Between Twitter feuds with Wiz Khalifa and Bob Ezrin, publicly soliciting money from Mark Zuckerberg, and leaked audio of a backstage meltdown at SNL, the last few weeks has seen Kanye West embroiled in more controversy than usual. Last night, during a private party at Los Angeles’ 1OAK, Kanye premiered a new song called “Closest Thing to Einstein”, which addresses these recent events and the overall state of his mental health.
As you might expect, Kanye embraces the drama head on, rapping, “The media said it was outlandish/ The media said he’s way out of control,” Kanye raps. “I just feel like I’m the only one that compares/ I’m not out of control just not in their control/ I know I’m the most influential/ That TIME cover was just confirmation/ This generation’s closest thing to Einstein/ So don’t worry about me, I’m fine.”
He doubles down on a later verse, rapping, “People try to say I’m going crazy on Twitter/ My friends’ best advice was to stay low … The media said he’s way out of control/ I just feel like I’m the only one not pretending I’m not out of control.”
“Closest Thing to Einstein” features vocals from UK crooner Sampha. Check it out below.