A couple months after Hollywood actor Will Ferrell offered his take, Blades of Glory co-star Jon Heder has now weighed in on Jay-Z and Kanye West sampling his voice off their Watch the Throne anthem, “N*ggas In Paris.”
Heder admitted he learned about getting sampled after the song began building a buzz.
“I actually heard about it after the fact,” Heder revealed in an interview. “Then I called up my manager like ‘What’s going on here? Is there some kind of compensation happening?’ It was like ‘Whatever, the glory of the song is your compensation Jon. Listen to it.’ I was like, ‘All right.’ I am like one of those in Paris. [I’m a part of history?] Yeah, I guess, we have to give it probably a few more years to see its history. … I’m not quite sure what the connection is but I feel very but I feel very honored. It’s a compliment right?” (FUSE)
In November, Heder’s Blades of Glory co-star Will Ferrell said he hoped to get sampled on more hip-hop records.
“Kanye reached out to me and I said, ‘Of course,’ ” Ferrell wrote in an e-mail referring to the Blades of Glory sample request. “I was completely flattered when they asked if they could sample me into the song … and when I heard it for the first time, I just started to laugh because it felt so surreal. But I really did like the song.” So much so, in fact, that Ferrell said he’s hoping to take the Throne collaboration to the next level — “We were trying to film a piece that they would use on the video boards of their concert, but haven’t gotten it together,” he wrote — and the whole process has opened his eyes to an entirely new career opportunity: Being the go-to sample guy on the hip hop circuit. “I think [something from] ‘Step Brothers’ would be good [to use in a song],” he wrote. “Or the Woody Allen movie I did, ‘Melinda and Melinda.'” (MTV)
Over the fall, Jay and Ye performed “Paris” seven times at a Detroit show.
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch The Throne” tour came to Detroit on Saturday to a massive crowd at the Palace. The duo played 39 songs total, for a two-and-a-half hour set. Many of those were classic solo hits, but the pair also seemed particularly drawn to the song off their joint-effort “Watch The Throne” album. They were so drawn, in fact, that they performed “N*ggas in Paris” seven times. The multiple-encore is apparently not a new phenomenon, at least on this tour. West and Jay-Z played the same song six times at a previous show in Boston. And before that, they played “N*ggas in Paris” five times in Miami. (Huffington Post)
The anthem also made New York City pedestrian Terrane Hicks a viral star after performing the song in a subway train.
“Well, everyone I know keeps calling me and hysterically laughing. I love it. Love the excitement and I’m actually going to try to take this somewhere! … I was born and raised in Harlem, recently moved to Brooklyn. I’m a martial artist and I own a personal training company called Skye Fitness (skyefitness.com). [Was I drunk?] No, actually I was totally sober. I am like this all the time. I’m just a hype person. … No, I don’t normally rap out loud but that’s one of those songs that gets you hype! I really didn’t care what the other riders thought. That’s that song!!! And yes, I was definitely trying to entertain my fellow commuters.” (Miss Info)
Check out Jon Heder’s interview below: