Kanye 'Killing' The Competition On New Album

If rapper/producer Kanye West is feeling any pressure about the follow-up to his multi-platinum debut, "The College Dropout," he putting on a brave public face. The artist showcased several songs from

If rapper/producer Kanye West is feeling any pressure about the follow-up to his multi-platinum debut, "The College Dropout," he putting on a brave public face. The artist showcased several songs from his unfinished sophomore album, "Late Registration," this week in New York, at one point announcing that the new album is "killing everything out there."

As previously reported, "Late Registration" was originally due July 12 but will now arrive Aug. 16 via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam.

Attendees, who included rappers Common and a fashionably late Lil' Kim, previewed eight tracks, including current single "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," its remix featuring Jay-Z and "Goldiggers," which is tentatively slated to be the second single and features Jamie Foxx.

West's mood was jovial as he provided the audience with insight into the tracks. Rapper Q-Tip, who explained the conflict in Sierra Leone, initially gave Kanye the idea for "Diamonds."

"God led me down this road and was working through me," West said about the politically charged song and accompanying Hype Williams-directed video, which takes issue with the conflict diamond trade. After playing the video, he proudly remarked that more customers are now requesting conflict-free diamonds from jewelers. "It makes me feel like I'm educating people," he said.

A number of the other tracks played featured high-profile guest appearances, including the Game on "Crack Music," Maroon5's Adam Levine on "Heard 'Em Say" and Brandy on "Bring Me Down." Other cuts slated for "Late Registration" include "Drive Slow," "Addiction," "Celebration" and "Gone" featuring Cam'ron and Consequence.