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Chaka Khan is still mad with Kanye West after he sampled her 1985 hit song "Through the Fire" for his break-out hit "Through the Wire".

The "I'm Every Woman" singer granted the rapper permission to use the sample for his "Through the Wire" track, but she was very unhappy with what he did, speeding up her vocals so it sounded like a little girl on helium gas. She hasn't spoken to him since.

"He called me when he had just got out of the hospital," the diva raged on Watch What Happens Live! "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.'" She added: "It really got my heart. I was like, 'Yeah, use it'."

"Then, when it came out - I was p**sed. It was really insulting. Not insulting, I thought it was stupid. If I'd known he was going to do that, I'd have said, 'Hell, no!'"

Chaka decided the best way to respond to Kanye was to ignore him, adding, "I gave him crickets (silence)."

Kanye's debut single was written and recorded while the rapper's jaw was wired shut after he was involved in a single car accident in 2002.

The track was the lead single off Kanye's critically acclaimed album The College Dropout (2004).

"Through the Wire" peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, but lost to Jay-Z's "99 Problems".



  • JuneTEETH

    Somehow I don’t think Ye really cares. I bet he hasn’t reached out to her since then. That’s why she gives him crickets?????Ye shrug

  • DroneRivers

    I doubt she's still upset or even thinking about that man.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Ms Chaka Khan got paid and been sleeping on her resentment for 14 years...Now she wants to complain...really. I know she had to hear the song before it drop she could have told him all her issues than. i love me some Chaka but icons has got to learn to leave things in the past. Speaking about it now...for what and what is going to change.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Chaka(whom is one of my favorite singers) remarks made in that same interview about my beloved musical idol Prince was TOTALLY unnecessary and uncalled for. Plus she appeared to be I'm sorry to say in my opinion under the influence of God knows what.

  • Rayscoty

    Will Yvette Marie Stevens ( Chaka Khan) sit her screaming ass down somewhere...

    That wig been Through The Fire....

  • Indies beauty

    Anyways, loved Kanye's remix. " I drink a boost for breakfast, an Ensure for dizzeeeerrrrt"

  • MsPam

    Kcool what cha talking about? Send the link so I can read/see it.

  • Banka

    Naw naw naw Chaka baby, you took that check probably still getting royalties to this day, so it's a little too late for complaining ....


    Ms. Khan I love you but College Drop Out got me through Senior Year HS in '05 and through college later that year. Kayne made your song greater and I had the ypippo watching your video from 05-07 off kanye track. BE nice!


    Yes, I wanna see whatchu talking about too!

  • Nita Pie

    It was a good song one of his more meaningful songs at that

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Build a bridge...

  • Pitty Patty

    Chaka girl really....

  • deidre martin

    yea i heard she was slurring and hesitating

  • xxxgracious

    NOOOOOOOO ????

  • Carrington

    I don't think her daughter is beefing because I saw her and her kids at Kanye's "church" service.

  • Vonda K

    Chaka khan is THE QUEEN.
    Don’t start none, wont be none!

  • Pitty Patty

    What that dope fiend ass bytch say about my Prince?

  • Pitty Patty

    Why she didn't return the check if she thought was so bad. She took that check and got high thats why...

  • MsSapphire9800
  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Ok now Chaka, girl!! We know don't nobody blow like you. But it was a sample. If you wanted it to sound exactly like the original why didn't you stipulate that when you talked to him. And with that being said vocals are usually sped up or slowed down when sampling, most artists do that. IF they wanted it to sound exactly the same way as the original they would just ask the artist to feature and sing it outright. You reaching Ms. just wanted a reason. Put the cocaine down!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    Right. I said it's proably the coke speaking. *shrugs*

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Is this a spoof post to give that demon Kanya some shine .... that song old a classic and das it ..... this ahyt here yet again fake damn news to keep that demon Kanye in da media ... fawk da whole topic ... been doing good without hearing that demon name ... grasping at straws trying to keep that ignoramus and his slut hexanbeast in da media .... guess next ..... he will join the politic debates coming up for show ... sick of anything about anything Kanya or heavy hipped Dashian .... end rant ! #Bye don't @ my azz get blocked !?

  • WhoKnew

    Yvette, guh we're still waiting for you to hire a choreographer and do something more than step to the left and step to the right when you're singing. You can line dance, do the electra slide or the dougie. If you really wanna be fly you can "shoot"...just hold onto your wig when you do.

  • Karen Brady

    It's my fave Kanye track EVER. Sorry girl.

  • DeJeri

    The college dropout was my joint. You know... before slavery became a choice.

  • Let them eat cake

    i looooove you chaka but girl you're overreacting on this one.

  • SJ

    She should have listened to the song before clearing the sample.

  • AphroKween

    Also before he fell into the sunken place.

