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Chaka Khan Talks Kanye West Sampling Her On “Through The Wire:” ‘I Thought It Was Stupid’

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Chaka Khan Talks Kanye West Sampling Her On “Through The Wire:” ‘I Thought It Was Stupid’

Chaka Khan Talks Kanye West Sampling Her On “Through The Wire:” ‘I Thought It Was Stupid’

Before Kanye West rapped about poopity scoops, the Chicago rapper broke out onto the scene with his debut single “Through the Wire,” which carried a sampling of the Chaka Khan hit “Through the Fire.”

While speaking with Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, Chaka reveals she wasn’t totally here for the track after Kanye dropped the track, claiming the conversations ahead were “very different than [how] the song turned out, obviously.”


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She adds, “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. Jaws 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. Then when it came out—[mocks the high-pitched chorus]—I was pissed. 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.'”


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