Kanye West spent a few minutes away from his 2020 presidential campaign to tweet a preview of his latest single “Believe What I Say.” Ye posted the 38 second track along with a scenic video shot mid-boat ride in some vast ocean.
“BELIEVE WHAT I SAY (snippet),” the Birthday Party candidate captioned with a stunning sunset view, melodic R&B beats rolling in the background.
“You ask him to feel protected/And still feel protected,” West raps. “Just one time for the record/Just one time for the record/Don’t agree with the message/Don’t agree with the methods.” The artist samples Lauryn Hill’s single ‘Doo-Wop (That Thing)’ from her insanely popular 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Fans have been patiently waiting for Ye’s upcoming tenth studio album Donda: With Child, which was originally scheduled to release July 24. No hard release date has been announced.
The “snippet” comes amid West’s recent battle to secure master recordings for artists in his sphere from Universal and Sony. Ye has tirelessly tweeted numerous contact documents in an effort to give “all Good music artist back the 50% share I have of their masters.” This in reference to his record label.
“When you sign a music deal you sign away your rights. Without the masters you can’t do anything with your own music,” West tweeted back in mid-September.
“Someone else controls where it’s played and when it’s played. Artists have nothing accept the fame, touring and merch.”
Just because Kanye is working to financially liberate artists, doesn’t mean his political aspirations are dead. West is still on the ballot in five states including Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont. Six others remain pending for further verification (Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia).