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"Touch the Sky" is a song by American hip hop artist Kanye West, from his second studio album, Late Registration (2005). The song features Lupe Fiasco on his career debut. It was produced by Just Blaze, standing as the album's only track to not included production from West. On February 14, 2006, Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam serviced the song to US mainstream radio stations as the album's fourth single. The next month, it was released in various countries as a digital download by the labels and as a CD single through Universal respectively.

"Touch the Sky"
Kanyewest touchthesky.jpg
Single by Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco
from the album Late Registration
ReleasedFebruary 14, 2006
Format
Recorded2005
The Record Plant
(Hollywood, California)
Chalice Recording Studios
(Hollywood, CA)
GenreHip hop
Length3:57 (album version)
3:56 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Just Blaze
Kanye West singles chronology
"Heard 'Em Say"
(2005)
"Touch the Sky"
(2006)
"Impossible"
(2006)
Lupe Fiasco singles chronology
"Touch the Sky"
(2006)
"Kick Push"
(2006)
Music video
"Touch the Sky" on YouTube

"Touch the Sky" is a hip hop track that includes a slowed sample from the Curtis Mayfield song "Move On Up". After Just Blaze played West multiple beats, it was the one that he felt most passionate about. The song's lyrics center around West encouraging others to have as much confidence in themselves as he does. It was met with universal acclaim from music critics, with Lupe Fiasco's appearance gathering praise. The accompanying music video was released in February 2006 and directed by Chris Milk. Within it, West portrays the daredevil Evel Kanyevel in homage to Evel Knievel's unsuccessful jump across the Snake River Canyon. Evel Knievel sued West over the video in December 2006, though the two ultimately settled the lawsuit in November 2007. The visual received generally positive reviews from critics.

"Touch the Sky" reached the top ten of charts in Australia, Scotland and the United Kingdom in 2006. That same year, the song also attained top 20 positions in Finland, Ireland and New Zealand. It has since been certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United Kingdom and United States respectively. In Australia, the song was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). West performed it live at the Coachella and Glastonbury festivals in 2011 and 2015 respectively. A cover version was played by The Soul Rebels.

Contents

Background and developmentEdit

During a July 2014 interview with DJ Skee for SKEE TV, American rapper Lupe Fiasco revealed that him and West didn't meet through Chicago connections even though they both came from the city as West "was always in a different world."[1] Initially, Lupe Fiasco didn't want to feature on "Touch the Sky", with him not "feeling the vibe" of the song at the time.[2] After being persuaded by his partner telling him "Nah, you gotta trust me. You gotta do this," Lupe Fiasco ultimately agreed on the collaboration and stated of working with West that "from there on we kind of clicked up and kept it moving up until this day."[1] The feature stands as Lupe Fiasco's career debut.[2] American hip hop producer Just Blaze was asked to produce for West during a phone call with Roc-A-Fella Records, with the call leading to him being signed to the label and Just Blaze recalled "a lot of great music" being made.[3] Throughout West's production career, comparisons have been made between him and Just Blaze.[4]

West first used a speed alteration method of sampling on his debut single "Through the Wire" (2003) and this sampling method remained present in West's music throughout his career.[5] Just Blaze had been listening to American singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield at the time of sampling his work.[6] The song was one of the tracks that helped West achieve mainstream success in the United States.[7] When guest-hosting the radio station Beats 1 in December 2015, Just Blaze shared a number of previously unheard records from Roc-A-Fella musicians.[8] An alternative take on "Touch the Sky" with American singer Robert Glasper featured was among the records played by him.[8]

Composition and recordingEdit

 
Just Blaze (pictured) produced the song.

Musically, "Touch the Sky" is a hip hop song.[9] A slowed sample is included of Mayfield's 1971 recording "Move On Up" within the song, alongside Latin horns.[5][10][11] Just Blaze tried the sample after nothing was really clicking in the studio and it was the beat that West felt passionate about when he played West multiple beats.[6] Lyrically, the song sees West give encouragement and inspiration to people for them to have a high level of self-confidence like him.[12] A brief history of bright clothes in New York rap is provided by West, dating back to when he first signed to Roc-A-Fella years before the song's release.[13] West insists with certain lyrics that even though he tried to right his wrongs, they helped him with songwriting.[11] Lupe Fiasco performs the third verse, in which he uses a number of double entendres and metaphors.[14] Just Blaze handled the song's production, making it the only track on Late Registration to not be produced by West and also the only track from the album that he worked on.[10] When asked on Twitter about the story behind "Touch the Sky" in May 2016, Just Blaze revealed that he completed the production 20 minutes before West arrived at Baseline Studios.[15]

Release and receptionEdit

"Touch the Sky" was released on August 30, 2005, as the third track on West's second studio album Late Registration.[16] On January 1, 2006, a digital EP was released in the United Kingdom for the song through Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam, which contains three tracks.[17] The song was later sent to mainstream radio stations in the United States by the labels on February 2 as the album's fourth single.[18] On March 7, it was released for digital download in numerous countries through Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam, with a radio edit and the instrumental included.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25] Three days later, a CD single was released by Universal for the song that consisted of three tracks.[26]

