The last time Kanye West found himself trending he was cancelling concerts at The Forum, making inane comments about the 2016 Presidential election, and kicking it with Donald Trump at the Trump Hotel in New York City. It was a strange time. He then checked himself into a psychiatric hospital and disappeared from the public eye for most of 2017 and much of this year.
But a new wind blows from the Mountain States with reports of Yeezus sightings in Wyoming along with a ‘who’s who’ list of the culture’s heaviest hitters hanging out with him at his recording studio located there. On Saturday, he joined America’s youth in Washington, D.C. for the first annual “March For Our Lives,” with Common, his wife, Kim Kardashian, and his daughter North. And now, there’s “Southside Serenade,” a previously unheard Kanye West track which surfaced online but has since been deleted.
The track features Mr. West crooning about someone who’s now gone, leading many fans to speculate “Southside Serenade,” is about Donda West, his mother who passed away in late 2007. The song’s tone and mood reminds you instantly of tracks like “Only One,” the 2015 single he released with The Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney.
With the leaked track, the internet now runs rampant with rumors about Kanye’s next album. Will “Southside Serenade,” appear on the Chicago born rapper’s ninth studio album? Does the song’s somber mood mean his new album will tend to drift more towards 808s and Heartbreaks territory? All we can do at this moment is wait and prepare ourselves for Yeezy season.