“Yeezus,” the sixth solo album from the greatest artist in the history of everything ever (™Kanye West), dropped today and is already being showered with mostly critical acclaim. Aziz Ansari is undoubtedly listening to the album right now. However, if you’ve already copped your copy, digital or physical, I’m going to ask you to join Mr. Ansari and myself, and turn it on when you get a chance. Why? Well, I need your help.
It seems the Louis Vuitton Don (™Kanye West) took a little detour in between trips from LAX to HNL to CDG and back (the interwebz tells me CDG is the airport code for Paris, France. I’ve never been.), and stopped at BOL…erm…LYWOOD.
The third track on the album, one humbly titled “I Am a God,” is credited as being written by Kanye West, the duo better known as Daft Punk, and — here’s where it gets interesting — Anand Bakshi and Rahul Burman, among others. This is because a sample of “Are Zindagi Hai Khel” is used in the song.
Here’s the thing: people can’t seem to figure out where, exactly.
While I do appreciate the fact that he isn’t wearing a Sherwani and pretending to be something he isn’t like — ahem — some people, it would be nice to, you know, actually be able to recognize the sample being used. Still, Yeezy is known for not only sampling a wide range of songs from different genres, but distorting them in different ways. I must confess, I’ve listened to both songs about a dozen times each at this point and can’t figure out where exactly he hid the R.D. Burman classic.
If you need a refresher, sit back and watch the scene from the 1972 film “Seeta Aur Geeta.”
And, if you don’t have “Yeezus” but want to play along nonetheless, listen to “I Am a God” below.