Kanye West dropped a new track on Soundcloud today called “Real Friends,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign; problem is, the version he uploaded to the site wasn’t perfect. (It also happened to contain a snippet of an unreleased track produced by Madlib and featuring Kendrick Lamar, “No More Parties in L.A.”) Moreover: Judging by Kim Kardashian West’s tweets, Kanye’s schedule of releasing new songs every week is a return to G.O.O.D. Fridays—when he dropped a new, free song every week before the release of his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. (NB: Yeezy keeps uploading “Real Friends” and pulling it back down, so keep refreshing his Soundcloud page until you can stream it.)
Technology is hard! “Real Friends,” however, is great: Soulful, deeply felt, and catchy—it scans as a return (in the most general terms) to MBDTF-era West. Peak ‘Ye, in other words.