In this Monday, May 7, 2012 photo, Kanye West arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, celebrating Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, in New York. West closed the three-day Governors Ball on New York�s Randall�s Island with a set that featured his familiar hits as well as a batch of new, darker tracks from his upcoming album. West kicked off his set Sunday night, June 9, 2013, with the song �Black Skinhead,� with flashing visuals in the background, including the words �not for sale.� He later performed �New Slaves.� Both tracks will appear on �Yeezus,� his sixth album out June 18. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West says his new album is all about giving.
The multiplatinum rapper held a listening for "Yeezus" late Monday in New York City, where Beyonce was one of the few hundred attendees.
West said that his sixth effort will showcase his growth over the last two years and that "he had to learn about giving ... this whole process is all about giving."
"I feel like I know who I am," said West, who turned 36 on Saturday.
"Yeezus" is out June 18. It has a dark, moody vibe that expands beyond his last two solo efforts, 2010's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" and 2008's "808s & Heartbreak." It's also a departure from his first three albums, which featured a plethora of radio hits.
West held the listening in the loading dock of Milk Studios in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. The room was dark as lights burst onto the walls to display colorful visuals that assisted the 10 songs the rapper played.
Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip also attended the listening. West's new album features Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and rapper Chief Keef.
West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child.
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