Posted Fri Feb 12, 2016 at 09:57 AM PST by Justin Clark
Yesterday, during Kanye West's self-congratulatory debut for his new album, The Life of Pablo, Kanye brought down the party atmosphere to debut something else entirely: A video game.
The game is titled 'Only One', based on a single featuring Paul McCartney, imagining a conversation between West's deceased mother, Donda, and his daughter North. Stupid autotune aside, it's actually one of the more gentle and subdued songs West has ever written.
Because staying in one's lane isn't exactly something West does, at the end of his little party at Madison Square Garden, he announced that he had made a game based on said song with all the pomp and circumstance some people use to mention they switched to a new shampoo. In it, players must guide the angelic soul of West's mother up through the gates of heaven.
Divorced of the cult of personality that is Kanye West, if this was an indie title that popped up out of nowhere, it'd come off a wee bit pretentious, but also a ripe premise for something heartfelt and fascinating, not terribly dissimilar from the closing stages of 'That Dragon Cancer'. Moreover, with a black female protagonist, which isn't anything we see on the regular. And though all video of the event is low grade (if you weren't actually there, the only place you could view the event was on Tidal, and Tidal's servers virtually pooped themselves from all the traffic), the imagery is striking.
Adding back the Yeezus factor, though, I have a bet running with a friend whether this game even sees the light of day outside of his entourage and maybe Martin Shkreli if he ponies up for it.
No systems or release dates have been announced. Still. try, REEEAL hard to keep West out of it, and wonder what kind of thing this will turn out to be.
Source: Kanye West
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