For those that aren’t aware, producer Benjamin Bronfman is one of the many contributors to Kanye’s creative process, as the two met during the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions a few years ago. He took to his SoundCloud page this morning to unveil a beat that was to be slated for Kanye’s sonically experimental Yeezus, titled “Cruel Cold Winter.”
During a sit-down with Rolling Stone, Bronfman spoke on the how the song came to fruition:
“I heard that they were working on a follow-up to [2012’s G.O.O.D. Music LP] Cruel Summer,” says Bronfman. “So I was just kind of riffing.”
He sent “Cruel Cold Winter” plus seven or eight other beats to West, who was recording in Paris. And then: total radio silence. “I didn’t hear a fucking thing,” Bronfman says with a laugh. Their next contact didn’t come until May 15th, 2013, at West’s Adult Swim Upfronts performance at Roseland Ballroom in New York: “I got word, like, ‘One of your tracks made it. It’s ill. Come to the show, we’ll talk about it there.'”
You can listen to to song below.
Download the song at the website of Bronfman’s production team, Teachers.