Here's a Look at All the Influences That Shaped Kanye West's Controversial "Famous"

From Nina Simone to Sister Nancy.

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Kanye West‘s The Life of Pablo hit “Famous” is undeniably controversial. This video takes us through all the samples and influences behind the song, from Nina Simone to Sister Nancy. It also delves into the controversy surrounding the hit but also the implications the song had on Kanye himself. As Yeezus himself has stated, this song helped bring him out of writer’s block.

Check out the clip above and let us know what you think. Additionally, check out this feature outlining 30 other pairings that are as lit as Kanye and Drake.

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