In 2003, Kanye West dropped his debut album College Dropout and it had hit single “Through the Wire'” which sampled Chaka Khan’s 1984 song “Through the Fire”.
Fans loved the hit single except for Chaka Khan.
Per reports, Khan was upset that Kanye used the sample the way he did. If she would of known beforehand, she would of told him “hell no.”
“He called me when he just got out of the hospital. 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. Jaws wired shut through a straw.’ It meant that much to me. It really got my heart, tugged at my string. I was like, yeah, use it. Then when it came out, I was pissed,” Khan said after mocking the high-pitch hook. “It was a little insulting. Not insulting, I thought it was stupid! If I’d known he was gonna do that, I would have said, ‘Hell no’,” Khan said on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen last night.
College Dropout went three-time platinum and is considered one of Kanye’s best albums.