Much has been made of the countless moving parts behind Yeezus, the Kanye West LP that pieced its menacing beats and top-heavy hooks together from a bottomless grab bag of producers and guest writers. Meaning: everyone from Arca to Daft Punk to Bon Iver.
One lesser known name — outside of his relationship with M.I.A., which ended in 20012, three years after their son was born — who contributed to the record early on was Benjamin Bronfman. As revealed on Rolling Stone, the producer came up with the spare keyboard melody for “New Slaves” after West asked to hear new music in 2012.
“He kept saying, ‘Just make it hot, make it really dope,’” Bronfman explained. “He didn’t really get into specifics, which is funny – he’s the type of person who will get really specific in person, but not on the phone.”
A clear point of comparison would be the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy track “Monster,” which West gave much clearer directions about firsthand during sessions that also involved Justin Vernon and Rick Ross. Check out its video below, along with the “Cruel Cold Summer” instrumental (available as a free download at the official site of Bronfman’s Teachers collective) that was turned into “New Slaves.”