Kanye West might have tweeted his album release date (June 18) last week, so any and all reports from West’s many collaborators are instantly fair game. Here’s a really special one, from Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, who hung out in the studio (and maybe, hopefully contributed to the record?): “It was very raw. He was rapping – kind of screaming primally.” Which brings us to Monday night at the Met Gala, when DJ A-Trak posted a Vine comprised of three or four different styles of Kanyells, including the words “I am a god” delivered in a Slayer-y growl.
This isn’t the first time Kanye has done some Plastic Ono Band-style primal stage work, either. Do we sense a madness motif for the new record from the man who titled his last solo album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? Between the shrieks, the snow-monster masks, and, oh yeah, THE STRAITJACKET HE WORE ONSTAGE, yes, it looks like the theme’s a safe bet. Maybe we’ll get some verification if West really heads to SNL on May 18.
While we’re on the Met Gala tip, here is another, less-screamy vine of Kanye’s performance:
And here is Kanye telling Kim Kardashian that she is awesome: