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Fade

Kanye West

Fade Lyrics

[Intro: Rare Earth]
Your love is fadin'
Your love is fadin'
Your love is fadin'
I feel it's fadin'


[Chorus: Ty Dolla $ign & Rare Earth]
When no one ain't around (I feel it's fadin')
I think I think too much (I feel it's fadin')
Ain't nobody watchin' (I feel it's fadin')
I just fade away


[Bridge: Ty Dolla $ign & Rare Earth]
I feel it
Fade away
I feel it
I feel it

Fade away-ay-ay-ay
I think I think too much
I feel it
Your love is fadin'
I feel it


[Verse 1: Kanye West + Rare Earth & Ty Dolla $ign]
Roll up, roll up; hold up, hold up; po' up, po' up
I feel it
I love to... I wanna... I'm tryna...
I feel it
I'ma rock the boat, work the middle 'til it hurt a little
I feel it
Your love is fadin'
I feel it

Fuckin' with a real ass nigga
I feel it
Fuck how you feel ass nigga
I feel it
Bitch better act like you know better
I feel it
Woah


[Chorus: Ty Dolla $ign & Rare Earth]
When no one ain't around (I feel it's fadin')
I think I think too much (I feel it's fadin')
Ain't nobody watchin' (I feel it's fadin')
I just fade away (I feel it's fadin')


[Verse 2: Post Malone & Rare Earth]
You don't even know, I've been so far gone (I feel it)
I've been so led on, I've been runnin' 'round (I feel it)
I've been on my shit, whole world on my dick (I feel it)
I just need to know (I can feel it)


[Bridge: Ms. Barbara Tucker & Rare Earth]
Oh, deep inside
Deep, deep, down inside
I feel it
Yes, deep inside
Deep, deep, down inside
I feel it
Oh, deep inside
Deep, deep, down inside
I feel it
Yes, deep inside
I get lifted, yes
Deep, deep, down inside
I can feel it
Oh, deep inside
Oh, I get lifted, yes
Deep, deep, down inside
I feel it
Yes, deep inside
Oh, I get lifted, yes
Deep, deep, down inside
I feel it
Oh, deep inside
Oh, I get lifted, yes
Deep, deep, down inside
I feel it
Yes, deep inside
Oh, I get lifted, yes
Deep, deep, down inside
I get
I feel it's fadin'
Oh, I get lifted, yes

[Outro: Rare Earth]
I feel it fadin'
I feel it fadin'
I feel it
I feel it's fadin'


[Produced by Kanye West, Anthony Kilhoffer, Mike Dean, Ryan Vojtesak and Charlie Handsome]

About “Fade”

On “Fade,” Kanye calls out to a distant lover, claiming they’re not 100% invested in their relationship. He can feel them slipping away.

“Fade” is built off of four samples: Fingers Inc.’s “Mystery of Love (Club Mix),” Hardrive’s house song, “Deep Inside,” Ms. Barbara Tucker’s vocals from “I Get Lifted,” and Rare Earth’s “(I Know) I’m Losing You.”

Kanye premiered the video for “Fade” at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. It stars Teyana Taylor and was inspired by Flashdance. You can stream it exclusively via TIDAL here.

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    Ty Dolla $ign:

    It was amazing working with ‘Ye. He’s one of the dopest musicians I know and I’ve always been a fan of him, so when we actually got in the studio, it was dope. We came up with that song in five minutes—the lyrics and the idea. He did the beat on the spot, like from scratch. It was really dope. It was just dope seeing it all come together and actually come out, and then to see the video. I just like it when you actually see something start and then finish, you know? Teyana killed it.

  • What has co-producer Charlie Handsome said about the song?

    Che Pope is the big homie, he’d look out for me and play my beats for Ye. I get a phone call from Che one day and he’s like, ‘Yo, your boy Post is here in the studio with Kanye. Where are you at?’ Kanye was working out of Shangri-La, which is Rick Rubin’s studio out in Malibu, super cool spot. I got the invite to come out and work on some stuff. Like I said, I wouldn’t be making beats if it wasn’t for Kanye so when I was outside the studio I was like, ‘Man, I’m about to be starstruck, I’m probably going to be acting weird. I’m meeting my idol, this is crazy.’

    But when I walked in it was like, ‘Oh, he’s just a regular dude.’ I shook his hand and I remember he had a big smile on his face. I noticed that everyone in the room seemed like they were just trying to hang out and be around Ye, so I pretty much immediately said, ‘Hey, I’m here to work, what song ideas do you have? Where can I cook up?’ And he just smiled and told Noah [Goldstein], ‘Man, let’s load him up.’

    Kanye had all these samples he wanted to use for his project. He had the Mr. Fingers sample, the Hardrive sample. He also had a rough mix idea for it with a basic kick snare. Him and Post were writing so I went into the next room and cooked up. I chopped the ‘Deep Inside’ vocal sample slightly different to how I heard it and started experimenting with a whole switch up section because in every song I produce I make sure there’s two different themes or two progressions.

    So I found this really abrasive, high-pitched riser sound and played it over the sample chop. Then I took a bunch of drums from my kit and tried different patterns. I did a synth bass mixed in with 808s. I used what I call the bike chain—it’s literally a mic’d recording of a bicycle chain as it spins and slows down. I recorded that shit a couple years ago. People probably think it’s a hi-hat roll, but it’s not. I actually wrote a really interesting chord progression as well but they didn’t want all the chords, they just wanted the other sounds—the riffs, the drums, the 808s—so I cut it in. Where the beat switches up, my parts come in there.

    It’s kind of a competition when you’re working on Kanye records because he likes to call in a lot of people. I’m working on a song and in the next room you’ve got James Blake or Mike WiLL [Made-It] and I’m thinking, ‘fuck!’ You never really know what Kanye’s going to fuck with until the last minute. I remember when I played my [version of ‘Fade’] in the room, Rick Rubin was like, ‘Yo, this is it.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Shit! If I got the Rick co-sign, I’m definitely on the record.’ And then a couple weeks later Kim Kardashian tweeted something like, ‘all music should sound like this,’ and it was ‘Fade.’

    Juicy J mistook me for a runner. I went outside to take a little break and Juicy was standing there with some of his people. They were like, ‘yo, can you get us some waters and cookies’ or something like that. I’m like, ‘What? Nah, I ain’t doing that shit.’ And he’s like, ‘My man, can you go do this?’ And I’m like, ‘Yo, I don’t fucking work here. I’m here producing. Why do you think I work here?’ And he goes, ‘white dude with a beard and long hair.’ I started looking around and I swear to God everyone who Rick Rubin employs as a runner is a white dude with a beard {laughs}.

    via DJ Booth

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