Homecoming (Kanye West song)

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"Homecoming"
Homecoming cover.jpg
Single by Kanye West featuring Chris Martin
from the album Graduation
B-side "Good Night"[1]
Released February 18, 2008
Format
Recorded 2001–2006
Studio Fever Recording Studios
(North Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Abbey Road Studios
(London, England)
Sony Music Studios
(New York, New York)
The Record Plant
Ocean Way Recording
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:23
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kanye West
  • Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell
Kanye West singles chronology
"Flashing Lights"
(2007)
"Homecoming"
(2008)
"American Boy"
(2008)
"Flashing Lights"
(2007)
"Homecoming"
(2008)
"American Boy"
(2008)
Chris Martin singles chronology
"Homecoming"
(2008) Homecoming2008
Music video
"Homecoming" on YouTube

"Homecoming" is a song by American hip-hop recording artist and record producer Kanye West. It was included as the twelfth song on the track-listing of his third studio album Graduation (2007). The track was produced by West with Warryn Campbell and features a guest appearance from Chris Martin, lead vocalist of the English alternative rock band Coldplay. Chris Martin sings the song's chorus and plays a gospel-tinged piano motif. Kanye West wrote "Homecoming" as a tribute dedicated to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. His conceptual lyricism expresses an extended metaphor in which he personifies Chicago as a childhood sweetheart in order to convey his relationship with the city.

The song is actually a reworking of a track known as "Home (Windy)" that first originated from a demo tape dating back to the year 2001. The recording exhibited West's once trademark soulful vocal sample production style. Additionally, while the lyrical content of the verses largely remain the same, the lyrics of the chorus are different and were originally sung by singer John Legend, who was known at the time as John Stephens. Over the years, "Home (Windy)" circulated under the new title "Home" on West's various mixtape releases as well as the advance copy of his debut studio album, The College Dropout (2004). "Homecoming" was conceived when Kanye West met Chris Martin for the first time by chance at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London, England on February 14, 2006. Afterwards, the two held an impromptu jam session and recorded the track, with Martin requesting that West alter the tone of his approach to the songwriting and production.

Although it was intended to be the lead single of Graduation, the song was released as the fifth and final single from the album. "Homecoming" was released in the United Kingdom as a digital download and was due to be released as a physical single on February 4, 2008.[2] However, the physical single was cancelled due to downloads starting to decline, but was later released on vinyl. The single was met with moderate commercial success in the United States and Canada. It was more successful overseas, peaking in the top twenty on European charts and reaching the top-ten positions in Ireland and the United Kingdom. "Homecoming" has since been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Upon its release, "Homecoming" was met with polarizing reviews from contemporary music critics. Many complimented West's introspective lyricism and storytelling abilities, but others criticized Martin's appearance due to him not being from Chicago. An accompanying music video for the single was directed by Hype Williams and filmed in the city of Chicago. Shot entirely in black-and-white, the video features a montage of Kanye West walking throughout the streets of Chicago and showcases its landmarks, monuments and people. The music video was very well-received and praised for the way in which West's hometown is visually paid homage. It was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

Background and Release[edit]

The song was originally known as "Home" and written as a tribute to West's hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

"Homecoming" was written by American hip-hop recording artist and record producer Kanye West with Chris Martin, lead singer of the English alternative rock band Coldplay.[3] West co-produced the track with record producer Warryn Campbell.[3] Though it was included on his third studio album Graduation (2007), "Homecoming" was an actually a reworking of a track known as "Home (Windy)" that originated from a demo tape dating back to the year 2001.[4] "Home (Windy)" circulated under the new title "Home" on various mixtapes West released over the years, beginning with his 2003 mixtape Get Well Soon...[5][6] "Home" was also available on the advance copy of West's debut album The College Dropout (2004).[7] However, that version of his debut album was never released due to being leaked months before its intended initial release date of August 12, 2003.[8][9][10] West used the opportunity to refine The College Dropout, as the studio album was significantly remixed, remastered, and revised prior to being release don February 10, 2004.[8] In the end, certain tracks originally destined for The College Dropout were subsequently retracted, with "Home" being among them.[7] The collaboration between West and Chris Martin took place when the two teamed up for an impromptu jam session after a chance encounter at Abbey Road Studios in London, England on February 14, 2006.[11] During the reworking, they made alterations to both the song's production and lyrics.[12][13]

