Kanye West

Chicago

DJ Absolut f/ Kanye West, Raekwon, Consequence & Havoc – If I Shoot You (Remix)

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Produced by Kanye West

Okay, so technically this song isn’t new. This joint is like 10+ years old. But I’ve never heard it sans tags, or with all of these artists on the same version. I’ve either heard it with just Beans on it (he’s not on this version), or Raekwon, or Cons. But not all at the same time. It was a mixtape staple back when anything Kanye breathed on was landing placements. Actually, that still holds true in 2015, so not much has changed.

I’m guessing this beat was on one of his early beat tapes that everyone in the industry had, and all these emcees just happened to record to it and Absolut stitched it together. I could be wrong, though. Either way, it’s nice to hear it crisp, clear and (somewhat) completed. This is vintage Ye production, and I most definitely miss this sound. Those days are long gone, but take a walk down memory lane below.

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Chicago

Chance The Rapper Reveals Kanye West Almost Narrated ‘Surf’

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In an in-depth piece penned by Dan Hyman for The Guardian, Chance The Rapper reveals that Kanye West was slated to narrate Surf, and his vocals were even recorded for the project. In the end, it didn’t work out, but it’s cool to know Kanye was the first person to actually hear the project completed. Not that Surf needed any extra garnish, but it’s fantastic to see that these two are now working together in some capacity. I have a feeling this is only the beginning.

“The kid in me wanted a certain type of approval [from Kanye],” says Chance, who admits he once wanted “Kanye to be my dad”, still beaming at the memory. He and West have recently been working together in the studio on an undisclosed future collaboration, and as Chance reveals for the first time to the Guardian that West, who heard Surf “before anyone else”, was originally slated to appear on the entirety of the album. “Yah, he was going to narrate it at one point,” Chance says. “In the final weeks of getting ready to put it out we had vocal chops that we were using from ’Ye talking about some of the themes of the project. Through just thinking about it, it didn’t end up happening that way. Not to say it wouldn’t have been dope as shit!”

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Chicago News

Chance The Rapper Announces Possible Collaborative Project with Kanye West & Other Chicago Artists

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Chance The Rapper is currently doing a live interview on Windy City Live (watch here), and just announced on the program that he’s been working with Kanye West recently. He also hinted at a possible collaborative effort with Kanye and some “other Chicago artists”. Chance did not elaborate any further, but he gave Windy City Live the “exclusive” announcement. Wow.

We’ll have video and more info as it becomes available.

Update: now with video below.

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