Hip-hop heads, did you know that “All of the Lights,” the fourth single off Kanye West’s album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, featured 14 other artists?
The star-studded collaboration track, arguably the centrepiece off Kanye’s 2010 masterpiece, had vocals contributed by: Rihanna, Alicia Keys, John Legend, The-Dream, Drake, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Elton John, Ryan Leslie, Charlie Wilson, Tony Williams, Elly Jackson, Alvin Fields, Ken Lewis.
According to an interview with MTV News, Elly Jackson of La Roux explained the recording process:
“He got me to layer up all these vocals with other people, and he just basically wanted to use his favorite vocalists from around the world to create this really unique vocal texture on his record, but it’s not the kind of thing where you can pick it out,” she said. “I don’t have a verse or anything. I can’t actually hear my voice on it, but apparently it’s there!”
Source: RapFix Live – Kanye’s ‘All Of The Lights’: A Vocal Breakdown