  • Gloria

    Through the wire is actually one of my favorite kanye songs. She trippin. I’m young so I knew about that before the original Chaka song lol

  • Karen Brady


  • Karen Brady

    It's my # 1 followed only by the one with Stacey Dash in the video.

  • Tlowe89

    She was drunk, her speech was slurred

  • WhoKnew

    Bingo and keno....she should have listened to the track first.

  • Capricornlady

    I hate BOTH songs but she is petty asf LOL

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chaka is a Bitter white horse riding lady Eh?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Lord I miss the old Kanye...

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    People actually attend that “service”?

  • Gloria

    They mk ultra’d my boy ?

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker
  • rory

    Ms. Chaka, I Feel for You cause Ain't Nobody Seeing Eye to Eye with you about this, get your head out of the Clouds because Life is a Dance. Once You Get Started... damn!!!!
    Love You All My Lifetime Sweet Thang,
    p.s. some of my faves... lol (insomniac)

  • Ni Ni

    The Legendary Chaka gets no hate from me over this. That Aretha funeral performance, however....?.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    Me too ? lol

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Wire his life shut. Spare the world. :) too late . Dammit, Donda! #ComeGetYaSon!!!

  • Kanyade

    Got2BReal! lol

  • Rhyme and Reason

    She didn’t bother to ask (her error), and she has EVERY RIGHT NOT TO LIKE HIS SAMPLE OF HER WORK!

    It’s one of my favorite Kanye songs before he went all the way left!

    Kanye doesn’t play fair. Syleena’s dad was more hurt that he tried to use his music without asking and paying, and they knew each other! Secretly recording Taylor Swift, snatching her award from her!

    Buying the Whitney Houston bathroom pic for Pusha was the last straw for me, he’s pure trash!

  • Wreckognize Game

    I used to be excited singing that white horse song when I was younger then I found out what it meant. I was running round here like Luda’s daughter singing the grown wrong azz song.?

  • Wreckognize Game

    Before he got enslaved by his mind, the K’s and the MAGA hat.

  • Karen Brady

    teee heeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Rhyme and Reason

    It’s the mistakes, people make that hurts the most.

    When being nice, and you feel not good about the outcome or doing something you didn’t have to, only to cause angst!

  • Coy little wink

    I enjoyed her going up yonder...i thought she was a bit subdued but that was to be expected

  • Society has changed

    Chaka gets a “legend pass” for Kanye to kiss her ———! She doesn’t have to forgive him!!!!

  • Roderick2011

    She and Monique need to find each other, build a bridge together and get over it.
    She should have told him only if she approved but he flattered her ego and well that's history.

  • Vegas1989

    Keno is my favorite game...LOL

  • Yup, I said it

    Now Chaka...don't be petty.

  • WhoKnew


  • Coy little wink

    He is not going to repeat any Prince slander hun...

  • tintin

    Didnt u get paid old heffa. Stop complaining. You lucky he asked permission. Ppl have to being suing to get paid for their samples being used w/o permission. There are bigger problems in the world right now

  • TamG

    Some things are better left unsaid. Even if she thought this, why verbalize it? Too old to be that messy.

    And in the grand scheme of things, that rap song was tasteful by industry standards. Imagine if she’d sold the hook to someone in present day. Would have probably been the hook for some vulgar, foul-mouthed mumble song. Be grateful Kanye’s song at least had some depth. *shrug*

  • Bree

    Really Chaka?! I'm done.

  • Marlika

    I bet her funky ass wasn’t mad at them checks that came in from the sampling.?

  • Applebootay

    RIGHT! LIKE ....SAT down somewhere.....

  • Applebootay

    Oh I forgot about that bathroom pic.....

  • Applebootay

    How old are you? Bingo and Keno....LOL

  • Applebootay

    She still riding the white horse?

  • Applebootay

    Not the wig....LOL

  • Applebootay

    Now she a dope fiend azz bytch cause she said something bout ya boy? LOLOLOLOOOOOOOOOOO HOLLERING

  • Katherine

    It's old news but she was asked about it along with Whitney's cover of "I'm Every Woman" and gave her honest opinion about both. I doubt she goes around bringing it up; it probably wouldn't have crossed her mind had she not been asked about it.

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    CHAKA , might as well be mad at a piece of WOOD,,,,that's how KANYE act and that's how is brain is now..CHAKA you're wasting your time.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Heard a couple threads down she was slurring her words and seemed to be disoriented and high on something. ????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs


  • Applebootay

    Oh wee....Chaka been high since 1922


  • GAPeach

    Are you really expecting a woman that's almost 70 to be dancing like Beyonce on stage. or was that for shits and giggles?