Lyrically, "Homecoming" pays tribute to Kanye West's hometown of Chicago, Illinois. The song was written by West as a heartfelt homage dedicated to the city of Chicago.[14] The deeply personal lyrics detail West's relationship with Chicago, expressing a metaphoric narrative that features a feminized personification of his hometown.[15] During the nostalgic number, West rhymes about growing up Chicago, his love for the city, and his guilt over leaving "her" in order to pursue his musical dreams.[16][7] West lyrically references "I Used to Love H.E.R.," a 1994 rap song that was written by his close friend, former GOOD Music label affiliate, and fellow Chicago hip-hop artist Common. The rapper would go on to make cameo appearances in the single's accompanying music video, which was filmed in the city of Chicago.[17] "Homecoming" was later described to be a "very emotional" composition by West during a retrospective interview with Concrete Loop on October 5, 2007. In the interview, Kanye West imparted that "Homecoming" was among his three most favorite songs from Graduation.[18]

West first announced his collaboration with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin during an interview with Billboard on January 19, 2007.[19] He stated that "Homecoming" was likely to be released as the lead single for his third album Graduation (2007).[19] However, the track "Can't Tell Me Nothing" was released as the album's lead single instead, while "Homecoming" was subsequently released as the fifth and final single. "Homecoming" was first heard by music listeners when the digital radio station BBC Radio 1Xtra hosted an exclusive "Audience With Kanye West" venue at the BBC Radio Music Theatre in London on August 13, 2007.[20] West guided a specially selected audience through Graduation, playing the album in its entirety directly from his MacBook Air laptop via a speaker system.[20] The premiere was part of an extensive promotional campaign that West embarked on for his third album during a trip to the United Kingdom.[21] Two weeks later, "Homecoming" was one of the tracks that West played while hosting an album listening session for Graduation in New York City. The late-night album listening session was held at the New World Stages on August 28, 2007.[22] Inside an auditorium, West explained the influences and aspirations that went into the making of his third album.[22] Throughout the night, he played previews of its songs from start-to-finish without interruption, some with video accompaniment to match.[23][24] When an audience member asked Kanye why the production of "Home" had been altered and become "Homecoming," he replied that he believed the original hip-hop beat of "Home" wouldn't rock stadiums, but the song's lyrics were too good to go to waste.[25]

Recording[edit]

The original incarnation of the song featured a different chorus sung by John Legend.

The recording sessions for "Home (Windy)" and "Homecoming" took place over the course of several years at five different recording studios. These studios include the Fever Recording Studios in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, the Abbey Road Studios in London, England, the Sony Music Studios in New York City, and The Record Plant and Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, California.[3] The track was mixed at Chalice Recording Studios in Hollywood, California and Chung King Studios in New York City.[3] The earliest recordings of "Home (Windy)" were made as far back as the year 2001.[4] The track's instrumental brandished the hallmarks of West's once trademark hip-hop production style. It featured a soulful vocal sample from singer Patti Labelle's cover of the 1945 show tune, "You'll Never Walk Alone."[5] Meanwhile, the original lyrics of the song's chorus were sung by singer John Legend, who at the time was a largely unknown artist and went by the name of John Stephens.[5]

Years later, Kanye West and Chris Martin met each other for the very first time by chance on February 14, 2006 at Abbey Road, the iconic recording studios in London, England.[11] West had just finished a show at Abbey Road and Coldplay happened to be recording music in a studio there at the same time.[12] West was at Abbey Road working on the theme song for the soundtrack of the action film Mission: Impossible III while Chris Martin and his band were in the next studio recording a radio gig held at Abbey Road for the national radio station BBC Radio 2.[11] Upon their encounter, West did not mind the interruption by Chris Martin and after the band's show, the two joined in a recording booth for an impromptu jam session.[11] They recorded "Homecoming" in the same room that The Beatles recorded their music, using the very same microphones.[11] Chris Martin reportedly wore exactly the same attire over the course of the several days the track was recorded, which is something of a habit for the musician.[26]

Abbey Road Studios, where Kanye West and Chris Martin first met by chance and one of five studios where the recordings of "Homecoming" took place.

