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Who does Kanye West sample in Life Of The Party?

Bruno Cooke September 6, 2021
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In the wake of Drake’s leak of Kanye West’s unreleased “diss track” Life Of The Party, featuring Andre 3000 and – at least for now available to stream on YouTube and via Unreleased Music on Spotify – fan speculation about the samples that appear on the track, as well as some of the lyrics, has erupted. Where are they from, and who is Monica Corgan?

What does Kanye West’s Life Of The Party sample?

Answering a query posted to Reddit two days ago, one user wrote that the main melodic sample in West’s Life Of The Party, most clearly audible near the beginning of the track, is I Was The Life Of The Party, by The Dramatics.

Another user claims that the intro is the work of multi-instrumentalist and music producer Madlib, aka Otis Jackson Jr.

Kanye also samples a video of late rapper and actor DMX, aka Earl Simmons. DMX died in April this year, of multiple organ failure, following a cocaine-induced heart attack.

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His funeral took place in Brooklyn on 25 April. Kanye West was in attendance. 

The video in question shows DMX and his daughter on an amusement park ride called The Slingshot. During the course of the video, DMX comforts and reassures his daughter, repeating the line “Daddy’s right here, Daddy’s right here”.

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The sample’s placement has moved some of Kanye’s listeners.

Who is Monica Corgan?

In his verse, Kanye mentions someone called Monica Corgan – “who was there for me // Somebody really there for me was rare for me // That was new air to breathe”.

Born 1998, Corgan is an Instagram model – she currently has 124K followers on the platform. She is also an OnlyFans content creator. 

On 10 August, Corgan uploaded three photos of herself wearing Donda merchandise to her Instagram account.

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Is Kanye’s Life Of The Party available to stream online?

Kanye’s collaboration with Andre 3000 does not feature on the original album release of Donda. 

In a statement following Drake’s leakage of the track via a SiriusXM broadcast, Andre wrote that he didn’t know, when he penned and recorded his verse, that Kanye’s intention was to make a “clean album” – i.e., without profanity.

But for Drake to have obtained a studio-quality version of the track suggests that it will, at some point, get an official release.

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“It’s unfortunate that it was released in this way and two artists that I love are going back and forth”, Andre continued. “I wanted to be on Certified Lover Boy too.”

Life Of The Party is available to stream via Unreleased Music on Spotify and, at least for now, on YouTube.

But, given Andre 3000’s comments about it not having a “diss verse” on it when he received it, it is possible that the official release of Kanye West’s Life Of The Party will have different lyrics to the version that is currently available – although the Dramatics and DMX samples will likely stay the same.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or