Kanye West’s Original ‘New Slaves’ Instrumental Unveiled
Thanks to producer Benjamin Bronfman, of the music collective Teachers, we get to hear what Kanye West's 'New Slaves' demo version sounds like.
After listening to the track, premiered by Rolling Stone, the only recognizable part heard on the final version of 'New Slaves' is the first four bars. West used the beginning parts of the demo and took everything else away, which was inspired by 'Yeezus' executive producer Rick Rubin's idea to keep things minimalistic.
Initially, Bronfman called the track 'Cruel Cold Winter,' since he thought it might be for 'Ye's 'Cruel Summer' follow-up, 'Cruel Winter.' When Bronfman first got the call to send Kanye some beats for 'Yeezus,' he was given very little instruction.
"He kept saying, 'Just make it hot, make it really dope,'" said the New York beatsmith, who also worked on Ye's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' album. "He didn't really get into specifics, which is funny. He's the type of person who will get really specific in person, but not on the phone."
Eventually, Bronfman got word that one of his tracks made the album when the G.O.O.D. Music leader held a private listening session in New York. And although much of the original track was removed, he felt Kanye made it sound bigger and more complete.
"He almost accentuated the track more," Bronfman shared. "The only part he took was the beginning part......He was like, 'You know, you really brought it with all those tracks. Everything you sent was totally next level.' It was really amazing to hear that from him cause he really is the best."
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