Hear Kanye West and Miley Cyrus’ Wild, Mesmerizing ‘Black Skinhead’ Remix
Recorded in 2013 but never heard until now
Nearly three years ago, Kanye West shuttled Miley Cyrus from her now infamous appearance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards to a recording studio, where the two reportedly crafted a remix to West’s booming Yeezus cut “Black Skinhead.” The rumored collaboration never saw the proper light of day at the time, but late last night, someone — an angel? A disgruntled G.O.O.D Music employee? North West? — leaked it to the world.
Cyrus herself opens the track with a sung verse before dipping into a brief bit of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” The rest of the song strips back the dark, oozing Yeezus aesthetic in favor of glitchier, more pop-minded accompaniment. Tinny 808s and Travi$ Scott guide the track along a weirdly melodic path — odd only considering how thrashing and unforgiving the original is. It is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting mainstream musical collaborations of the decade. Hear it right here.