Listen to an Early Version of Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Featuring Young Thug

By Amanda Wicks

It turns out that Young Thug appeared on more than one track for Kanye West’s album The Life of Pablo. An earlier version of “Famous” surfaced today (Oct 6), and it heavily features Thugger.

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In the leaked version, Rihanna gets wiped out completely. Instead of her vocals leading off the track, West starts “Famous” with a sample of Nina Simone’s “Do What You Gotta Do.” The sample returns on the chorus, where West counterposes his vocals against Simone’s. Swizz Beatz still has his hand in the honey, though, and West shouts out his work throughout.

Then there’s Young Thug. He’s all over the track, lending a last verse and hyping throughout. Young Thug’s rhymes start out paced before he doubles down on the beat and comes in almost trilling. On the album’s original track listing, Young Thug only appeared on “Highlights,” but this early version of “Famous” proves that he had more than enough fire to go around. Listen to “Famous” below.

In this earlier version, West has sharper words about Taylor Swift. He raps, “I feel like Taylor Swift still owe me sex/ I made that b–ch famous,” instead of the line that would end up on the finished version, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex” (via Billboard). He says the same thing about Amber Rose. West claiming that both Swift and Rose owe him their bodies is a pretty large leap on an already disparaging line.


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