I'm always weary about listening to hip-hop demos, far more so than any other genre. There's so much revision that goes into the lyrics and intent behind the song that listening to earlier drafts can lose some of the magic of the passion and spontaneity of whatever's being rapped.
Especially when it comes to a perfectionist like Kanye West, who is famously specific about every sound and word being presented to his audience and the world at large.
Today, three unreleased recordings surfaced from God-knows-where. Two new, previously unheard songs "Southside Serenade" and "Don't Jump" both feature Kanye and Kendrick sharing powerful, but not exactly impactful lyrics. The other is a demo of Kanye West's The Life of Pablo hit "Father Stretch My Hands", though instead of Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar takes the spotlight with a wild verse that is sure to raise a few eyebrows.
Though, needless to say, these are demos. They're meant to be heard not as songs but as the ideas and behind-the-scenes peak that they are. Based on Kanye's "All Day"-esq "Southside!" shout on "Southside Serenade" and Kid Cudi's beautiful chorus on "Father Stretch My Hands", it's pretty clear to me these demos are from 2015.
You can listen below for as long as they're available, which shouldn't be for long.
But please, Kanye, officially release some new music very soon. We need you.
Thank you Cody for the tip.