Gossip Files

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"Gossip Files"
Song by Kanye West
from the album Freshmen Adjustment
Released March 21, 2005
Recorded 2003[1]
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:52
Label Def Jam
Songwriter(s) Kanye West
Producer(s) West

"Gossip Files" is a song by American rapper and producer Kanye West from his mixtape, Freshmen Adjustment (2005).[2]


Throughout the track, multiple elements of 1977 Belle Epoque song "Me and You" are sampled.[3]

The song also samples vocals from Ol' Dirty Bastard's 1995 track "Shimmy Shimmy Ya".[4]

Reused lyrics[edit]

The lyrics: "I'm finna get on this TV and put s**t down/I ain't finna let these light skinned ni**as come back in style" from "Gossip Files" were reused as: "I'mma get on this TV, mama/I'mma, I'mma put s**t down" in West's 2004 song "School Spirit".[5] As well as this, the lyrics "‘Cause we the leaders, and they the followers/And we the nut busters, and they the swallowers" were reused in his 2013 song "New Slaves" as: "You see it's leaders and it's followers/But I'd rather be a d**k than a swallower".[6]


  1. ^ "Digging deep: Kanye's sharp edge". Dummy Mag. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Freshmen Adjustment - Kanye West". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Kanye West's 'Gossip Files' sample of Belle Epoque's 'Me and You'". WhoSampled. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kanye West's 'Gossip Files' sample of Ol' Dirty Bastard's 'Shimmy Shimmy Ya'". WhoSampled. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kanye West - Gossip Files Lyrics". Genius Lyrics. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kanye West Recycles Lyrics From Old Material". Noisey. Retrieved September 3, 2018.

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