“Ultralight Beam” is the one of the best songs, if not the best, on Kanye West’s new album, The Life of Pablo. But according to Yeezy himself, it barely made it on to the album.
Kanye West famously tinkered with the album right up until its release (and then a little bit after that). While the rushed and scatter-brained nature of Kanye’s process caused more than its fair share of eye rolls, it’s also responsible for “Beam”. ‘Ye called in to The Steve Harvey Morning Show and explained the way the song was created:
“Man, I mean, we were just blessed to be in the room at the right time when the “Ultralight Beam”, it just came through us. I can’t explain that song in notes. I can’t explain it in rhythm. I can’t explain it in drumbeats. I can only explain that feeling. There was a young lady at the studio that pulled up the Instagram with the little girl on it saying “We don’t want no devils in the house!” Like, literally, this was all coming together a week-and-a-half before the album to the point where we had to make it the first song on the album.”
Throughout the interview Kanye addressed several narratives that have been floating around him in 2016. He addressed his beef with Wiz Khalifa and clarified that it’s fully put to bed. He mentioned that he will likely start touring behind Pablo in September, saying that he wants his tour to “inspire these kids the way Disney inspired me.” And he explained why he always seems to be ranting.
“Anytime y’all every heard me scream or jump up and down,” he said, “it was because I wanted to bring people something to a higher potential than what the powers that control the money, the image, media and perception wanted me to.”
Take a listen to the whole interview up top.