Produced by West and Sevn Thomas, “Mula” is centered around a sample of Phantogram’s “Fall in Love,” and Sarah Barthel’s vocals waft ominously beneath hard trap percussion. Over that washed out melange, the Game spits a torrent of clever, vicious braggadocio, referencing NBA great Alonzo Mourning and Alonzo Harris — Denzel Washington’s character in Training Day — in the same breath, and later boasting about trading in his Jordan sneakers for fresh Yeezys (“No lie, J’s on / Take these motherfuckers off and throw some Ye’s on”).
West, for his part, makes a quick Eazy-E-referencing cameo in the second verse, but otherwise handles vocal duties on the chorus. He periodically matches the sample of Barthel’s vocals, but delivers a punchy, straining hook that — in classic Yeezy form — finds him mulling the loneliness and luxury that comes with all that mula.
West is one of numerous high-profile guests set to appear on the Game’s highly anticipated sequel to his 2005 debut. Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Ab-Soul, Diddy, Will.i.am, Fergie, Future and Q-Tip are all set to appear, as is Dr. Dre, who also served as executive producer.
Prior to “Mula,” the Game shared the Future-featuring “Dedicated,” as well as “100,” with Drake. In the video for the latter, the Game gives the Toronto rapper a tour of Compton, highlighting both the struggle and sense of community that define his hometown.
As for West, the musician remains tight-lipped about the progress of his new album, Swish. While he debuted another new track, “Fade,” at the New York Fashion Week show for his Yeezy Season 2 line, the rapper has yet to announce a release date or more details about the Yeezus follow-up.