Kanye West unexpectedly just shared two new songs on his official Soundcloud page. One is a new version of "Say You Will," with an appearance from violinist Caroline Shaw, and the other is his own version of the Weeknd's "Tell You Friends," which 'Ye renamed "When I See It." Kanye and Shaw are quite familiar with each other, as 'Ye featured her in his recent performance at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco. According to The Atlantic, Kanye recently saw Shaw perform live in NYC, and then recruited her for his performance at the fundraiser.
Kanye originally co-produced "Tell Your Friends" for the Weeknd, and on this new version, 'Ye is singing like it's 808s & Heartbreak season all over again. This is the first new music that Kanye has dropped since he liberated "All Day" back in March, though it's unclear if either of these new tracks will be featured on his long-awaited album, SWISH. The current status of SWISH remains in question, and though 'Ye said that's still the name of the album, he said it could be years before it comes out.
IBNJasper shared the news on his Instagram, but didn't go into detail as to why Kanye decided to drop the two songs today. Kanye recently celebrated 808s with a concert entirely dedicated to the album last month, though he gave no indication that he would be sharing new music in the process. Kanye's had a live Soundcloud account for a few years, but it still comes as a surprise that he uploaded the songs on the page, seeing that he's never posted anything on the site before. Whether or not he keeps up this trend to release his new music will remain to be seen.
Stream both songs below.