By Kevin Rutherford
Two weeks ago, a mysterious Twitter account surfaced promising “Kanye West‘s New Testament,” the contents of which were unknown at the time. Was it a new song? New album? Something else? No one was sure.
Later, the account set “New Testament” for a June 10 release date, accompanying its tweet with a poster, like one might do when advertising an upcoming film or live performance. As it turns out, the movie poster feel wasn’t a fluke, because Kanye West’s New Testament is a just that: a movie. Kind of.
Released last night on YouTube, Kanye West’s New Testament is a 34-minute documentary of sorts, though what it’s documenting isn’t exactly a visual experience. The video stitches together West quotes from over the years, most of them more recent, with footage of everything from Roman statues to feats of strength.
Set to orchestral scores, the video features soundbites of interviews on Jimmy Kimmel Live, with Sway and even 97.1 AMP, a Radio.com station.
If anything, New Testament acts as a manifesto, finally slotting all of Kanye’s more important interviews and sound clips over the past year or so into one video. It’s raw and confrontational, allowing an almost stream-of-consciousness look at the controversial artist.
It’s unclear whether the video was made by West and his people or by another source.
The video comes at a time when West is purportedly writing new material for his next album, though any sort of timeframe for the music has not been revealed. Yeezus, his last album, was released nearly a year ago on June 18.
Meanwhile, USA Today published a feature on its website today called the “Kanye West Self-Confidence Generator,” giving readers even more classic Kanye quotes in order to boost their own confidence with sayings like “I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.”