10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kanye West’s ‘Late Registration’

It’s been 12 years since Kanye West released his sophomore album, Late Registration, a sleek and hit-filled project that solidified his status as a hip-hop all-star with a brilliant musical mind.

From the soulful “Gold Digger” (featuring Jamie Foxx) to the fanciful horns in “Touch the Sky,” it seemed Yeezy had the Midas touch. Plus, like he did on College Dropout, Mr. West showed off his vulnerabilities on tracks like the Patti LaBelle-assisted “Roses” and the emotionally-charged Mother’s Day anthem, “Hey Mama.”

Twelve years after the Jon Brion-aided project first broke through the music game with its live instrumentation and masterful samples, Rap-Up takes a look back at some of the behind-the-scenes stories that helped make Late Registration all that it is today.

1. ‘Gold Digger’ Was Written During ‘College Dropout’
“Gold Digger” might be one of Late Registration’s biggest hits, but it was actually written during Kanye’s debut album recording sessions. “I wrote ‘Gold Digger’ before I wrote ‘Workout Plan,’ ‘Spaceships,’ or ‘Last Call,’” Yeezy told MTV News. “I wrote the first verse of ‘Gold Digger’ right after my accident and I just put it on that beat. If I said, ‘Cutie the bomb,’ you know it had to be an older rap.”

2. Shawnna Passed on ‘Gold Digger’
Originally, “Gold Digger” was meant to be Shawnna’s. In fact, the lyrics in the chorus were crafted from a female perspective, according to Patrick “Plain Pat” Reynolds. “He did the beat at Ludacris’ house in Atlanta and he did it for Shawnna,” he told MTV. “She passed on it, actually. I’m not sure why.”

3. Jamie Foxx Thought ‘Gold Digger’ Was ‘Wack’
When Kanye asked Jamie to tone down his singing for “Gold Digger,” Foxx thought that the song had no legs. “In my mind, I’m thinking this young fella don’t know about R&B,” he told “The Late Late Show.” “So I sing it begrudgingly thinking, ‘He ain’t gonna make it. This ain’t gonna take off.’ I left and went and did a bad movie for six weeks. I come back, and my boy Breyon Prescott who put it together was like, ‘Remember that song you said was wack? It’s No. 1 in the country.’”

4. JAY-Z’s Favorite Song is ‘We Major’
When Kanye West enlisted Nas for “We Major,” he knew it was an issue for JAY-Z, who knew he was involved in a long-running feud with Esco. However, Jigga didn’t seem to mind because he liked the collaboration so much. “‘We Major’ is JAY’s favorite song on the album,” Yeezy told MTV. “When something is so good, you can’t deny it. Let’s say JAY is like the stone statue that represents Roc-a-Fella, rap music, gangsta rap, a business mogul, and all that, when you hear the horns on ‘We Major’ and you hear the chorus and an original-form Nas, that can sometimes warm somebody’s heart, even JAY standing up in this position. G.O.O.D. Music can break through anything and maybe start to break down the wall between two of the greatest MCs that we have.”

5. ‘Heard ‘Em Say’ Was Made On a Plane
During a flight to Italy for the MTV European Music Awards, Kanye introduced himself to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. With an iPod in his hand, he also approached him about creating a song on the spot. “He played me this record like, ‘Hey, I’ve got this record. Do you want to write a song together?’ On a plane,” Levine told Montreality. “I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ And that was it. The next thing I knew we were in the studio making the record and it was that easy.”

6. ‘Drive Slow’ Was Made the Day Kanye Met Nas
Levine wasn’t the only artist to make magic upon his first meeting with Yeezy. According to Saul Williams, Nas had a similar experience, but on land. “It’s the first time Nas ever met Kanye,” he told 247HH. “The first thing I remember was the fact that Nas was like, ‘It’s a pleasure to meet you.’ Kanye is like, ‘Yo, actually!’ There was a track that I think Nas had gotten from No I.D. or something that actually Kanye had done. He was like, ‘Actually, I’m on this album of yours. I did this track, actually, as a ghost producer.’ And then Kanye made this crazy speech about people naming their kids after them, like, ‘There are already little kids named Kanye and Nas and we need to do something to let people know that if they’re gonna carry that name, it comes with something.’ Nas, it was really funny, is looking at me like, ‘What is this guy talking about?’”

