Kanye Paul Natkin/Getty Images Kanye West and Chance the Rapper remembered Michael Jackson on his 60th birthday Wednesday by sampling The Jackson Five classic, “Never Can Say Goodbye.
Kanye commented on Twitter, “We had to chop this up for Michael’s birthday,” with a video of himself sampling the track in a Chicago studio as Chance watched. Michael was 12 years old when he recorded the song in 1971 with his brothers for the group’s fifth album, Maybe Tomorrow.
It’s not the first time Kanye has sampled a Jackson Five classic, either. He famously did the same with “I Want You Back,” for JAY-Z‘s 2001 hit “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).”
Kanye also posted another photo in the studio with the comment, “Feels good to be home.” Like Chance, Ye is from Chicago, and he’s producing the younger rapper’s new album.
As previously reported, Chance announced in July on the ABC-TV Chicago show Windy City Live that Kanye was returning to Chi-Town to record with him.
“Working with him on his albums is crazy,” he said. “But having him tell me that he wants to produce my album and come to Chicago and work with me and stuff…Kanye West is like my first image of a free black man in the industry.”
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