I've got a whole city to hold down

April 21, 2005

New Kanye on the way, supposed first single leaks

The net started buzzing yesterday afternoon with a leak of "Diamonds," the reported first single from Late Registration, Kanye West's sophomore disc and follow-up to last year's crossover blockbuster The College Dropout.

A few hours later, posted a story that verifies the single and quotes Kanye saying the album will be out July 12.

As for the cut, it's built around a sample of Shirley Bassey's "Diamonds Are Forever." The verse is structured similar to "Heavy Hitters," the lead track on the old I'm Good mixtape, and the hook is the same ("Throw your diamonds up"). Basically it's Kanye hyping the Roc, taunting the haters and goofing on himself too (about the AMA meltdown, among other things).

For local flavor, turns out K-West spit most of the "Diamonds" verses while freestyling with Common on WGCI back in January. You can hear it on the new Mike Love mixtape "Hardcore Beats and Bustdowns."

Oh and one of the funniest rhymes on the single is quoted wrong in the MTV piece: "All I need is y'all to pronounce my name/It's Kanye, but some of my plastic still say 'Kayne.'"