Album: Graduation (2007)
Play Video


  • This song was the second track on Kanye West's third album, Graduation. The beat is based around a sample from Steely Dan's popular song "Kid Charlemagne," which was named as one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.
  • The video for this song features Kanye West as a puppet competing in the 100m sprint in the Olympics. Near the end of the race, West summons extra strength and passes his competitors to win. The clip was shot at Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo, California.
  • This song entered the Billboard Pop 100 at #94 despite the fact that it was never released as a single from Graduation.
  • South African-born Australian singer-songwriter Connie Mitchell of the electronic group Sneaky Sound System delivered the bridge. She featured on four Graduation tracks in total, including two singles, "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and "Flashing Lights."
  • West's cousin, soul singer Tony Williams, recalled on Genius: "I led the writing team for this with Big Sean, who was just starting out at the time, and Connie Mitchell, who sang the 'whoa-oa-oh' part on 'Can't Tell Me Nothing.' We wrote this little chant for 'Champion.' I always have a very eclectic mix of writers, like on 808s and Heartbreak when it was me and Kid Cudi."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke ParksSongwriter Interviews

U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.

Spooner Oldham

Spooner OldhamSongwriter Interviews

His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."

Dwight Twilley

Dwight TwilleySongwriter Interviews

Since his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.

Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"

Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"They're Playing My Song

Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.

Al Jourgensen of Ministry

Al Jourgensen of MinistrySongwriter Interviews

In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.

Psychedelic Lyrics

Psychedelic LyricsMusic Quiz

Whoa man! Do you know which band came up with these cosmic lyrics?