Kanye West Performed His New Album for Seth Rogen in the Back of a Limo
Want to know what Yeezy's cooking up? Ask Seth Rogen.
In a sit-down with Rolling Stone, the Knocked Up actor and co-writer/director of the upcoming The Interview reveals that he and his wife were recently given a one-of-a-kind preview of Kanye's eagerly awaited follow-up to 2013's Yeezus. The impromptu listening session came in the back of a limo van, after West spotted the couple in the lobby of a New York City hotel.
"Me and my wife had gotten some dessert and were in the lobby getting plates to bring back to our room … And Kanye was like, 'What are you guys doing? Want to hear my new album?'" Rogen told the magazine.
Of course, he said yes, though he couldn't have been prepared for what happened next. When they got in the back of his van, the couple were treated to a bunch of tracks with no vocals, just beats.
"So he raps the whole album and after each song, he stops it, like 'So what do you think?'" Rogen says. "We were in the van for two hours!"
Whether that means Kanye's new LP is two hours long remains to be seen, but Rogen—who appeared with buddy James Franco in a parody video for West's "Bound 2" called "Bound 3"—is clear about one thing: Kanye's approach to working is not to be snickered at.
"Now I realise the next person he sees that he knows is getting pulled into that van," Rogen told Rolling Stone, according to the NME. "But I learned a lesson from it—which is that Kanye is seeking input at all times ... Process-wise, it showed an openness and a fearlessness."
Openness and fearlessness are certainly two words that spring to mind when you think Kanye. Crazy is another. Now, in addition to speeding cabs and buses and overzealous bikers, New Yorkers have to watch out for Yeezy and his hip-hop-test-marketing abduction vehicle. If you see something, say something.
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