“It’s starts.” That’s how rapper and GOOD Music affiliate Travis Scott announced the arrival of unheard Kanye West music. Scott’s note accompanied a screenshot he posted to Instagram of West’s new SoundCloud account, featuring two fresh songs.
Both cuts — which EW has learned are authentic — are variations on West classics. “When I See It” reworks “Tell Your Friends,” the beat he made for The Weeknd’s 2015 album, to accomodate West’s signature Auto-Tune singing. “Say You Will” shares its name and vocal part with the expansive opener to West’s 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak — the album he recently performed in full at the Hollywood Bowl — but includes instrumental changes and guest vocal work from Caroline Shaw.
What exactly is starting remains unclear. From “Only One” on New Year’s Day to “Wolves” on Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary special, West has spent 2015 unveiling morsels of new music from his long-gestating album Swish — despite claiming in an interview with Vanity Fair that he’s “not worried about the years” when it comes to releasing the project. And while any West fan will find these tracks exciting, they’re ultimately just alternate versions of his earlier work.
Scott is a signee to West’s label GOOD Music and performed with the rapper when he headlined FYF Festival in August.