7. Paul Wall Almost Didn’t Make the ‘Drive Slow’ Session
While driving to the studio to record his verse on “Drive Slow,” Paul Wall was stopped by the police in what he thought was a prank. “Y’all gotta be ‘Punk’-ing me right now,” he told Rap-Up. “Telling me I’m about to go do a song with Kanye West and I’m getting pulled over by the police. I said, ‘Hell nah. This ain’t real.’ I cussed the police out thinking I was getting ‘Punk’d.’ I almost ain’t make it.” Paul eventually made the session and the rest is history.

8. ‘Late Registration’ Left Kanye In Debt
Kanye has been open about his issues with debt throughout his career. After making Late Registration, he admitted that it led to some financial troubles. “I worked hard to get here,” he said (via MTV). “I put my love, I put my heart, I put my money [into Late Registration]. I’m $600,000 in the hole right now on that album.”

9. ‘Crack Music’ Was Meant for Diddy
Before “Crack Music” became a Kanye West and Game collaboration, the song was meant to appear on Diddy’s Press Play LP. “Here’s a fun fact for you,” said Consequence. “Puff Daddy inspired ‘Crack Music’ from ‘Late Registration.” Diddy, apparently, co-signed this comment. “That right there is off of Press Play,” he said. “But you know I ain’t gonna lie, that was better for ‘Ye’s album. They hit that ‘Crack Music’ and that was woo. We making that field ni**a, shit, ni**a. We ain’t fuckin’ with none of them house ni**as. Shit is real chocolatey, real motherfuckin’ blue-black. We ain’t talking about race, we talking about music. That black soulful, black recession, broke, gut wrenching, motherfuckin’ make-a-baby, get-your-feet-swollen-up, dancing-on-the-dance-floor.”

10. The Album Was Worked On Until the Last Minute
Although Kanye couldn’t tinker with Late Registration the way he did with The Life of Pablo, he was able to work on it until the very last second. According to Plain Pat, that’s exactly what he did. “We had the mastering studio and the regular studio right next to each other,” Plain Pat told MTV. “We did that at Sony [studios in New York]. We were recording things and walking it over to master. We’d be going back and forth for a week straight up until we cut the final part. We made changes up until the end — that’s why a lot of the credits on the album are fucked up, because the artwork was done and we were making changes.”

–Andres Tardio

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2017 MTV VMAs Draw Lowest Ratings Ever

The 2017 MTV Video Awards saw its lowest ratings ever on Sunday (Aug. 27), when Katy Perry hosted the annual event at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Airing across 10 different channels, including MTV, MTV2, VH1, Comedy Central, and other Viacom-owned sister networks, the show only drew 5.68 million viewers, down from 6.5 million the year before, according to Billboard.

This year’s low continues an ongoing trend for the Video Music Awards. According to TV Line, this marks the fourth straight year of a decline in ratings for the network’s annual extravaganza.

Ratings for the awards show started being counted in 1994 and it has always been a large draw for the network. In 2002, when the show aired exclusively on MTV, it garnered 11.9 million viewers.

Competition may have impacted its viewership. On Sunday, MTV went head-to-head with the season 7 finale of “Game of Thrones,” which saw its personal record, 12.07 million viewers, tuning in. The VMAs won a moral victory, defeating HBO’s “GOT” in the teen demographic.

The VMAs also apparently had a large social media impact, trending globally for 13 hours and defeating “GOT” as a top trending traffic, according to Billboard.

This year’s VMAs featured performances by Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid, Fifth Harmony, Gucci Mane, and Kendrick Lamar. Kung Fu Kenny was also the night’s biggest star, taking home six Moon Persons.

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HOT TOPICS RUNDOWN: August 30

By Joanne Rosa

Corinne Olympios Doesn’t Blame DeMario

CHRIS HARRISON, CORINNE OLYMPIOS

Former contestant on The Bachelor, and Bachelor in Paradise Corinne Olympios sat down with Chris Harrison last night to talk about the scandal that unfolded between her and DeMario Jackson. Corinne thinks the whole incident is “crazy,” and she wishes she could talk to him before everything exploded. Corinne wants the public to know that she doesn’t blame DeMario for what happened, and she wishes him the best. Corinne also told Good Morning America Tuesday morning that she remembers “nothing from the situation… I did drink too much… but I was also on a medication that, you know, severely blacks you out and impairs your judgment and, you know, messes with your balance… I didn’t know you were supposed to not drink on [the medication].”

Corinne also told GMA that she is weaning off of the medication she was on earlier, and cut down on her drinking.

Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8|7c on ABC.

