Shaka Khan is still upset that Kanye West sampled his 1984 hit, “Through The Fire,” for his debut single, “Through The Wire,” in 2004.
In an interview with Have a nice day DCthe 10-time Grammy-winning singer said that even though she allowed him to sample her song, she didn’t expect to sound like a “chipmunk” once she heard her finished song.
“That’s what he [Kanye] done with his music,” Khan said. “I was upset talking like a chipmunk because he didn’t say that when he asked if he could use [sample] my song. He didn’t mention that he was going to speed it up to three times its normal speed. If he had, I would have had something to say, but since I didn’t think about it, believe me, I’m thinking about it now.
West is known for speeding up snippets of music from yesteryear, most notably on his 2007 hit single, “Good life,” where I sampled Michael Jackson’s “PYT” (Pretty Young Thing) record in 1982.
This isn’t the first time the 69-year-old singer has voiced her disapproval of the iconic hip-hop record. In an interview with Vlad TV in 2020, Khan said West contacted her and asked her to use “Through The Fire” after listening to it continuously while recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident.