Vanity Kills

Songfacts®:

  • This sermon on the pitfalls of fame was originally written by Brown and his songwriting partner Dave McCracken for Kanye West's 2008 album, 808's And Heartbreak. Brown explained: "Dave was asked to write a song for Kanye West. Amanda Ghost wrote the melody, Dave wrote the music and they wanted me to write some lyrics. It had to be a sort of autobiographical song for Kanye. So we had a few meetings and Amanda told me about Kanye because she knew him. So she texted him and told him I would do the lyrics and he was delighted." However, the track missed the deadline for inclusion on the album and instead Brown chose to keep it for himself.

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