The track received universal acclaim from music critics, who generally praised Lupe Fiasco's feature. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian pointed out the track as where West "wittily acknowledges the familiarity of the 'Move on Up' sample by humming distractedly along."[27] Sean Fennessey of Pitchfork called Lupe Fiasco an "impressive newcomer" and described Just Blaze's production on the track as "life-affirming."[28] The lyrics "I'm trying to right my wrongs/ But it's funny, the same wrongs help me write the songs" were branded by Chris DeVille of Stereogum as "one of a handful of lines that could work as a thesis statement for Kanye West's career."[29] DeVille elaborated: "He's as inflammatory and conflicted as ever here, and it lends Late Registration the same feeling of rawness and spontaneity that inspired Kanye's comment about George Bush."[29] Zachary Kribbet and Alma College of Odyssey wrote that "Touch the Sky" is "an energetic track that can't help but put a smile on your face when you hear the hook," and wrote that West "leaves on a positive note by letting the listener know that they'll touch the sky one day as well."[30] Kribbet and College also pointed out the instrumental and Lupe Fiasco's verse in praise.[30] Keertana Sastry of Bustle ranked the track as the fourth best from the album and wrote of it: "Now this is the kind of monster hit track that I can get behind, and the track also gave us the genius that is Lupe Fiasco."[31] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly called the track where West "throws his diploma-free success in our faces, marveling at his good fortune" and claimed for it to be "powered by" the sample of "Move on Up", while also writing of West's performance that he "can still be funny, as when he sings a snippet of 'Leaving on a Jet Plane'."[32] In reference to the track's position on Late Registration, Spence D. of IGN claimed: "The groove gets a slight bump, thanks to horns and a more energetic stance from West on 'Touch The Sky.'"[33] He described Lupe Fiasco as "who offers up call-and-response chanting in an echo chamber manner before he drops a buttery verse toward the end of the track."[33]

AccoladesEdit

Live About ranked the song at number 18 on their top 50 list of the best hip hop songs in 2005.[34] On Pitchfork's list of the 200 best songs from the 2000s, "Touch the Sky" was listed at number 157 and the staff described the song as "Kanye at his humblest: Detailing his struggles and failures before exploding into that glorious chorus, outsourcing the beat to fellow Roc-A-Fella house producer Just Blaze because nobody could've flipped that Curtis Mayfield sample harder."[35] NME placed it at number 18 on their list of West's 25 best songs, with Larry Bartleet calling the sample "the beaming basis for this tune."[36] Lupe Fiasco's verse was ranked at number 50 on a list published by Complex of the 50 best guest verses of all time.[14]

Music videoEdit

Background and synopsisEdit

Prior to directing the accompanying music video for "Touch the Sky", Chris Milk had directed for West in 2004 on the video for his single "All Falls Down".[37] American rock band Fall Out Boy were originally supposed to star in it as reporters, though the band didn't appear due to being in Europe at the time of filming.[38] The production cost for the video was approximately $1 million, which is the 25th most expensive music video of all time.[39] The visual was debuted on MTV in February 2006, and filmed as a '70s style short movie about daredevil Evel Kanyevel, played by West, and his failed attempt to fly a rocket across a gorge.[40] It was done in homage to Evel Knievel's unsuccessful jump across the Snake River Canyon in 1974 and West uses the music video to make fun of his huge ego.[40][41] West also pokes fun at his anti-Bush outburst from 2005 and the possibility of his career arc ending with a crash-and-burn.[41] The video features a cameo from Canadian-American actress Pamela Anderson, who opposes the daredevil character that West portrays.[42] American actresses Nia Long and Tracee Ellis Ross also make appearances in it.[43]

LawsuitEdit

In December 2006, Evel Knievel filed a lawsuit against West in the U.S. District Court of Tampa, Florida for trademark infringement.[40] Specifically, Evel Knievel's lawsuit cites the red, white and blue costume worn by West in the music video as being a copy of the jumpsuit that the stuntman wore on a September 1974 Sports Illustrated cover when preparing for his Snake River Canyon jump.[40] Evel Knievel also took issue with the persona put on by West.[44] West's attorneys argued that the music video amounted to satire and therefore was covered under the First Amendment.[44] Just days before his death in November 2007, Evel Knievel amicably settled the suit after being paid a visit from West, saying, "I thought he was a wonderful guy and quite a gentleman," and stated that him and West "settled the lawsuit amicably."[44] However, the two of them made an agreement to not public discuss the terms of their dispute.[44]

ReceptionEdit

The music video for "Touch the Sky" was generally well received by critics. Syndey Scott of Essence pointed out the cameos as what "definitely made for an interesting video."[43] West reacted negatively to the video not receiving any nominations at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, saying during an interview in August of that year with The Associated Press that "It didn't get any nominations, but it's one of the most memorable videos of the year for me."[45] However, at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, the music video was nominated for Best Video.[46] In response to it ultimately not winning the award, West stated that he should have won because the visual "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons."[45] He also claimed that: "If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility."[45] The video earned a nomination for Best International Video - Artist at the 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards.[47] It was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Styling at the 2007 Music Video Production Awards.[48] At the same ceremony, the music video was awarded Best Hip-Hop Video.[49]

Commercial performanceEdit

North AmericaEdit

Though not released as a single initially, "Touch the Sky" reached number 72 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the issue dated November 5, 2005.[50] Following on from its release as a single, the song entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 90 for the issue date of February 25, 2006.[51] On March 4, it climbed 20 places to number 70 on the chart.[52] The song experienced a similar jump the next week, rising 18 places to number 52.[53] The song then entered the top 50 of the Hot 100 on March 18 at number 47.[54] The next week, it peaked at number 42 on the chart, attaining similar performance to West's single "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" that reached number 43 on the Hot 100 in 2005.[55][56] "Touch the Sky" remained on the chart for a total of nine weeks.[55] On the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the song reached its peak of number 23 on March 11.[57] It peaked at number 41 on the US Billboard Pop 100.[58] On March 31, 2014, the song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of 500,000 units in the United States.[59] Though West's previous Late Registration singles "Gold Digger", "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" and "Heard 'