Chaka Khan still upset about Kanye West sampling her 1984 hit ‘Through The Fire’

Chaka Khan still upset that Kanye West used her 1984 hit “Through The Fire” for his debut single “Through The Wire” in 2004.

In an interview with Good afternoon DCThe 10-time Grammy winner said that while she let him sample his song, she didn’t expect her to sound like a “chipmunk” when she heard his finished song.

“Here he is [Kanye] did with his music,” Khan said. “It upset me that I sound 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 were, I would have 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 samples of past years’ music, most notably on his 2007 hit single. “Good life,” where he sampled Michael Jackson’s 1982 record “PYT” (Pretty Young Thing).

This isn’t the first time the 69-year-old has expressed disapproval of the iconic hip-hop record. In an interview with Vlad TV in 2020, Khan said that West contacted her and asked her to use “Through The Fire” after listening to it constantly while recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident.