The April issue of Ebony magazine features a cover story on 3 of America’s top black comedians. Comedians Steve Harvey, Mo’nique, and Chris Rock are all on the cover of the magazine.
One interesting part of the Chris Rock interview was his description of how his vocals landed on Kanye West’s song “Blame Game”
Ebony: You had a hysterical part on what was probably the greatest album of last year, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. You had a sort-of-outro, sort-of-skit on “Blame Game” that slays me; it slays everyone. You’ve done a lot of cool things in your career, but “Blame Game” is a good look.
Rock: “Blame Game” is a great look.
Did you make it in Hawaii?
No, we made it in New York. My family was in Africa for a week, and I had nothing to do. I bumped into [Kanye] at Mr. Chow, and he got me hanging out in the studio for a while. It sounds like it’s all me, but it’s him. He recorded me doing five times as much stuff, and he put it together. Then he texts me, “Yo, we got a classic!”
What was the direction from him?
He kept telling me, “It could be iller, it could be iller.” He’s an instigator; he just instigated that performance out of me. That was the highlight of my year. To be in something that cool? It’s the best piece of art of the year. They could play the record in the Museum of Modern Art.