The Legend of Selah?
Perhaps Jesus walked this lonesome Gerudo Valley after all?
Kanye West’s highly anticipated and somewhat controversial album “Jesus is King” released Friday, featuring 11 gospel-filled tracks in a surprising turn for the mainstream artist.
Another surprise — one of those tracks, “Selah”, almost definitely throws back to Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Although it doesn’t actually sample any of the music from the immensely popular game, the progression of the song was uncannily similar to Ocarina of Time‘s Gerudo Valley, composed by Koji Kondo. After listening to the album, musician Louie Zong couldn’t help but notice the similarities and took to social media to see if others heard it as well, overlaying a sample from the game.
noticed something while listening to the new kanye album… pic.twitter.com/q1nRklkhf4
— Louie Zong (@everydaylouie) October 25, 2019
The tweet garnered over 17,000 likes and 4,500 retweets, with fans of both Kanye and the legendary Nintendo game weighing in.
No lie this Gerudo Valley mixdown slaps. pic.twitter.com/3n5zwSjKSN
— Trowicia (@trowicia) October 26, 2019
It is critically important to note, however, that Kanye didn’t actually throw those iconic four notes into his song — Zong overlayed them himself to see if anyone else heard the similarities in chord progression. This is noted by several other twitter users in the now viral thread.
Nooo, someone put it over that part of the song to show that the progression is almost the same. Also, it sounds damn good together LOL
— Stef Kak (@stefanaras02) October 26, 2019
The guy mashed it together though. It’s not actually on selah. But the progression is similar
— ᴊʜᴀʏʙᴀᴇ. (@stfujhay) October 27, 2019
Still, it’s not like it’s a bad crossover.
Why does Gerudo Valley make every song better?
— Old Bro Kenobi (@trashtide) October 25, 2019
in my humble opinion, gerudo valley should be embedded in the heart of every song in existence
— Alice Liao (@aliceliaohere) October 25, 2019
Want to hear the Zelda vibes unedited? Check out Kanye’s new song, “Selah”.
…and, while you’re at it, give “Gerudo Valley” a listen too.