Kanye West probably won’t formally release a lead single for Yeezus, his sixth album, out next week via Def Jam. “Honestly, at this point, when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I wanna be no more. Honestly, at this point, I could give a fuck about selling a million records,” he explained last night at New York’s Governors Ball festival, during one of the freestyle monologues that’s now signature to his live act. West did use his headlining set to debut some new material from the album though, which was captured for YouTube by Normal Mag. Watch him do “I Am a God,” an as-yet-untitled track, and “On Site,” which the New York Times’ Jon Caramanica likened to Detroit techno pioneers Cybotron, below. (He also played new songs “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead,” previously debuted in guerrilla projections and on SNL.)
“I Am a God”
Rant and “Clique”
I’m just happy to be making music music, and happy to be able to perform that shit for y’all. You know with this album, we ain’t drop no single to radio. We ain’t got no big NBA campaign or nothing like that. Shit, we ain’t even got no cover. We just made some real music. And you know, back when I used to make albums and shit, like a couple years ago, three, four years ago, we’d go away and work on an album for like five months or so, and we’d always have to hold the album ’til like August or September ’til the perfect moment and shit, ’cause it means that I think you gon’ sell more ’cause you get more audience and radio and shit. But honestly, at this point, when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I wanna be no more. Honestly, at this point, I could give a fuck about selling a million records. As long as I put out an album for the summer that y’all can rock to all motherfucking summer. And I don’t give a fuck to what the label tell me. I’m gon’ sell more records. Cause at this point, I don’t really give a fuck about outside opinions.