16 Years After Its Release, Fans Still Hail Kanye West’s Use of Michael Jackson Song’s Sample for Graduation

Published 05/20/2023, 1:30 PM EDT

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Some music is timeless, especially when it’s by a legend like Michael Jackson. While the king of music left behind a legacy, artists still look up to his songs for recreation. Music sampling is the term used in the industry for such a thing, and Kanye West made successful use of Jackson’s hit song for his own album back in 2007. Sampling basically means using part or parts of an existing song to create a new one, preferably with permission from the rightful owners. It helps keep the original music alive while being able to recycle and innovate.

Recently this came into highlight when one Twitter user asked to give examples of the best use of a music sample. A fan replied stating that Ye using Michael Jackson’s ‘Pretty Young Thing’, was the best example. On the right was the album cover of Ye’s 2007 ‘Graduation’ album, pointing at the ‘Good Life’ song. The original song was part of the world-renowned ‘Thriller’ album released in 1982, and Ye chopped up the music for his own song.

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T-Pain and Ye both worked on their song by breaking down the sample in the studio. ‘Good Life’ is about Ye singing the glory of his successful future. The lyrics of which certainly proved to be right when it came to his music.

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Even today, fans hail it for being one of the best use of a sample. When the discussion about this surfaced, this is what they had to say.

What Twitterati have to say about Kanye West sampling a Michael Jackson song

Ye first began his career as a producer, which would explain the success behind sampling the Michael Jackson song. Both T-Pain and his fans still praise him for his experimentation with music.

While his rapping is appreciated, his producing skills have been long used by fellow artists as well.

One fan even pointed that out, calling it ‘aesthetically pleasing.’ Another hailed Ye for sampling it by putting on his own work instead of simply copying the beat.

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Ye was also lovingly tagged as ‘the goat’ for his skills, as fans were reminded of his genius. Although there are those who wish he would come back to music. The ‘Gold Digger’ singer has been absent from the limelight for a while now.

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Which Kanye West song do you think makes the best example of his music sampling? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Neha Subhash Ghag

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Neha Ghag is a prime-time entertainment writer for Netflix Junkie, who has written nearly 1000 articles, immersing herself in pop culture. Writing was not her first choice, but she has now found solace in unraveling the fascinating stories of public figures' personal and professional lives. Neha is a fan of classic hip-hop and psycho thrillers, and she can talk endlessly about Kanye West.

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