Kanye West’s Coldest Winter….Sample or Rip-Off?

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Kanye WestColdest Winter

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So by now, you’ve all heard Coldest Winter, by far the best of the leaked tracks off of his upcoming Magnum opus, 808 and Heartbreaks album, which drops in November.

You also, know that Kanye “sampled” Memories Fade by Tears for Fears.

I say, “sampled,” because from the looks of it Kanye took the melody and the hook of the song, while changing some lyrics in the process.

So really people, is this “sampling?” I can see if he took slices of this song and chopped it up and made something completely new, but this just isn’t the case.

Having that said, I do think this track is fire, and Kanye’s version is superior to the Tears for Fears track, even with its differences. Below the surface, however, this song really doesn’t seem as revolutionary as people are making it out to be.

So what do y’all think? Coldest Winter, or Coldest Rip-off??

  • mark

    he “p diddied” it

  • JCon

    …oh. This isn’t the “Love Lockdown” remix???

  • Andrew

    He completely stole this song!

  • http://N/A Daltre

    he paid for it to sampled, or edit it… I think it sounds better, with a tight beat. u guys know it… Ignorance vs a hater! Lol

  • Joshua

    I believe the Tears for Fears version has a lot more talent and soul toward it, but I wouldn’t say Kanye West ripped it off, so much as created a homage.

  • Andy

    HAHA ASSHOLE! NO effort whatsoever.. this is hardcore biting- i wonder if Tears for Fears know about this??