“Are your feelings easily hurt?/Feeling that people are unfriendly, or do you feel like people dislike you?/I feel like that.”
‘I Feel Like That’ is a communion. Vulnerable and anxiety-ridden, this is Kanye West, the most interesting individual in music today, levelling with you. It’s personal as hell. It feels like Kanye is using this song to hold out his hands and say ‘people, I’m human too’. It puts the gross, thoughtless pricks on Twitter who have been relishing the chance to diagnose and prod at Kanye’s mental state (we all know some) to shame.
Originally heard accompanying a nine-minute video Kanye made with ’12 Years A Slave’ director Steve McQueen for the Paris Fashion Week last year, this is the first time we’ve properly heard the track.
‘I Feel Like That’ has three spoken word verses “Thoughts of ending your life//Feeling that most people could not be trusted” and a larynx-busting chorus backed-up by measured drumming and dense production, all set to a slow, calm pace. With his ego put to one side, the lyrics deal with the flipside to Kanye West, the side evident on songs like ‘FML’ and ‘Real Friends’, the side that wrestles with anxiety, the very human side I wish we all got to see even more of. It’s honest, it’s moving and, at a time when Kanye makes it a real challenge to be a fan of his (“BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” (ffs)), necessary.
‘I Feel Like That’ might not have made it onto Kanye’s “gospel” seventh album, ‘The Life Of Pablo’, but it certainly leaves you wishing that it had.