While reworking the composition, West restructured the framework of its lyrical content. He took the original one single verse of "Home" that was thirty-two bars in length and divided the lyrics into two separate sixteen-bar verses, using a verse-chorus format more typically found in hip-hop music. When re-recording his vocals, West rapped his lyrics with a much tighter, more assured flow than that on the original version, demonstrative of his years of experience and increased lyrical dexterity. Although the lyrics of the verses largely remain the same, the chorus of "Homecoming" that Chris Martin sings contains a set of lyrics that are entirely different than that of John Legend's.[6] On the chorus of "Home," John Legend sang about soldiers who did not make it back alive and come home.[27] However, Chris Martin suggested that West make changes to the track's content.[13]

It was Chris Martin who came up with the new song's concept and requested to alter the original production aspect.[12] At the time of the re-recording, West had ready a hip-hop beat intended for what went on to become "Heard 'Em Say," the third single from his sophomore album Late Registration (2005). However, Chris Martin reportedly advocated, "No this track's beat needs to be more like a homecoming or something."[12] Chris Martin felt that that tone of West's conceptual approach to the composition was too somber, and suggested that it be recontextualized with a "happier" concept.[13] As a result, on the chorus of "Homecoming," Chris Martin sings about Kanye West returning to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. In addition, West retracted the looped soulful sample that's repeated throughout "Home" and instead had it replaced with a pompous piano riff, which he dressed over a big, stadium-friendly drums.[28][7]

Composition[edit]

"Homecoming" is a mid-tempo hip hop song that lasts for a duration of three minutes and twenty-six seconds. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by EMI Music Publishing, it is written in the time signature of common time, with a moderate tempo of 88 beats per minute.[29] "Homecoming" is composed in the key of E minor, while Chris Martin's vocal range spans from the low-note of D4 to the high-note of E5.[29] The song follows a basic sequence of Em–D/F♯–Em/G–G–Am7–D/C–Cmaj7–Bm7 as its chord progression.[29] Opening with a hammering chord, the song begins at a medium tempo with West shouting, "Yeah! And you say Chi city! Chi city! Chi city!" over a gospel-inflected piano motif."[29][30][28] The uplifting piano riff, along with variations of it, runs throughout the entire composition as the main accompaniment, with momentary rests at certain intervals to highlight West's lyricism and to indicate shifts in the track.[28] Within two verses, Kanye West delivers his evocative rapping atop heavy yet buoyant, percussion-backed drums.[6][3] Meanwhile, Chris Martin sings the song's chorus and supplies the jaunty piano playing.[30] Martin does his smooth, laid-back crooning over a bouncy groove that is built around the track's galloping piano keys, plodding drumbeat and lumbering bassline.[31][32] At its close, Martin sings the song's outro as if he were of a reggae singer. His use of the "e-yo-oh-oh" vocals is reminiscent to that of famed Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley.[33] All throughout the track, the chatter of a noisy, cheering crowd can inexplicably be heard lurking in the background.[33]

The composition pays lyrical homage to Kanye West's hometown of Chicago, Illinois.[14] "Homecoming" is where West finds himself rapping about growing up in Chicago from the perspective of a local youth returning to his old neighborhood, recalling memories of old friends and a past love interest.[16] Throughout the narrative track, West employs an extended metaphor in which he personifies the city as a childhood sweetheart named Wendy.[5] He rhymes about his love for Chicago and his guilt over leaving "her" to pursue his musical dreams.[7] West tells the story of how the childhood sweetheart slipped through his fingers with vivid lines.[34] His emotive lyricism captures his bittersweet relationship with the place that made him which he once called home.[5][15] Both the song's opening and closing lines lyrically reference "I Used to Love H.E.R.," a similar metaphoric rap song written by West's close friend, label affiliate, and fellow Chicago hip-hop artist Common.[17] Dressed in a Chris Martin chorus, the jubilant ode to his Chicago upbringing is but one of many touching callbacks to the footsteps that once propelled him forward as a hip-hop artist found throughout his introspective third album Graduation.[35][36]

Critical reception[edit]

Following its release, "Homecoming" received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. Nick Levine from Digital Spy describes the track as an "impressive slow jam" and refers to Chris Martin as "the Sting of our times."[28] Giving the single four out of five stars, Levine noted, "This could quite easily have become a crass exercise in mutual back-slapping, but, thankfully, Martin seems to have brought out West's inner softie, making 'Homecoming' the bragging rapper's most affecting moment to date."[37] Pitchfork Media's Mark Pytlik wrote that the song feels like it hits all the right notes.[38] After his admittance that "Homecoming" exceeded his expectations, Jackie Im of Treblezine called track's hook incredibly catchy and summarizes the composition as a "nice little pop song that leads into Kanye’s most earnest moment." He also compared Chris Martin's piano playing to that of English singer, pianist and composer Elton John.[39] Similar sentiments were expressed by Jon Caramanica from The New York Times, who thought the piano jam recalls that of early Billy Joel.[40] Writing for NME, Louis Pattison reported "Homecoming" as being a "solid" track while NOW Magazine editor Jason Richards labeled it as the highlight of Graduation.[34][41] While he upholds the belief that Graduation contains "a couple of real clunkers," Kyle Ryan of The A.V. Club wrote that with songs like "Homecoming," the album also has "its usual share of West gold."[42] Slant Magazine quipped that in contrast to Jay-Z's earlier collaboration with Chris Martin on "Beach Chair" from his comeback album Kingdom Come, West's track "just might make Coldplay acceptable for the cool kids again."[31] Ann Powers, writer for Los Angeles Times, also held the belief that Kanye bests Jay-Z's use of Martin's vocal abilities.[43] Sharing a similar sentiment, Paste reviewer Ross Bonaime wrote that when comparing the songs, West uses Martin in a much more successful manner and regards the combination of the two recording artists as "undeniably pretty great."[17]

