Brenda Lee Responds to Rap Star Kanye West

Rapper samples the country legend’s hit “Sweet Nothin’s” on new album.

Brenda by Donn Jones/CMHOF; Kanye by Dana Edelson/NBC

When rap superstar Kanye West released his latest album, Yeezus, last month, it contained a sliver of country music history: a sample of Brenda Lee’s 1959 hit “Sweet Nothin’s” in the track “Bound 2.” Specifically, Kanye used Brenda coyly saying, uh huh, honey from the intro to “Sweet Nothin’s.”

In a recent interview with CMT, for its CMT Hot 20 Countdown show, Brenda Lee responded to the controversial rapper, who infamously rushed the stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. 

“It’s kind of like a rapping thing with a ’60s vibe a little bit—that was probably one of the cleaner parts,” Brenda said of hearing the profanity-rich “Bound 2.” 

Still, the Country Music Hall of Famer was impressed by Kanye’s use of “Sweet Nothin’s.” “That song is over 50 years old, so who would have thought that they’d even know that song, or probably even me?” she said. “I’m proud that he liked the song and thought enough of it to incorporate it.”

For the full interview, be sure to catch CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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