On Friday January 8th, Twitter blew up as Kanye West posted “Un momento, there was a slight distortion in the main loop within Real Friends”. The rapper was referencing technical issues with the upload of his latest single Real Friends featuring Ty Dolla $ign, which also included a quick snippet of No More Parties in LA featuring Kendrick Lamar.
The track, which first appeared on KanyeWest.com before it was added to the music platform SoundCloud, was nearly impossible for fans to find, as it was taken down and re-uploaded by the superstar artist at least three times. The single is from West’s upcoming album ‘Swish’ and, according to his wife Kim Kardashian’s Instagram account, Kanye will continue to release one track every Friday until his official LP release, which is rumored to coincide with the first day of Fall/Winter 2016 New York Fashion Week.
Music critics are already praising West for the “emotional authenticity” of the track, which takes a rather somber tone as the artist laments “how he feels detached from the people his success has left behind” and the “unreliable bonds of friendship.” Bottom line: If you’re in the mood to ponder the meaning of human connection today, West has you covered.