The New Workout Plan
|"The New Workout Plan"|
|Single by Kanye West|
|from the album The College Dropout|
|Released||August 31, 2004|
Sony Music Studios
(New York City)
|Kanye West singles chronology|
"The New Workout Plan" is the final single from Kanye West's debut album, The College Dropout. Released in late 2004, the single peaked at number fifty-nine on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The music video was released in 2004, with cameos from John Legend, Anna Nicole Smith, Fonzworth Bentley, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vida Guerra and GLC. "Work Out" by J. Cole samples the song.
The lyrics of "The New Workout Plan" are voiced from the point of view of various girls reacting to a fictional workout video created by Kanye West. The song includes fictional "testimonials" from women who have successfully undergone the workout plan and have been able to attain a lavish lifestyle thanks to being in shape.
The song was subject to generally favorable reviews from music critics. Derek Xu of Medium looked at it as being "a satirical anthem, just like "We Don't Care"". Tareck Ghoneim of Contactmusic.com had praise for West's performance: "[he shows] excellent wordplay that is original, humorous and the touch of irony makes for very clever use of lyrics". Paul Cantor of Billboard acknowledged that "Some critics argue that "The New Workout Plan" doesn't fit in with the rest of [The College Dropout]", but praised it as what "should be commended as much for its conceptual ingenuity as its arrangement".
A short and long version of the music video for the song were both officially released in 2004. The video sees West smiling throughout and he teaches women how to transform themselves into housewives in it, back when West didn't act so serious in his music videos. Cameo appearances are included from John Legend, Anna Nicole Smith, Fonzworth Bentley, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vida Guerra and GLC.
The track peaked at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on November 9, 2004, which was around two months after its release as a single and it spent a total of twenty-one weeks on the chart.
Forrest Wickman of Slate looked at "Highlights" from West's seventh studio album The Life of Pablo (2016) as ending "with another new workout plan", whilst Austin Isaacsohn of Medium wrote of the album two years after its release "Kanye has taken a beating over the years, man. Listen to "The New Workout Plan" off [The College] Dropout, then listen to "Wolves"." American rapper J Cole sampled "The New Workout Plan" in his 2011 single "Work Out", but despite sampling the original, Cole revealed himself to not be a fan of it.
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||59|
Information taken from The College Dropout liner notes.
- Songwriter: Kanye West
- Record producer: Kanye West
- Recorder: Keith Slattery, Andrew Dawson, Eugene A. Toale
- Mix engineer: Manny Marroquin
- Additional vocals: John Legend, Sumeke Rainey
- Guitar: Eric "E-Bass" Johnson
- Piano: Ervin "EP" Pope
- Violin: Miri Ben-Ari
|"The New Workout Plan (Remix)"|
|Song by Kanye West featuring Fonzworth Bentley, Luke and Twista|
|Released||March 22, 2005|
The official remix for the song was produced by Lil Jon and features a new verse by West and guest appearances from Twista, Luke, and Fonzworth Bentley. The remix was later included on The College Dropout Video Anthology.
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