Former Kanye West collaborator Hit-Boy has reworked Yeezus standout “New Slaves,” further damaging the heavy track with glitchy elements and rewriting all of the words. The California MC-producer has named his version “New Chains” — the subject matter doesn’t differ much from West’s original, but it’s interesting to hear the complex diatribe for/against consumerism delivered from a different angle. The new “New” song’s strength also testifies to the impactful musical production and powerful verbal cadence of West’s song.
As Consequence of Sound points out, the “Niggas in Paris” producer parted ways with Yeezy’s G.O.O.D. Music label and collective earlier this year in order to focus on an imprint of his own. One can’t help but wonder if the following rhyme is directed at his former boss: “Writing raps you woulda thought I had help / But niggas fronting, fuck it, I just keep these beats for myself.” For a detailed breakdown of the 67 people who shared their talent with West, check out SPIN’s Complete Guide to Understanding the Yeezus Credits.
The “New Chains” video was directed by Damian Marcan and had nothing to do with Small Black.