Iconic people often are often praised with art created after them. But, sometimes choosing to create a work of art after a living person can be fraught with it’s own challenges, which one producer is now trying to navigate those waters with his new single, “Billionaire Like Kanye West,” https://orcd.co/billionkanye, which has a hashtag that is exploding on TikTok with more than 10 million views!
In the 2000s era, there was a trend to write songs after famous people, including other famous music artists. Taylor Swift charted her song, “Tim McGraw,” at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 6 on Billboards Hot Country. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera hit number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with their single, “Moves Like Jagger.” Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor landed on number 21 on Billboards Hot 100 chart with their single, “Marvin Gaye.” Even Billboard’s Independent Album chart featured Qveen Herby’s “Busta Rhymes” at number 37.
But, after Rapper Mac Miller successfully released the Billboard Hot 100 charting track, “Donald Trump,” which peaked at number 75 on January 7, 2012, and Peaked at number 47 on Billboard’s U.S. Digital Song Sales chart, he found a new set of challenges from his subject.
Donald Trump initially applauded Miller, calling him “the new Eminem.” But later Trump famously threatened to sue him for use of his name. That feud lasted years culminating in Miller telling people to NOT vote for Trump during his presidential election.
WHY DID YOU WRITE THIS SONG?
UNK^6 said he started writing the single in January 2020. The indie producer took his time enlisting the help of 10-time Grammy® winner, Joel Kibble (Take 6) with a track written by multi-platinum producer Mantra, whose credits include Future, Rihanna, Will Smith and others.
UNK^6 originally wrote the lyrics and arranged the vocals as a bravado piece saying “I wanted to be a Billionaire.” Like Calloway sung, “I Want To Be Rich, or “I Want To Be A Billionaire,” by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars. “Then I read where Forbes Magazine didn’t want to recognize Kanye as a billionaire, so I added “Like Kanye West,” to celebrate him becoming a billionaire.
THEY LYRICS HAVE A GREAT MESSAGE, WHAT INSPIRED YOUR LYRICS?
“The pandemic hit and then the George Floyd protests,” UNK^6 said. “I felt compelled to say something about the current times in this song. I felt awkward doing a “brag” song without mentioning the protests — I mean I couldn’t have Charli D’amelio saying more about Black Lives than me!”
HOW DID CHANGING THE LYRICS IMPACT THE SONG?
Changing the lyrics to the single slowed down some of the production. Unk^6 said he after he finished it and got it into The Orchard record label system,which includes months of lead time. So at the time Kanye had not yet started to run for president.
West decided to run for President in 2020 and staged his first campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina. Although he did not win the presidency, many people got to see him in a new light.
HOW HAS KANYE WEST REACTED TO THIS SONG?
“Kanye never asked me to do this song,” UNK^6 stated. “So I had to decide if it will impact him, and if it was still viable.” My team decided it is a single that honors his accomplishment and I’m saying “Congratulations for being a billionaire.”
I reached out to his PR people and asked if there was an issue with the record and never heard anything back, so I assumed it was good.
IF HE HEARS IT, WHAT DO YOU WANT HIM TO KNOW?
Firstly, I hope my fans like it. I hope he likes it too obviously. Let him know I wish he and his family well.
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Spotify SONG: Billionaire Like Kanye West