Yesterday Rolling Stone landed a neat-sounding exclusive on a previously unreleased track by Daft Punk and Jay-Z. It quickly blew up the Internet, garnering music bloggers to diarrhea words about a titanic tag-team effort.
The collaboration allegedly came from a session for 2010’s Tron: Legacy but never came to fruition. Jay-Z raps about texting, complaining about a “broken heart on the email” and “an iTouch but I can’t feel,” which makes us wonder… When the hell did Hova get so fucking sensitive?
Friend-of-BroBible/occasional contributor Drew Millard did a great job breaking this shit down at Noisey:
This surfaced on a KanyeToThe forum (via DaftClub) about two hours ago, when poster LordLordLord started a thread called “(Leaked New Music) Daft Punk – Computerized (Feat. Jay-Z)[Unreleased Demo] Co-Produced By Kanye West.” LordLordLord had no way of corroborating that this is, in fact, legit. Not to be a Debbie Downer about the abundant joy that new rap music can bring us, but if life has taught us anything, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Which would explain why “Computerized” kind of sucks. As someone with an internet connection and the capability to not jump to conclusions, I did some digging and found out what’s up with “Computerized.”
First, this isn’t an original Daft Punk instrumental; that keyboard line is a loop from the song “Son of Flynn”off of Daft Punk’s score for Tron: Legacy. From there, literally anyone—like, even me in GarageBand—could loop that, throw some drums in there, get a vocoder plugin and sing “computeriiiiiized” into it.
The track itself? Meh. Could have stayed in a vault, if you ask me. Personally, I think Jay-Z adds nothing to it and it’d be a perfectly fine Daft Punk jam with a little extra composition to deepen it. But that’s just this guy’s take.