A comment flew across my timeline, which essentially stated that the Kanye West of 2015 was akin to the Kobe Bryant of 2015: still immensely talented, but seemingly a shell of his former self. In his defense, West has metamorphosed from a red-clad, giant Horus chain-wearing rock star to a (somewhat) subdued, married father of two; obviously, his priorities have changed from 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy days (and even his 2013 Yeezus period).
That isn’t to say that he’s become completely curbed, however. Sure, he sang an ode to his daughter North and tinkered with folk music with Rihanna and Sir Paul McCartney, but he also showed that he can still drill it out with some well-placed flamethrowers as well (just as Kobe has shown that he can still put up a 30-point game every now and then). Still, people are rather – and understandably, mind you – apprehensive when they saw his wife post the following tweet:
??? YEEZY YEEZY YEEZY NEW SONG ABOUT TO DROP #FACTS ???
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 31, 2015
Considering that it’s essentially 2016, fans expect something from the new Kanye, not the supposed “old” Kanye. Well, he’s now released the song, “Facts.” Presumably from his forthcoming new album code-named SWISH, the song, all-in-all, is a diss at Nike and how his Yeezy shoe line “just jumped over Jumpman.” He uses Drake’s flow from “Jumpman” and even references his own line from “New God Flow” in 2012.
Listen to “Facts”—produced by Metro Boomin and Southside—below.