Chaka Khan: Kanye West Sample of “Through The Fire” Was Stupid

Chaka Khan: Kanye West Sample of “Through The Fire” Was Stupid

When it comes to Chaka Khan’s music, she admits that she did NOT like Kanye West sampling her song “Through The Fire”!

In fact, Chaka Khan went on to say that she thought Kanye West sampling of her song was STUPID! Read on to see what else the R&B legend had to say and listen to both versions… reports that Kanye West is known for sampling a lot of classic R&B/Hip-hop songs whether he is making music for himself or for other artists.

Unfortunately this sample rubbed the original artist, Chaka Khan the wrong way and now she is letting everyone know that she is NOT A FAN!

On Monday (June 26), R&B legend Chaka Khan made an appearance on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live revealing she was NOT happy with the 808s and Heartbreak rapper regarding her 1985 hit “Through the Fire.”

If you recall, Kanye West‘s “Through the Wire”, winner of the 2004 Source Award for “Best Music Video.” And get this, the video was shot and edited even before the Chaka Khan sample was cleared.

We have a feeling that might be why Chaka Khan said that Kanye West sampling of her song was STUPID.

The song, which would go on to peak at No. 15 on the pop charts, was a personal song for Yeezy, as he had got into a severe car accident two years prior, that resulted in his jaw being wired shut.

Chaka was insulted by the way he sped up her voice in his version.

In a very stern voice, Chaka said:

Very differently than the song turned out, obviously. He called me when he just got out of the hospital. He said, ‘You were so instrumental in my healing process. I changed the words a little bit to the song but I had to eat through a wire. Jaw’s wired shut through a straw.’ It meant that much to me. It really got my heart, tugged at my string. I was like, ‘Yeah, use it.’

Once the ‘I’m Every Woman’ singer heard what the song sounded like, she was not happy saying,

Then when it came out, […] I was pissed. I thought it was a little insulting. Not insulting: I thought it was stupid! If I’d known he was gonna do that, I would have said, ‘Hell no.’

When asked if she ever expressed her honest feelings towards the song to Kanye, she responded:

I didn’t. What can I say?” The best way to tell him is silence. And give him crickets.

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