Listen to the Original Version of Kanye’s “New Slaves” Instrumental


When Kanye debuted “New Slaves” last Spring, he brought it directly to the public in spectacular fashion, projecting a looped video on to the walls of buildings across the world. Both the song and the roll-out where like nothing we had ever heard or seen from ‘Ye before and they were harbingers of the completely new sound and creative direction that he’d be aspiring to on the Yeezus album.

Now Benjamin Bronfman, musician and son of media executive Edgar Bronfman Jr., has liberated the original instrumental that he sent Kanye for the track. He had worked with ‘Ye on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on the song “Monster” and Kanye had asked him to send over some new music for a new project he had in the works back during the Fall of 2012.

He tells Rolling Stone:

“He kept saying, ‘Just make it hot, make it really dope,'” recalls Bronfman. “He didn’t really get into specifics, which is funny – he’s the type of person who will get really specific in person, but not on the phone.”

So he created a track he called “Cold Cruel Winter” and sent it over. He didn’t hear anything until May of 2013, when he heard “New Slaves” at a secret Yeezus listening session the week before it was released into the wild. Listen to the original version above and head over to Rolling Stone to hear what Bronfman thinks about the considerable changes Kanye made to his track.

Previously: Jay-Z Recorded a Verse for Kanye’s “Guilt Trip”

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