It’s safe to expect that the upcoming Kanye West album will feature a parade of A-list guest stars, and the just-leaked second song from the album is proof positive: Beyonce sings the hook on “See Me Now,” which Kanye’s posted as a free download on his blog. Snag it below.
The song, which Kanye teased a cappella during his recent trip to the Facebook offices, finds the rapper boasting about walking into Nobu with no shoes, like it was Whole Foods, and comparing himself to Socrates, but “more chocolaty.”
But, as Beyonce’s chorus reveals, it’s really a message to Kanye’s late mother, who passed in 2007 from complications of a plastic surgery procedure.
“I know a single mama would be proud,” Beyonce sings, “and you see me lookin’ up ’cause I know she’s lookin’ down right now.”
Beyonce also sings the N-word in the first chorus — and sounds shockingly R-rated/Sasha Fierce-y in doing so: “My n****s is home / I guess I got everything, everything I want / but no matter how good it gets / it’ll never be like before.”
The song is the second full-length track to emerge from the new album, which is due September 14 and still has no title. “Power” was released in late-June, and its 90-second video treatment hit the internet last week.
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