Good friends Kanye West and Chance the Rapper have recorded several songs together, and Chance reveals that Kanye initially rejected his rap on one of their most popular collabos, “Ultralight Beam,” from Yeezy’s 2016 The Life of Pablo album.
On the song, Chance raps, “I met Kanye West, I’m never going to fail/He said, ‘Let’s do a good job with ‘Chance 3’/I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy.”
The previous year, 2015, Kanye jumped on stage to protest that Beyoncé should have received the Grammy for Album of the Year for her self-titled release, instead of Beck, who won for Morning Phase. So West obviously did not like Chance’s Grammy reference.
“Kanye didn’t want me to say that [line] on that song,” Chance tells Grammy.com. “I had to go back and forth with him about keeping my line on there.”
Despite not being released as a single, “Ultralight Beam” was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Rap/Sung Performance, and Best Rap Song.
The next year, Chance won three Grammys, including Best New Artist. He says working again with Kanye, another Chicago native, was very special
“Just being in a position to rap [with] the person who probably is the reason I became a rapper — to be able to produce and write and to be featured on the intro, the first real rap verse you hear on the album, was crazy to me.”
Kanye is producing songs for Chance’s new album. Kanye’s next project, DONDA, named after his late mother, Donda West, is expected to drop later this month.
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