Listen To Kanye West’s Original Instrumental ‘New Slaves’ Demo
Music is a process. Though there are times when an entire song is made in 15 minutes; beat, hook, and all, more often than not, it takes a while for a song to come together. Whether it's a minor change such as adding a line to a verse, or a major change such as completely changing up the beat, how a song sounds when it's initially conceptualized versus how a song sounds when it is deemed a finished product is rarely the same. Rarely does the public get to hear how songs sound in their infancy stage, which makes what music producer Benjamin Bronfman released to Rolling Stone all the more interesting.
In an article posted by Rolling Stone this morning, Bronfman—who is a part of the collective Teachers—gives fans an inside look into the process of creating the lead single of Kanye West's Yeezus, "New Slaves." He shares how a call from Kanye in 2012, in which Kanye was looking for beats for the yet to be released Yeezus, turned into him making a track he called "Cruel Cold Winter," which ultimately became the basis for "New Slaves." Bronfman sent Ye 8 beats, but didn't know that the song made it to the album until Ye invited him to the Adult Swim Upfront concert, where a listening session was held backstage. Referencing the track that Ye made out of the original beat that he sent him, Bronfman said: "The only part he took was the beginning part – he made it even more minimalistic."
You can clearly hear that Kanye took the beginning part of the beat Bronfman sent, as a basis for "New Slaves." Check out the original instrumental demo of "New Slaves" below.