  • KLove

    LMAOOO.....i could hear it now:

    Through the wire I be f**kin on these bishes
    Through the wire I be trickin on these bishes
    Through the wire I be twerkin on these hoes
    Through the wire hoes suckin on my toes

    LOL...i should write music

  • MsSapphire9800

    She was not the song why is she complaining...and how did she give the okay when she is not even listed no where on the credits.

  • Chicagowise

    What checks? Chaka Khan didn't write that song. The songwriter and the owner of the copyright and publishing, are the only people who get royalties. And even if she did own the copyright, a compulsory music license would allow anyone to re-record that song or sample it without her permission.


    I distinctly remember Chaka performing this song with him on some award when it came out.

  • Nunya Business

    Then why did he have to get her permission to use it? Serious question because I know nothing about the music business.

  • Chicagowise

    As a vocalist, I LOVE Chaka Khan. At her peak, her phrasing and improvisational skills were impeccable. Her voice was like a well tuned saxophone. However, she can be a bit messy sometimes. When she covered "I Feel For You" by Prince, she was upset, because Prince didn't call her and praise her rendition of his song.

  • Chicagowise

    He probably wanted her blessing or he didn't know better, but Chaka doesn't own the rights to that song, and even if she did, it can be sampled and remade without her permission. Google compulsory music license.

  • Roderick2011


  • Ghetto Real Name

    I'm sorry Chaka but ma'am if I could get that Ye back musically I would listen to it all over again the exact same. That song, his version was a masterpiece.

    And if you didn't get paid enough, which I suspect this is about, next time ask for more. We all know your 65 yo ass loves your drugs and drank and I'm sure you could use the funds to go back to rehab for the 17th time Yvette.

    I don't even rock with Ye no more, but have a seat and if you need one... another drink Chaka. I heard you were out here performing drunk as fukk as recently as last summer auntie. Get well soon and take care hun

  • Ghetto Real Name

    As said here before, my daddy LOVED this lady. Her biggest fan. Why? Idk. Messy old coke whore to me

  • Hunni24
  • MsSapphire9800

    She do not own the song...nor is she a credit writer...She had no say so in what Kanye did with the song...Kanye was nice enough to add her vocals. That is why she has never spoke on it before....maybe she got a few pennies for her vocals.

  • Daryl Campbell

    She's such a Diva, I love her.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Chaka does no wrong in my eyes I love Chaka! She been thru a lot and still has prevailed

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    O cmon she get no credit? Lol

  • Ghetto Real Name

    She should have shut up forever.

  • JuneTEETH

    I thought sample are free and legal. No permission needed

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Yep he was new money and humble at that time

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Chaka a legend! Thru the wire to me ain’t a classic. However, Kanye’s “Can’t tell me nothing” is my jam! I love that shyt


    I'm sorry Chaka but Ye' killed this song with your sample.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD


  • With Kind Regards

    If Chaka dislikes it I hate it.

  • With Kind Regards

    What have you accomplished with your "sober" self. You can tie Chaka's shoe laces. Dusty troll.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Sampling a song gives the next artists space to put their spin on it. I know she's always out spoken, but Im surprised she's so vocal about hating his take on the sample.


    I would be mad at prince too

  • BishesDntGtIt

    And I still haven’t forgive Mrs. Chaka for that GAWD AWFUL Jazz in the Gardens performance from last year. Kanye did a great job with the sample by the way!!

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Im actually not sober. My ass out here drinking some wine right now. But I aint a forever drunk like Chaka. She been drunk or high my whole entire LIFE. Said what I said.Matter of fact, Ms. Khan is this YOU?

  • Ghetto Real Name

    The one folks was saying she was drunk at right?

  • With Kind Regards


    What have you accomplished as a not always sober person?
    Maybe you should be a drunk and coke head then! If Chaka is all these ignorant disrespectful names and she's the gorgeous legend she is then maybe you start skiing !

    Oh and blocked!

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Bye whore. You came on my comment.

  • With Kind Regards

    A whore who could take your man and get a ring, Baby Momma.

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Have him. Shit. And why the fukk am I not blocked by you yet? SCRAM MUTT

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Naw. She nasty and mean spirited. Not first time she done spoke out about stuff in a negative light.

  • oshh16

    I love her too, so many jams!
    Everlasting Love,
    Ain't nobody etc etc
    We know Chaka is a diva.

  • With Kind Regards

    Youre the help. Block yourself for me .

  • Chicagowise

    LMAO! Have you heard the story about how Prince tricked her into meeting him?

  • Davida Stokes


  • Well$$Well$$?

    Through the Wire is one of my favorite Kanye songs. He wrote the song after he almost lost his life and it's very powerful. Auntie Chaka is trippin....

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I’ve heard she was friendly

  • Pamela

    "Funky ass"? Mmmm

  • T3


  • davine puddin


  • BishesDntGtIt

    Yes. She was either high or drunk or both.

  • MMM

    This is the Kanye I miss; And he did a marvelous job on this song. Every time I think of old Kanye, I think of this song.