Kim and Kanye are Reportedly “Not Concerned” With T-Swift’s New Song

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - February 14, 2017

At this point, many assume Taylor Swift’s new song “Look What You Made Me Do” is about Kim and Kanye due to some connections in the song and music video. However, it’s looking like Kimye couldn’t care less.

A source told People Kim and Kanye “find it pathetic that she still tries to keep an old feud going. They are not going to give her or her music any attention. They have more important things to focus on, like their family.” Another source told Us that “Kim and Kanye are not concerned or interested in dredging up the situation with Taylor and hope Taylor can move on… [they] haven’t even been thinking about it and have moved on.”

“Cash Me Outside” Girl AKA Danielle Bregoli Music Video Mocks Kylie

Danielle Bregoli aka The Cash Me Outside Girl Visits Music Choice

“Cash Me Outside” girl is a rapper now, howbow dah?

TMZ shared a short clip of Danielle Bregoli’s new music video “These Heaux,” and it’s apparent Danielle is throwing shade at Kylie Jenner. In the clip, Danielle raps, “These heaux they feed off attention, zero time that’s what I give em/ I ain’t nothin’ like these heaux, don’t compare me to no one.” It then pans over to someone who resembles Kylie Jenner getting lip and butt injections.

The shade of it all!

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Video: Joey Bada$$ – ‘500 Benz’

Joey Bada$$ goes on a joyride with his lady in the video for his throwback-inspired single “500 Benz.”

Directed by Picture Perfect, the visual finds Jozif Badmon whipping an old school Mercedes-Benz drop-top through the city streets. Riding on BBS rims, the New York wordsmith goes to the liquor store for Magnums and a single flower.

“500 Benz” is one of three new songs that the Pro Era rhymer released back in July. All three cuts followed the April release of All-Amerikkkan Bada$$.

Recently, Bada$$ made headlines when he backed out of some dates on Logic’s “Everybody’s Tour.” Some believed it was because the rapper had looked at the recent eclipse without the recommended eyewear.

Taking to Twitter to address the rumors, Joey joked about his vision. “It is true,” he said. “I can now see the future. In fact, I am now legally blind…to the bullshit.”

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Nipsey Hussle Arrested After Parking in Handicap Spot

Nipsey Hussle spent an evening in jail due to outstanding traffic warrants after his vehicle was found parked in a disabled spot.

TMZ reports that police spotted the rapper’s ride illegally parked in a handicap spot at approximately 9 p.m. on Monday (Aug. 28). When the officer ran the plates through the system, he found Hussle’s past traffic-related warrants.

Taking to social media, Neighborhood Nip shared a video of himself, seemingly unbothered. “I just bailed out on some bullshit traffic warrants,” he said. “What y’all doing at five in the morning?”

He continued by claiming that this won’t deter him from future success. “Y’all can’t knock my vibe right now,” he said. “Y’all can’t take my inspiration at all. It’s not gonna happen.”

The video was captioned with gratitude for those who helped him get out of jail and a message to the police. “Fucc LAPD,” he wrote. “y’all can’t stop GOD!!!!”

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Jhené Aiko Readies New Album ‘TRIP 17’

Jhené Aiko is taking her fans on a journey with the release of her sophomore album TRIP 17.

The R&B songstress revealed the title of her long-awaited LP, along with a stunning photo captured by Jen Senn, in the September/October 2017 issue of Playboy.

“It’s inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic,” explained Aiko. “I’m at a point where I put it all in the music. It’s a puzzle I want people to put together.”

Jhene slays in Playboy's 2017 Music Issue!

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Aiko has reportedly been crafting the project in Hawaii. In June, she released the single “While We’re Young” and its 50 First Dates-inspired video. Shortly after, she followed it up with her Chris Brown collaboration, “Hello Ego (Don’t Stop).”

TRIP 17, which has been described as a map, marks Jhené’s first full-length studio album since 2014’s Souled Out. The project is still awaiting a release date.

“I would say that it is way more than music and way more than anything I’ve ever done before,” she told Billboard earlier this year. “I’ve been working on it for a few years now, since I put out my mixtape, so I think people will just appreciate all of the effort, work, and time that I put into it. I really like to take my time and make sure that it’s a true representation of me and what I’ve been through. It’s way more than music. It’s like an art project that I’ve been working on that I can’t wait to share.”

Aside from her solo material, Aiko is also teaming up with her beau Big Sean for a second TWENTY88 project.

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