The Chainsmokers -- best known as the EDM duo behind "#SELFIE" -- are back with a new single and are taking on another cultural phenomenon: Kanye West.
The pair unveiled "Kanye" on Tuesday, featuring vocals from the L.A.-based indie pop duo Siren. The song is definitely more light and uplifting than their last offering, not only in delivery but also in the lyrical message.
"We look at the word 'Kanye' as an adjective," says The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall. "The song is about what it means to be like Kanye. It's about just owning it no matter what you're doing. Whether you're on top of the world partying in a penthouse or you're driving an old car playing your favorite song, it's about enjoying the moment you're in and feeling like you're the king.
"You embrace that confidence," he adds. "We didn't want to do something to left field after '#SELFIE,' but we wanted to show another side of ourselves."
No word yet on whether West is flattered, offended or indifferent, but The Chainsmokers say their song was inspired by this quote from West: "I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me. As if there's a 'one size fits all' standard for happiness." But, they write on their SoundCloud page, "This isn't about him, or anything he has done, LET'S BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT! It's about taking what Kanye idealistically represents."
Among the "fun facts" listed on their page, The Chainsmokers confess that they "were terrified Kanye would sue us for making this song."
Later this month, The Chainsmokers will join the SiriusXM family with a brand new live radio show called “Nice Hair with The Chainsmokers.” The program will speak candidly about the lifestyle of touring EDM stars and the duo promise to hold nothing back. “Nice Hair” debuts August 18 on Electric Area.
Listen to “Kanye” below and let us know what you think. Join the conversation on Twitter using #ETNow, and on Instagram and Facebook using The Chainsmokers' newly minted hashtag #BeLike.