it’s just May, n—a. Ball so hard, man, this sh– cray, n—a. You ain’t getting money unless you got eight figures. Right? Jay would have said that."
The track seems destined for heavy rotation on radio and in blogs, with a thumping beat, shout-outs to Sade and Rico Suave and a backing vocal from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon — or someone who sounds just like him. Plus, there's a singalong-ready refrain of "all day," in response to West's questions about everything from how much time he spends at the mall to how long it took him to get this fly. Would you expect anything less?
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