Several music critics were divided in regards to Chris Martin's guest appearance.

On the other hand, several music journalists questioned the authenticity of "Homecoming" due to the fact that Chris Martin doesn't hail from the city of Chicago. Calling the song an "interestingly flawed venture," Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian chided, "If you're rapping about growing up in Chicago, don't duet with a singer from Devon. Emote though he may, Chris Martin can't convince anyone that he is moved by the memory of 'fireworks over Lake Michigan.'"[16] Nathan Rabin from The A.V. Club views the collaboration as a demonstration of how West's a broad musical palette can occasionally get him into trouble, saying that Chris Martin doesn't embody the rich musical heritage of Chicago.[44] exclaim's Del Cowie remarked that due in part to Martin's guest appearance, "Homecoming" doesn't evoke the emotional connection that a hometown ode should elicit.[45] Labeling the track as one of the album's transgressions, Noah Love of ChartAttack stated that he could have done without Chris Martin crooning over the record and believed West was still finding his lane as a lyricist.[46] Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot was dismissive of the song's instrumentation, saying, "Chris Martin coos over a cornball piano riff." He denounces that "Homecoming" falls flat and adds up to being the album's biggest misstep.[47]

Accolades[edit]

Despite divided opinions regarding Chris Martin, "Homecoming" has managed to appear on several lists of Kanye West's best songs. Paste magazine ranks "Homecoming" as West's fifty-first best album track.[17] Complex lists both the original John Legend version and the Chris Martin version of "Home"/"Homecoming" at thirty-eight among West's one-hundred best songs.[5] "Homecoming" was also declared the fiftieth greatest Chicago rap song by Complex.[48] To honor his thirty-ninth birthday, The Jamaica Observer composed a list of the top ten best songs Kanye West has ever made, in which "Homecoming" was included.[49] Highsnobiety cites "Homecoming" as the fortieth best Kanye West song, referring to it as a "classic Kanye cut."[50] For their list of Kanye West's 10 Most Stripped-Down, Minimal Songs, head writer Jordan Darville of ChartAttack placed "Homecoming" at number four. In regards to the track's inward lyricism, he wrote, "The synth-rap epics on Graduation are on a race to outdo each other, which make its introspective moments that much more deeply felt."[36] Billboard cites "Homecoming" as among West's ten most romantic songs and stated that it is one of the most loving hometown tributes that rap music has to offer.[51] CraveOnline ranked "Homecoming" at the very top of their list of Kanye West's fifteen best songs. When summarizing the composition, it stated, "Even though this storytelling track is very personal, and therefore not directly relatable, Kanye reaches it’s high point topically and instrumentally, proving his expertise as both a producer and a rapper. Coldplay’s singer Chris Martin features on the chorus, but the main star of this track is the piano instrumental ... The love ode to Chicago turns out to be familiar to everyone, regardless of their location, class, gender or whether they've left their first home."[52]

Chart performance[edit]

"Homecoming" charted high in Europe, becoming West's eighth top-ten single in the United Kingdom.[53]

In the United States, "Homecoming" made its first chart appearance on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on May 22, 2008 at number sixty-eight.[54] It eventually peaked at number fifty-three on the chart for the issue dated June 14, 2008. The single made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number ninety-six, for the issue dated June 7, 2008.[55][56] That very same week, "Homecoming" also entered at number nineteen on the Hot Rap Songs chart.[57] The next week, "Homecoming" climbed thirteen places to number eighty-three on the Hot 100 chart.[58] For its third week on the Billboard Hot 100, "Homecoming" moved up twelve spaces to number seventy-one.[59] In the end, the song reached its peak position at number sixty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 for the issue dated June 28, 2008.[60][61] Weeks later, for the issue dated July 12, 2008, "Homecoming" ascended to its peak position at number fifteen on the Hot Rap Songs chart.[62] On April 1, 2015, "Homecoming" was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of one million paid digital downloads.[63]

