Image Credit: afternoon (August 11) Kanye West premiered “See Me Now,” featuring R&B queen Beyoncé and Charlie Wilson of Gap Band fame, on Angie Martinez‘s WQHT Hot 97 radio show.

West came to the station to drop off the joyous track. He opens the cut with trademark braggadocio and comic flare rapping, “I’mma need you to kill all the hypocrisy / This is an aristocracy / I’m Socrates, but my skin more chocolatey.” You can check it out on his blog. Actually, the first verse is the one he debuted two weeks ago while standing on top of a table at Facebook’s headquarters.Beyoncé pops in to sing the hook and give a heavenly shout out to West’s mother, Donda, who passed three years ago. “I know one thing / My momma would be proud / And you see me looking up / Because I know she’s looking down.” Kanye revealed that he and Beyoncé stayed up into the wee hours of this morning to finish “See Me Now.” It wouldn’t be fair to judge this unmastered or unmixed version. But with it’s bouncing drums and light synths, it’s very promising. If this is a sign of things to come from his upcoming as-yet-untitled album, we should prepare ourselves for something epic.

Speaking of the album, one that’s been clouded with mystery, West slyly let a few cats out of the bag. “They keep on telling me not to say that it’s November 16,” West said of it’s release date, before laughing about his tight-lipped Def Jam label. He also revealed that among others, legendary hip-hop producers Pete Rock and the RZA have assisted on the project. In addition, rap empress Nicki Minaj and G.O.O.D. music label mate Kid Cudi will be featured on it. And this Friday West plans to release the remix to his rebellious first single, “Power.”

What do you think of “See Me Now”? Does it make you excited for his November release? Let us know.

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