Kanye West took time off from taking time off yesterday (July 28) and recited a number of new tracks from his upcoming album at the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.
“I have more raps but I don’t want to wear out my welcome,” he declared after rapping an a capella rendition of “Lost in the World” for the Facebook staff – an unusual audience for the debut of his new material. When everyone yelled “No!” and encouraged him to give them more, he politely requested that everyone quiet down. ‘Ye then went on to perform “Chain Heavy,” with each clever lyric garnering laughs from the supportive audience.
He segued to “Mama’s Boyfriend,” stating that it took 33 years to write and apologizing for his use of the “n-word, but I’m allowed to use it,” he said to more laughs. The song itself is an emotional account of how he felt replaced when his recently deceased mother got a new boyfriend during his childhood. “You know I scrutinized like who this newer guy?/I’m my mama boyfriend/I’m the little husband/I was the man of the house,” he aggressively rapped.
“Sweat on my Face” had the rapper whetting the appetites of fans with his more amusing lyrics, such as “I might walk into Nobu with no shoes/He just walked into Nobu like it was Whole Foods!”
The response to the videos has been so positive that West himself later wrote a blog entry addressing the Facebook crowd:
To all my friends at Facebook,
Many times in life I’ve had to deal with moments of doubt. And as it’s been a minute since I’ve performed any fresh material in front of an audience, this could’ve been one of those moments… but it wasn’t. Your energy was a gift so electric, so genuine, that it really helped me give my best. The energy was so inspiring I had to keep going!
I just hope you got as much from me as I got from you…which was everything!
Love to all my fans, especially at Facebook.
In related news, Kanye West officially joined Twitter today and one of his first tweets was to announce he’d abandoned the “Good Ass Job” title for the album. “The album is no longer called “Good Ass Job” I’m bouncing a couple of titles around now,” he tweeted.