In Canada, "Homecoming" debuted at number eighty-nine on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, where it reached number seventy-nine.[64] The single performed well overseas and was commercially success throughout much of Europe. It reached the top twenty in several countries, with its highest positions being in Ireland and the United Kingdom. "Homecoming" entered at number nineteen on Irish Singles Chart, being the highest debut for the week ending January 10, 2008.[65] Two weeks later, the single ascended to its peak position at number five on the chart.[66] "Homecoming" debuted at number seventy-seven on the UK Singles Chart for the issue date September 29, 2007 on download sales alone before relapsing.[67] The song re-entered the chart at number sixty-nine for the issue dated December 30, 2007.[68] It reached its peak position at number nine on the UK Singles Chart on January 20, 2008.[69] According to the Official Charts Company, "Homecoming" has since sold 15,000 copies, being certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[70]

"Homecoming" was also a moderate success in Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand, "Homecoming" made its debut at number thirty-eight on the New Zealand Singles Chart, and over the course of six weeks eventually rose to its peak position at number twenty-two.[71] The song entered at number forty-seven on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, peaking at number thirty-two a week later.[72] "Homecoming" was certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for the shipment of 35,000 copies.[73]

Music video[edit]

Background[edit]

The accompanying music video for "Homecoming" was directed by Hype Williams and filmed on location in the city of Chicago on November 6, 2007.[74] It was the latest in a long history of collaborations between Williams and West, as the two had previously worked together in the past on several music videos, including for that of "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and "Stronger," the lead singles of West's third studio album, Graduation (2007). The music video was filmed entirely in black-and-white, with Williams taking a simplistic approach for the visuals. For the video, West dressed in a designer classic-fit Stüssy flannel madras plaid shirt beneath a sleeveless jacket and wore a keffiyeh as a scarf around his neck.[75][76] Prior to its premiere, West posted up screenshots taken from the video as previews on his official blog on March 6, 2008.[77] Exclusive behind-the-scenes images taken from the "Homecoming" video shoot later made available.[75] Additionally, behind-the-scenes footage of the filming of the music video was later released by Channel ZeroTV. The footage reveal that several of West's friends and affiliates were present for the video shoot, including rappers Bump J of Major Figgas and Wildstyle of Crucial Conflict as well as GOOD Music recording artist Malik Yusef. The video shoot also featured appearances from Don Crowley, Virgil Abloh, Ibn Jasper, music video director Morocco Vaughn and students of Orr Academy High School.[78] Kanye West premiered the music video for "Homecoming" through his official Vimeo account and blog on April 1, 2008.[79][80]

Synopsis and reception[edit]

A screenshot of Kanye West standing in front of the iconic Cloud Gate (The Bean) sculpture at Millennium Park in the black-and-white video.

The black-and-white music video features a montage of Kanye West walking throughout many different areas of Chicago, with slow-motion shots and angles highlighting the city's streets, buildings, monuments and people.[74] Among the several various locations and landmarks that he visits and are shown include the Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park, DuSable Museum of African American History, Tribune Tower, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Sears Tower, and the Cabrini–Green and Harold L. Ickes housing projects.[5] Some of West's old friends, early supporters of his music, and local hip-hop acts such as L.E.P. Bogus Boys can be seen following him around the city.[5][74] Most notably, his friend, label affiliate and fellow Chicago rapper Common, who is referenced during the song, makes two cameo appearances.[17] Throughout the video, these scenes are interspersed with animated silhouette outlines and shots of West rapping the song's verses while surrounded by reflective mirrors on top of a moving vehicle and Chris Martin singing the chorus while playing an upright piano.[74][77]

The music video was generally very well received by fans and media outlets. VH1 ranked the video for "Homecoming" as the fifth greatest music video filmed in an artist's hometown, writing, "Chi-town shinned under the spotlight in Yeezus' video 'Homecoming.' The edgy shots of Chicago were on point and Coldplay's Chris Martin was the perfect touch."[81] On their list of Kanye West's forty-two best music videos, Complex placed the "Homecoming" video at number twenty-seven.[74] The music video for "Homecoming" was listed at number eighty-four on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2008 countdown.[82] It received a nomination for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.[83]

Live performances[edit]

