Kanye West gifted fans on New Year’s Eve with new track “FACTS” on Soundcloud, a song that could appear on a new album expected to drop sometime this year, Newsweek reports. West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, tweeted the news of the track earlier in the day, then four hours later, she tweeted a link to the song, which includes references to LeBron James, Steve Harvey, Bill Cosby, Odell Beckham Jr., and more sensational celebrities of 2015.
The track was produced by Metro Boomin and Southside, making it the second straight year Kanye has dropped a new song on New Year’s Eve. Last NYE, he shared “Only One” just before the hour hit 2015.
You can listen to the explicit track here.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 1, 2016
“FACTS” is basically an extended typical Kanye rant in which he disses Nike for not giving him creative freedom with his shoe line, as he raps, “Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, just jumped over Jumpman,” referencing Nike’s iconic Jumpman brand.
“Do anyone feel bad for Bill Cosby / Did he forget the name just like Steve Harvey?” he asks on the track.
About his wife’s app, he says, “We made a million a minute.”
He’s most likely referencing the violence in Chicago with the lyric, “Every time I see the news, man, it bring me home.”
West also mentions his intentions to run for the presidency in 2020 with the lyric, “2020, I’mma run the whole election.”
The Chicago rapper-turned-fashionista wasn’t joking last year when he announced during the VMAs his presidential aspirations. During a lengthy discussion with In Camera, he revealed that tackling the political world is something he’s been thinking about for five years.
When asked if he would run with a specific party, he responded, “I don’t have the answers right now.”
Kanye did, however, explain that as the leader of the Free World, he would work with innovators and “engineers and come up with solutions and alternatives for people without opportunity that end up having to go through desperate measures, who feel like life isn’t worth living, or that other people’s lives don’t matter,” he said.
no offense to anyone… I’m asking everyone DON’T ASK ME FOR ANYTHING TILL AFTER I’M FINISHED WITH MY ALBUM
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 13, 2015
The release date for Kanye’s highly-anticipated Swish album is still unknown, and the rapper took to Twitter to let fans and colleagues alike know that he can’t be bothered until it’s complete.
“I’m finishing my album and my next collection,” he wrote on the social media service. “No offense to anyone… I’m asking everyone… DON’T ASK ME FOR ANYTHING TILL AFTER I’M FINISHED WITH MY ALBUM”.
During a recent interview with DJ Enuff’s Heavy Hitters, G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T said Kanye will drop the album when he’s ready.
West, 38, has renamed his forthcoming album from So Help Me God to SWISH, and while he still hasn’t revealed details about the album, Travis Scott has said it will be “coming very soon,” adding “He’s on his God-level rapping.”
The Mirror recently reported that SWISH was actually finished, but with the arrival of new son Saint, Kanye hit up the studio once more to record some new tracks.
West has sold more than 21 million albums and 100 million digital downloads, making him one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. He is also one of the most awarded artists of all time, having earned 21 Grammys – the most awarded to an artist his age. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015. Most recently, GQ named him Most Stylish Man of 2015.
Kanye West acknowledged the honor with a tweet, writing, “Thank you GQ and to everyone who voted, it’s been an amazing year!!!”
Thank you GQ and to everyone who voted, it’s been an amazing year!!! https://t.co/etgEotjaQi pic.twitter.com/Zo9acGN4M2
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 30, 2015
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