Hear the Original Demo for Kanye West’s New Slaves (Audio)

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Kanye West’s ears have always been far-reaching. For Yeezus, that is an understatement. In making the album, and it’s standout “New Slaves,” ‘Ye looked within his own circle. Benjamin Bronfman, son of former Warner Bros. Records CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr., has been a longtime friend of Mr. West.

According to a just-published article in Rolling Stone, when ‘Ye was crafting Yeezus, he worked the phones. Asking his friend Benjamin what he had been working on, the Teachers’ band member who had worked on 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy shared a track he dubbed “Cruel Cold Winter,” named after the LP he thought he was working on.

After you press play, you can easily guess what transpired next…

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Read the Rolling Stone interview article on Teachers’ impact on “New Slaves.”

Related: Kanye West – New Slaves (Video)