From 'Famous' to 'Saint Pablo': 5 Kanye West Leaks That Surfaced This Year (So Far)
"F--k all this d--k swinging contest. We all gon be dead in 100 Years. Let the kids have the music," Kanye West typed in a tweet sent this past July. While asserting that music should be free and available for the people, 'Ye has not been immune to unsanctioned leaks.
In what has been a whirlwind of a year since the release of his seventh studio effort, The Life of Pablo, on Feb 14. -- Taylor Swift beef included -- unreleased cuts from Pablo continue to surface on the Internet, keeping fans and casual listeners alike just as engaged as his Twitter antics.
Here's a list of unofficial song leaks from Mr. West that popped up this year thus far.
Original "Famous" Demo (October 2016)
On Oct. 7, an earlier demo of West's controversial Taylor-baiting cut leaked and was later deleted. This version had a slight tweak in the Swift-referencing line: "I feel like Taylor Swift still owe me sex/ I made that bitch famous." He also went at his ex Amber Rose as well.
Yeezus Back? (September 2016)
Last month, a mysterious Reddit user posted two tracks (since deleted) which could have been potential Yeezus-era tracks, based on their haunting production and chilly feel.
"Can't Look Into My Eyes" featuring Kid Cudi (October 2016)
Earlier this month, a demo of 'Ye and Kid Cudi leaked onto the web, labeled on YouTube as "Can't Look Into My Eyes." Sampling Daft Punk's TRON: Legacy instrumental "The Son of Flynn", the track calls out haters who can't look stars in their face, but talk behind their backs.
Life of Pablo cuts (February 2016)
Shortly after the release of West's latest project, a Reddit user leaked tracks of unreleased material from 'Ye including collaborations with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Kendrick Lamar. The tracks were taken down and West shrugged off the leaks by tweeting, "only problem I got with Good Fridays is I got more songs than I got old pictures!!!! Lol!!!!"
only problem I got with Good Fridays is I got more songs than I got old pictures!!!! Lol!!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 16, 2016
"Closest Thing to Einstein" (February 2016)
During a VIP party at Los Angeles' 1OAK in February, it was another day, another Kanye rant, as the rapper blasted Amber Rose and Taylor Swift, before playing a seven-plus minute song (featuring British singer Sampha) for what would eventually be titled "Saint Pablo."