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Kanye West Previews ‘Yeezus’ at New York City Listening Party

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On Monday night (June 10) in New York City, Kanye West introduced his “god name” to a room full of journalists, bloggers and celebrity friends while he played songs off his forthcoming sixth album, Yeezus, at Milk Studios.

“I wanna explain something about the title Yeezus,” he stated. “Simply put, West was my slave name and Yeezus is my god name.”

Those in the room included Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, Beyonce, Busta Rhymes and Timbaland, who were among those selected to hear songs like “Can’t Hold My Liquor” and previously released songs “I Am a God,” “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead.”

Chief Keef and Travis Scott lend their lyrical talents to the effort, as well as Daft Punk, Hudson Mohawke and Mike Dean. Rick Rubin serves as the executive producer of the project. “It was good for me to go to the god, Rick Rubin, and play him my s—, ask him questions, and allow him to take this project to an entirely new level, and he made a lot of great decisions at the end and pulled it to a whole new level,” West explained.

“It’s about delivering some s— for y’all to go to work to, ride to, listen to when y’all working out, whatever y’all doing,” he continued. “To provide a soundtrack for this s—.”

Yeezus is due June 18.

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