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Kanye West Goes Into Full-On Brag Mode on 'Theraflu'

New track produced by Hit Boy will appear on DJ Khaled's next record

Kanye West performs at Big Day Out at the Sydney Showground in Sydney, Australia.
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April 5, 2012 8:45 AM ET

Kanye West goes into full-on braggart mode on "Theraflu," a new track produced by Hit Boy scheduled to appear on DJ Khaled's next album. The song is stuffed with boasts about the rapper's fashion cred, from boasting that he's had dinner with Vogue editor Anna Wintour to showing off a $6000 pair of shoes. The most interesting bit veers off course from the fashion talk to address the relationship between his ex, Amber Rose, and rival rapper Wiz Khalifa:

The whole industry wanna fuck yo’ old chick
Only nigga I got respect for is Wiz
And I’ll admit, I fell in love with Kim
‘Round the same time she had fell in love wit’ him
Well, that’s cool, baby girl, do ya thing

Surprisingly magnanimous! You can stream "Theraflu" below.

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