This Is Our Jam: Kanye West Featuring Pusha T, "New God Flow"

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When Kanye West performed an excerpt of “New God Flow” at the BET Awards, he proved once again that he's one of the rare performers who can absolutely own a television audience. Stepping into the crowd, Kanye West rapped an a capella version of track, stomping his feet as if to will the audience into action.

As it turns out, the recorded version of the “New God Flow” manages a similarly intense effect, letting Pusha T and Kanye West maintain all the anger and vulnerability they showed at that show. When Pusha T lauds Kanye more unhinged behavior (“I think it’s good that 'Ye got a blow dealer / A hot temper, matched with a cold killer”), well, it’s certainly the first time anyone’s called Kanye West a “killer” and made it sound believable. And Kanye more than pulls his weight as well, as he melts his own persecution complex into a heartfelt narrative of a kid growing up poor. There are competing themes, and it may not all hang together perfectly, but that’s how Kanye West is at his best: a contradiction you can’t ignore.

Kanye West—Cruel Summer
"New God Flow"



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