Next to the list is a doodle of the doubled-headed eagle emblem that Ye has been donning of late. Many have since interpreted it as an alteration of the German coat of arms, which, it is worth noting, was used by Nazi Germany until 1935 — a tough-to-ignore detail given the mogul’s recent fall from grace for his overtly anti-Semitic remarks.
In a social media post uploaded just as the record’s itinerary went live, the Chicago rapper and producer could be seen wearing the symbol on his jacket as a rendition of The Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody” soundtracked the clip. This is most likely the opening cut on the project, considering the first entry on Ty’s list shares the same name as the boy band hit.
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Looks like Kanye West is sampling Backstreet Boy's "Everybody" song 👀 pic.twitter.com/wuYepI1tfC
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Two months ago, Ty Dolla $ign revived his previously scrapped collaboration with Ye and Nicki Minaj, “New Body,” while taking over the turntables at a club in Florence, Italy.
At the end of September, the 41-year-old previewed the track at the Le Baroque Club in Geneva, Switzerland after it went missing for years, topping the tease off with a major announcement when he told the crowd: “New album on the muthafuckin’ way.”
Nicki Minaj reunited with Kanye West on “New Body” for his planned Yandhi album in 2019, but the release date came and went, with their collaboration ultimately getting shelved. During an interview with Hot 106 last year, she explained how Kanye’s decision to record a gospel album was the reason for the song not dropping.
“I respect everybody and where they are in life, where they are spiritually,” she said. “The public adored ‘New Body.’ Like, ‘New Body’ is the biggest hit record that never came out. So what I thought was interesting was that Kanye made me write my ‘New Body’ verse four times over in order to fit into where he was creatively and spiritually in his life, right, only to then, I go on the internet a few months later to see him on Drink Champs.”
She continued: “I missed it by a year, I guess. Had ‘New Body’ been out when he was not in his gospel era, then it would’ve seen the light of day. But it didn’t, so it wasn’t meant to be. Everybody knows that’s the hit that got away … I think the ship has sailed for ‘New Body,’ everybody has come to love the original way they heard it.”
During an interview with The Shade Room in 2019, Minaj revealed she was asked to re-record her “New Body” verse in order to turn it into a gospel track for Jesus Is King. However, she claimed she wasn’t “seeing eye to eye” with West.
“What’s funny is that I did a song with Kanye, that he now wants to transform into a gospel song,” she said. “I done wrote three different verses chile, and I don’t know. We ain’t seeing eye to eye on it. I don’t know, but of course, I love and respect Kanye, and Kim, we’ll see what happens with that.”