    Creativity at its best!

  • ThisHarryHere

    hmm interesting

  • Jethro

    Tell 'em how you feel, Chaka! LOL

  • Jethro

    Chaka said, "Don't call me Auntie!"

  • Quagsire!

    I’ll bet cha Chaka ain’t mad when she cashes those royalty checks. Shut up Chaka and get a bang out of life.

  • Quagsire!

    Back in the day Chaka would lip sync while Vesta Williams sang for her right off stage.
    Chaka knows how effed up she used to be back in the day.

  • Quagsire!

    B I N G O!!! See my other comment above...

  • mialaoyin


  • mialaoyin

    I love her and adore her both.

  • mialaoyin

    I cannot forget that or forgive him for making Slut Walker Day possible.

  • mialaoyin

    Well I ain't one to gossip, BUT I do know that somebody wanted to sample "Fast Car" and Tracy Chapman told them hell to the no in Whitney Houston fashion. I believe Pretty Nikki is what they call her.

  • mialaoyin

    Messy Andy Cohen starting doody.

  • mialaoyin

    Please do tell!

  • EasyBreezy

    Is her son still incarcerated on that murder charge?

  • EasyBreezy
  • EasyBreezy


  • Peppermint Patty

    Bwaashaaaawaa....she's had a few flops!

  • EasyBreezy


  • RespectSelf

    I like how folks get to talking when people are "canceled". She on there saying that she never told him lol... then why are you talking about it on a show with someone else. I can't respect that. If he was not "canceled" then she wouldn't have said nothing.

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns
  • Jordan’s Memory

    Lmao no you shouldn't!!!!

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Stop!!! Yalll are killing me this morning!!!

  • Hunni24


  • BishesDntGtIt

    My mom told me about that. I wish she would have used a singer that day cause that performance was embarrassing. It was my first & last time seeing her perform.

  • BishesDntGtIt

    Smfh... That’s terrible. I was excited to see her too. Then my cousin say well you know she just got out of rehab so I don’t know which Chaka we gon get today.

  • ShWa

    I think Kanye did a good job on the song but each it's own.....

  • Trace da Ace

    I mean...I like the song and what he did...but to each its own....(insert Kanye shrug)...

  • speakinmymind

    ???? Damn!

  • Soon2BWife

    I guess she gave him crickets after she performed the song live and side by side with him at the 04 VMA's?

  • deadellamore

    Can we get Old Kanye back please!

  • Peppermint Patty

    Aye, some of the flops are bops just to say I remember when....*flashes back to 5 heartbeats*

  • destini london
  • Tamara Artis-Dawkins


  • EasyBreezy


  • Let them eat cake

    but even still, its dumb that she's still annoyed by that. its not a big deal.

  • Chicagowise

    Somewhere between his 1st and 2nd album, Prince called Chaka and pretend to be Sly from The Family Stone. Prince asked her to come to the studio and jam. When Chaka got there and saw Prince, she said something along the lines of, "Who the f#$k are you? Where is Sly? Dont waste my time with this bullsh/t!" Then she walked out.

    Needless to say, they didn't speak for years after that. That's why Prince didn't comment on her rendition of "I Fee For You." Years later, they forged a friendship.

  • IamAllnatural

    I’m with Chaka, I couldn’t stand that song and they played it so much on the radio. I loved All Falls Down, though.

  • Logan Roberts

    I like Chaka. But she needs to get her act together, 65 years old & still doing drugs and abusing alcohol.

  • chris

    Never let me down ..

  • Kimocha

    But I really LIKED Through The Wire!... It was the first song I ever heard by Kanye and I loved it and thought it was so deep!... I don't think Chaka sounds bad at all... I don't get what her problem is.

  • Strappyheels

    Chaka is such a bitch!!

  • Strappyheels

    I need the tea on that!!

  • Strappyheels

    That whole album still slaps!!

  • Strappyheels

    An ex of mine told me a story of how he went to her house back in the day somewhere over the Golden Gate Bridge and she came to the door butt naked, he said she lost him as a fan..

  • Lady” Youngblood

    She use to babysit for my aunt in Harlem she was always a live wire I heard. But I miss the old Kanye and I like Thur the wire.

  • Kay Gee

    I recall she performed that song with Kayne at an awards show, or have a lost my mind???

  • mialaoyin

    I read her autobiography years ago and also saw a recent documentary about her but don't recall this story. Prince was a very sensitive artist. Most folks would have chalked it up to her being high.

  • MzApple

    she did several times

  • brandon

    Black women say suck a real bitch dick out in Harlem, spit, fight, tattoos all over like a nigga but I'm the clown....manly acting bitches!

  • Lady” Youngblood

    Then keep your punk ass out of Harlem and a way from black people.pussy