West included "Homecoming" as one of the closing performances of the setlist on his Glow in the Dark Tour, which began on April 16, 2008 at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.[84] The composition is but one of the many, various songs taken from West's first three studio albums that West utilises for his conceptual concert.[85] They serve to form a space opera storyline that tells the tale of how a stranded space traveler struggles for over a year making attempts to escape from a distant planet while on a mission to bring creativity back to Earth.[84] In the narrative, West performs "Homecoming" towards the end when he finally manages to return home to the planet of Earth. Near the end of the tour's North American leg, with singers and a percussionist/DJ behind him, West performed "Homecoming" during the final night of Lollapalooza 2008 in August in his hometown of Chicago, where he co-headlined the festival with Nine Inch Nails.[86] "Homecoming" was among a list of songs that West performed during a 90-minute set when he headlined the annual dance music festival Global Gathering on July 25, 2008, becoming the very first hip-hop artist to do so.[87][88] He was accompanied by backup singers, a disc jockey and three pairs of drums while the concert featured a liberal use of lighting and smoke effects.[89]

Kanye provided a live rendition of "Homecoming" during his appearance on VH1 Storytellers on February 28, 2009.[90] The performance wasn't included in the original broadcast but was later featured on the bonus DVD of the live album release.[91] West performed "Homecoming" before an audience of 3,000 students during his annual free Stay In School benefit concert at the Chicago Theatre on July 11, 2009.[92][93] The concert was held in an effort to raise awareness of West's charity foundation, and he later partnered with Fuse to broadcast the live performance on television on July 25, 2009.[94] On December 31, 2010, Kanye made a surprise appearance and joined Chris Martin and rapper Jay-Z for a performance of "Homecoming" at the Marquee Nightclub during the grand opening of the luxury resort casino and hotel Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Jay-Z co-headlined the New Year's Eve celebration with Chris Martin and it was the very first time that West and Martin performed the song together.[95][96]

Cover versions[edit]

"Homecoming" has been covered and remixed by other hip-hop artists. The Kickdrums created a mashup of "Homecoming" and the song "Ain't No Love (Heart of the City)" by rapper Jay-Z. Entitled "No Love Coming Home," the track interpolates the sung chorus of "Homecoming" and combines it with verse-raps of "Ain't No Love (Heart of the City)." It was included on Viva La Hova, a collaborative mixtape hosted by Mick Boogie and Terry Urban composed entirely of mashups of Jay-Z and Coldplay songs that was approved by both the rapper as well as the rock band.[97] A remix for "Homecoming" was produced by DiscoTech for inclusion on Sky High, a remix mixtape that was mixed and compiled by DJ Benzi and Plain Pat.[98] The mixtape features remixes by various DJs and record producers of songs taken from West's first three studio albums. It was made in anticipation of the release of his fourth studio album 808s & Heartbreak.[98] The remix project was commissioned by Kanye West himself the year prior. He handed over a cappellas and other session tapes to DJ Benzi, who then spent his time trying to match different and DJs and producers to certain tracks.[98] Like every of the other tracks, "Homecoming" (DiscoTech Remix) had at least five revisions recorded before being completely finished. The song's instrumental was given a new club-friendly dance theme.[98]

Rockabye Baby! featured an interpretation of "Homecoming" as the closing track of their tribute album, Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Kanye West. Intended for infants, the gentle cover is a wordless lullaby instrumental, substituting piano chords and drums in favor of xylophones and bells.[99] Producer Carlos Serrano created a mashup of "Homecoming" and "Born to Die" by the baroque pop singer-songwriter Lana De Ray. Entitled "Coming to Die," the song has a sultry yet cinematic atmosphere conceived from layering the vocal track of West's emotive rapping and Chris Martin's lush singing over the sentimental "Born to Die" instrumental.[100] The Florida production duo Urban Noize dedicated to Kanye a remix EP entitled Mr. West that features eight remixes of his songs. A remix of "Homecoming" was among them, and the sonic textures of the track's instrumentation is tailored with a laid-back jazz vibe.[101]

Track listing[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Graduation liner notes.[3]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom February 18, 2008 (2008-02-18) Digital download Virgin EMI Records [37]
United States May 13, 2008 (2008-05-13)
Australia June 16, 2008 (2008-06-16) Roc-A-Fella Records [129]
Australia May 16, 2008 (2008-05-16) CD single [130]
Europe May 16, 2008 (2008-05-16) CD single
United Kingdom May 19, 2008 (2008-05-19) 12-inch single Mercury Records

See also[edit]

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