While sitting atop Billboard’s Hip-Hop/R&B Charts, dominating urban radio and receiving a thunderous response at concerts, there is no denying that The Throne’s “Ni**as In Paris” single has conquered the entire music industry and beyond. The pair of oddball samples taken from Will Ferrell’s 2007 figure skating comedy Blades of Glory has certainly added further fuel to the hype. MTV sat down with the famed actor to talk about his affiliation with the tune and its somewhat surprising success.
Kanye reached out to me and I said, ‘Of course’ I was completely flattered when they asked if they could sample me into the song … and when I heard it for the first time, I just started to laugh because it felt so surreal. But I really did like the song.
We were trying to film a piece that they would use on the video boards of their concert, but haven’t gotten it together — and the whole process has opened his eyes to an entirely new career opportunity: Being the go-to sample guy on the hip hop circuit. I think [something from] ‘Step Brothers’ would be good [to use in a song]. Or the Woody Allen movie I did, ‘Melinda and Melinda.’