XTCY

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"XTCY"
XTCY cover.jpg
Single by Kanye West
ReleasedAugust 30, 2018 (2018-08-30)
FormatDigital download
Length2:56
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • West
  • Dawson
Kanye West singles chronology
"All Mine"
(2018)
"XTCY"
(2018)
"I Love It"
(2018)
Original cover
Original WeTransfer cover
Original WeTransfer cover

"XTCY" is a song by Kanye West. It was originally released by DJ Clark Kent on August 11, 2018 for free digital download before released as a single on August 30.[1][2][3][4]

Background[edit]

On May 15, 2018, West posted an image of an unfinished track listing for his then-upcoming album Ye. The second song was slated to be "Extacy" and the third track was "Wouldn't Leave".[5] After Ye was released without "Extacy", West posted a new track list on June 1, 2018, of his collaborative project with Kid Cudi titled Kids See Ghosts. "Extacy" was placed as the last, unnumbered track on the list.[6] Kids See Ghosts was also released without the track.

Composition[edit]

"XTCY" is built around vocals sampled from the 1974 electronic-soul song "My Bleeding Wound" by The New Year. West reuses his "poop, scoop, whoop" ad-libs from "Lift Yourself".[7]

Promotion[edit]

On August 11, 2018, DJ Clark Kent tweeted a link to download the song from the file sharing website, WeTransfer.[8] West later retweeted Kent's tweet.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Esquire described the conclusion of the track as being West explaining: 'that all this nasty shit he's describing are thoughts he's had while on Ecstasy'.[9]

Artwork[edit]

The original artwork for "XTCY" is a photo from Kylie Jenner's 21st birthday party, taken at Craig's Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. The artwork features Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian West, and sister-in-laws Khloé Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian. The artwork is in reference to the lyrics: "You got sick thoughts? I got more of 'em / You got a sister-in-law you'd smash? I got four of 'em".[3] Upset reactions were shown from fans of The Kardashians via Twitter to these lyrics.[10]

The official cover art for the song's release as a single, revealed on 30 August, 2018, is a painting of the same photo by London based artist Shadi Atallah.[11]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[12]

  • Kanye West – performance, production
  • Andrew Dawson – co-production, engineering
  • Mike Dean – engineering, mixing
  • Mike Malchicoff – engineering
  • Zack Djurich – engineering
  • Sean Solymar – assistant recording engineering
  • Jess Jackson – mixing

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[13] 32

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various August 30, 2018 Digital download [4][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hear Kanye West's latest song "XTCY"". The Fader. August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kanye West References Kim Kardashian's Siblings in New Song: 'Got a Sister-in-law You Would Smash? I Got 4 of Them'". People.com.
  3. ^ a b c "Kanye West Says He Would Smash Kim Kardashian's 4 Sisters in New Song XTCY". E! News. August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "XTCY - Single by Kanye West". iTunes Store.
  5. ^ Alex Young (15 May 2018). "Kanye West reveals tracklist for Kids See Ghosts collaborative album with Kid Cudi". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  6. ^ Salvatore Maicki (1 June 2018). "Kanye West shares tracklist for joint album with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts". The Fader. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Kanye West – "XTCY"". Spin. August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "DJ CLARK KENT on Twitter". Twitter. August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kanye West's New Song 'XTCY' Is Objectively Unpleasant". Esquire. August 30, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kanye West's song XTCY has upset Kardashian fans". Yahoo Lifestyle. August 11, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "Hear Kanye West's latest song "XTCY"". The FADER. August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  12. ^ "Kanye West – XTCY - Tidal". listen.tidal.com. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  13. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  14. ^ "XTCY - Single by Kanye West". iTunes Store.

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