Thursday, June 20, 2024

Kanye West’s “Famous” (Listen Here) Has 17 Credited Writers, 3 Samples and Nina Simone


Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo” album was posted to Tidal in February, but no one’s ever heard it beyond that.

Now Kanye has put a track called “Famous” on Spotify. This is the song in which he alluded to making Taylor Swift famous by constantly embarrassing her in public.

The song has 17 listed co-writers. Seven-teen. “Famous” also has three samples, including one of a Nina Simone performance of a Jimmy Webb song. Webb wrote a few hits like “MacArthur Park” and “Wichita Lineman,” in case you don’t know.

 I once met the lawyer at DefJam who cleared Kanye’s samples, but she was too frazzled to talk to. LOL. How do you pay 17 writers? Maybe this is why Kanye says he’s $50 million in debt.

And this is what they came up with:

PS Kanye raps, but the vocals are by two of my actual favorite current singers– Swizz Beatz and Rihanna.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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