Champion (Kanye West song)

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"Champion"
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"
(1)
"Champion" "Stronger"
(3)

"Champion" is a song by American hip-hop artist Kanye West. It was released as the second song on the track-listing of his third studio album, Graduation. The track was co-produced by West and Brian "All Day" Miller and contains elements of "Kid Charlemagne" by the jazz-rock band Steely Dan. Though not released as a single, "Champion" managed to debut and and peek at ninety-nine and ninety-four on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Pop 100 chart respectively. The official music video for the song was directed by Nabil Elderkin and released on August 12, 2008 on West's blog.

Chart performance[edit]

Despite not being released as a single, "Champion" managed to enter charts. It made both its debut and peak at number ninety-nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[1] The song also managed to debut and peak at number ninety-four on the U.S. Billboard Pop 100 chart for the issue date of September 29, 2007.[2]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video was made for "Champion" and directed by Nabil Elderkin.[3] The Olympic-themed video revolves around a puppet version of Kanye West participating in the 100 m sprint at a sporting event known as 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. It is there that 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 music video was released on August 12, 2008 on West's blog.[4] The video was filmed at Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo, California.

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Graduation liner notes.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 99[1]
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 94[2]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Champion". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2008-03-29. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Pop 100 – Champion". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ Bhansali, Akshay (October 9, 2009). "'Glow In The Dark' Book To Show Kanye West Behind The Scenes". MTV. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ West, Kanye (2008-08-12). "Exclusive Champion Video". Kanye West: Blog (Kanye West/Mascotte Holdings). Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  5. ^ Graduation (Media notes). Kanye West. Roc-A-Fella Records. 2007.