It’s been 17 years since Kanye West’s debut single “Through the Wire” was released, in which he sampled Chaka Khan’s voice from his 1984 track “Through the Fire”. Considered a staple of the West Catalog, Khan is still not a fan of how his voice came out on the song after all these years, he revealed on Monday (August 1).
during an interview with good day dc, host Marissa Mitchell brought up Khan’s distaste for West’s treatment of the sample. The 10-time Grammy winner said she was “annoyed of sounding like a chipmunk” on the track.
,[Kanye] It didn’t mention that he was going to speed it up, you know, three times its normal speed,” Khan said. “If he had, I’d have something to say. But since I didn’t think of that, trust me, I think about it now. I ask, ‘How are we supposed to do this?'”
The 69-year-old also commented about the “Through the Wire” sample during 2019 but his presence Watch what happens live with Andy Cohen. According to Khan, West requested use of the sample shortly after her fatal car accident, telling her in a call that she was “playing such an important role in my healing process.”
Khan, impressed by West’s story at the time, allowed him to use his own voice on his song, but was eventually “upset” to hear how it turned out. “It was a little humiliating,” she said. “Not disrespectful – I thought it was stupid. If I had known he was going to do this, I would have said, ‘Hell no.'”
Watch Khan address the sample on “Through the Wire” below.
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