Just weeks before Kanye West’s new album SWISH is due to drop, a remix of Black Skinhead featuring Miley Cyrus first rumoured three years ago has leaked online.
In an interview in 2013 Mike Will Made It, Cyrus’ producer for hits including We Can’t Stop, said he’d hit the studio with the pair shortly after the Disney alumnus’ infamous VMA Awards performance.
Speaking about the remix from West’s album Yeezus at the time, Mike Will Made It said: “It’s about done, I’m just touching the beat up a little bit. It sound crazy too.”
However, nothing more ever came of it. Until yesterday.
The source of the leak is unconfirmed and it’s still unconfirmed if the mix is genuine, but it’s clearly Cyrus singing the chorus from Tears For Fears’ 1985 hit Everybody Wants To Rule The World, and West spitting bars alongside her.
Rumour at the time suggested the track was pulled after Cyrus’ VMA performance caused controversy. The remix that’s surfaced this week is suitably bonkers for work by two of mainstream music’s most outlandish characters though, and also reportedly features contributions from Travi$ Scott and Lupe Fiasco.
West releases SWISH, the follow up to Yeezus, on February 11. He’ll drop a song from it every Friday until it lands. The most recent track so far is the Kendrick Lamar-featuring No More Parties In LA. That was prefaced by West’s Ty Dolla $ign collaboration Real Friends.
Those songs also feature some of the most acclaimed producers in the game, including Madlib, Frank Dukes and Mobb Deep’s Havoc.
Cyrus, meanwhile, announced her engagement this week to her partner Liam Hemsworth. She released her album Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz, made with The Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne, as a free download last year. She has yet to play any UK shows for the album.
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