Kanye's New Song Takes No Prisoners

Kim Kardashian West tweeted that it was coming, and a has Kardashian never told a lie on social media: Kanye West released a new single entitled "Facts" Thursday night a few kind hours before midnight on the East Coast, via Kardashian's Twitter. And if you think about it, this is classic Yeezy. Kanye released his collaboration with Paul McCartney, 2014's "Only One," on New Year's Eve last year — another single that will reportedly appear on his upcoming album. That song, which was an ode to his daughter North, was just the first of a couple songs co-written and performed with McCartney (this year's juggernaut "FourFiveSeconds" was another). Now that we can hear the lyrics to Kanye's new song "Facts," let the analysis begin.

Undoubtedly, the subjects who'll grab the most attention in West's new song are Drake, Steve Harvey, and Bill Cosby. The song must have been completed rather recently — how else would a line about last week's Miss Universe pageant make it in here? The line goes: "Do anybody feel bad for Bill Cosby? / Did he forget the names just like Steve Harvey? (Yo)"

Of course, West's music isn't known for its lyrical subtlety: The tracks that made him famous, including "Gold Digger," "POWER," and "Stronger," leave it all on the table. "Fade," the SWISH track he premiered during the Yeezy Season 2 presentation earlier this year, is not much of a diversion from that trend. (This isn't to detract from Yeezus' genius — blunt they may be, but Kanye's writing is also unmistakably his own. And it's great.) So by looking at the lyrics, we can pretty clearly see the song references, well, everything, but most notably "Jumpman" by Drake & Future off their mixtape What A Time To Be Alive. Whether or not this is considered a diss track has many fans on Twitter buzzing.

But for now, let's all do right by Yeezy and let the lyrics sink in for a while before jumping to any rash conclusions, friends. You can listen along to the song on Soundcloud (no embeds ATM, of course).

The story of my lifetime

I've cheated, steal and never feel

The pain of a brother, your dirty mother

Ha, ha, ha, look how far we are


Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman

Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman

Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, I feel so accomplished

I done talked a lot of shit but I just did the numbers

Herzog and Adidas, man you know they love it

If Nike ain't have Drizzy, man they wouldn't have nothin', woo

If Nike ain't have Don C, man they wouldn't have nothin', ooh

But I'm all for the family, tell 'em get your money

Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, they line up for days

Nike out here bad, they can't give shit away

I stuck to my roots, I'm like Jimmy Fallon

I ain't dropped the album but the shoes went platinum

Every time I talk they say I'm too aggressive

I was out here spazzin', all y'all get the message?

On the field I'm over reckless, on my Odell Beckham

2020, I'ma run the whole election

I've been trending years, y'all a couple days

Yeezy in the house and we just gotta pray

Nike Nike treat employees just like slaves

Gave LeBron a billi' not to run away

10 thousand dollar fur for Nori, I just copped it

Your baby daddy won't even take your daughter shoppin'

I done wore designers I won't wear again

Make them niggas famous, they get arrogant

Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman

Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman

Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, this is pure luxury

I give 'em grey poupon on a DJ Mustard

If you ain't poppin' shit then why you rap for? Haaan?

Plus Kimoji just shut down the app store

And we made a million a minute

Do anybody feel bad for Bill Cosby?

Did he forget the names just like Steve Harvey? (Yo)

Tell Adidas that we need a million in production (Yo)

I done told y'all, all I needed was the infrastructure

Now we hottest in the streets, it ain't no discussion

James Harden, Swaggy P runnin' up the budget

Keep the work at my baby mama's mama's house

I'm a jerk, you need to work, you need to call my spouse

Yeezy, Yeezy, take a picture with me on Rodeo

Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, I might do my own hotel

Couches, couches, couches, couches, which one should I pick?

I need extra deep, I like my bitches extra thick

Every time I see the news, man it bring me home

Call up DJ Mano, shout out Twilight Tone

We just blessed to be alive, yeah ain't that the truth?

So let's celebrate the life of Timbuktu

Timbuktu, Timbuktu, Timbuktu

Timbuktu, Timbuktu

Ha, ha, ha, look how far we are


I think we all of a lot of thinking to do on this fateful evening. Thanks, Yeezus.