Rapper/activist Wyclef Jean recently revealed the hip-hop lyrics he wished he could have wrote, and admitted Kanye West‘s “Jesus Walks” is one of his most envied tracks.
According to Jean, he was impressed content-wise and sonically by “Jesus Walks”.
“The song is just a testimony to everything Kanye went through in his life…dude could have died in that car accident. It’s all about the style of the production. It’s very cinematic. When you listen to the words he saying he’s also giving testimony to Jesus. It’s just an incredible song.” (VIBE)
Jean also said he wish he could have masterminded late reggae legend Bob Marley‘s “Exodus.”
“I wish I wrote ‘Exodus’ because it’s a movement. Bob could have made it about Haiti. The idea of a race of people saying, ‘Yo, it’s time for us to get out of this slavery under Pharaoh’s hand and to find the promise land.’ The story of Exodus to me always reminds me of the African story. I’ve been to Ethiopia a few times. I’ve talked to the Jews in Ethiopia. That song is a reflection of the original man.” (VIBE)
Recently, rapper Yung Berg revealed he stole the “Jesus Walks” instrumental and placed the beat on his demo CD circa 2000.
“Kanye West is the best artist and producer in the game right now and the best artist to come out of Chicago,” Berg said in an interview with Mikey T The Move Star. “So what happened was, I was around [producer] Boogz, the whole 1st & 15th, Lupe Fiasco, ask Lupe about me — Boogz had a demo tape, not even a demo, a beat reel CD of Kanye’s or whatever. It had ‘Jesus Walks’ on there and I ended up stealing that CD from Boogz — I stole the beat, granted, the ‘Jesus Walks’ beat is exactly the way you hear it or [if] it’s amplified to other sounds — I recorded this song and ‘Jesus Walks’ was on my demo. Like, how crazy is that? … I played Rodney [Jerkins] a lot of my records [from the demo], I was at like record number three…he ordered some food and I remember I was sitting there and Rodney fell asleep while I was playing him ‘Jesus Walks.’ Dead a**.” (Mikey T The Movie Star)
In 2004, Ye’s record helped earn the producer a Grammy and recognition from Rolling Stone.
The single was accompanied by three separate music videos, each of which visually interpreted a portion of its multifaceted context in different ways. “Jesus Walks” continues to be a crowd favorite and stands as one of the most-performed songs by West, who has included it within all of his headlining tours. At the 47th Grammy Awards, “Jesus Walks” was awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Song. Rolling Stone named the song #19 on their list of 50 Best Songs of the 2000s decade. (Wikipedia)
Check out “Jesus Walks” below: