Chaka Khan was “pissed” when she heard Kanye West‘s 2004 song “Through the Wire.”
Grammy-winning Khan said she gave West, 42, the rights to sample her 1984 song “Through the Fire,” but felt duped because their conversations went “very differently than the song turned out.”
Khan, 66, said on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” that the rapper tugged at her heartstrings with a story about how her music helped him recover from a serious car accident in 2002.
“He called me when he just got out of the hospital,” she told Andy Cohen. “He said, ‘You were so instrumental in my healing process. I had to change the words a little bit to the song, but I had to eat through a wire, you know, and I was wired shut, through a straw.”
“It meant that much to me and it really got my heart,” Khan added.
However, when “Through the Wire” was released, the song featured Khan’s verses in a faster speed than the original.
“I was pissed,” she said. “I was a little insulted — not insulted, I thought it was stupid.”
Khan added that if she knew West had planned to speed up her vocals, she would’ve said “hell no” to him using the track — despite her making money off the sample.
The “I’m Every Woman” singer said she never spoke to the rapper about her disapproval, but rather “gave him silence.”
A rep for West could not immediately be reached for comment.
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