Champion (Kanye West song)

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Song by Kanye West from the album Graduation
Released September 11, 2007
Recorded 2006
Sony Music Studios
(New York, New York)
The Record Plant
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Hip hop
Length 2:47
Label Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Writer K. West, W. Becker, D. Fagen
Producer Kanye West, Brian Miller
Graduation track listing
"Good Morning"
"Champion" "Stronger"

"Champion" is a song by American rap artist Kanye West. The song is the second track from his third studio album, Graduation, and is based around a sample from "Kid Charlemagne" by Steely Dan.[1] On September 29, 2007, it managed to enter charts despite not being released as a single, debuting a number ninety-four on the Billboard Pop 100.[2] An official music video was produced for the song and released on August 12, 2008 on West's blog.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Champion" was directed by NEON. The Olympic-themed music video revolves around a puppet version of Kanye West participating in the 100 m sprint in the Unified Games. After receiving permission to race thanks to majority vote on a live "K-SPAN" television broadcast, the scene transits to the starting line, where flashbacks display the extensive training the puppet undertook to get where he is. The race commences and nearing the finishing line, the puppet is able to pass the other runners and emerge victorious. The video was filmed at Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo, California.


Information taken from Graduation liner notes.[1]


Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 99[4]
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 94[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Graduation (Media notes). Kanye West. Roc-A-Fella Records. 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Pop 100 – Champion". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ West, Kanye (2008-08-12). "Exclusive Champion Video". Kanye West: Blog (Kanye West/Mascotte Holdings). Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Champion". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2008-03-29. [dead link]