Last night, Kanye West was in amazing spirits as he hosted a listening party for his new album, Yeezus on the loading dock of Milk Studios in New York City. Despite the last minute invites that were sent out hours beforehand, the event was packed out with media folks who were itching for a real taste of the new album, and celeb guests that included Jay-Z, Beyonce, Busta Rhymes, Timbaland, Tyson Chandler, DJ Khaled and Theophilus London.
Here’s the skinny: The atmosphere was interesting. We were all crammed inside of an open loading dock where studio rentals are transported in and out of the studio. It was pretty neat to see visuals from his “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves” being projected off of the building across the street. Since it was somewhat outside, you could literally hear the album blasting at astronomical levels throughout the whole meatpacking district.
Kanye cleared up that Yeezus title for anyone who thinks it’s blasphemy. He said, ‘I wanna explain something about the title Yeezus, simply put, West was my slave name and Yeezus is my god name.” On the track “I Am A God,” he also raps “Even though I’m a man of God. My whole life in the hands of God. See y’all better quit playing with God” and “I know he the most high, but I’m a close high.”
While chatting about the new project, Yeezy seemed very passionate about letting his music speak for itself as well as not being pressured into the confined box of what’s hot in music today. He said, “I gotta new strategy it’s called no strategy and I gotta way to sell more music, its called make better music.” He also added, “We didn’t give a f-ck about what nobody said from the outside looking in. We just wanted to make the best product possible and this is just the beginning of an entire new mentality about how to make music.”
Catch a few pics and more scoop below: