Yeezy is no fool. Chicago’s irreverent native son starts off his six-minute plus epic track ("Gone") with an emotional Redding pouring his proverbial heart out and a relentless piano riff. Indeed, Kanye West’s deep album gem from his classic Late Registration release lives up to the singer’s soaring spirit, by injecting melancholy strings and the type of heartfelt lyricism that would make Redding proud. Cam’ron delivers plenty of Lenox Avenue-sized Harlem swag, but surprisingly it’s Consequence who nearly steals the whole damn thing. Who knew?
“Gone” by Kanye West feat. Cam'ron and Consequence (2005):
Sampled Otis Redding's “It's Too Late” (1965):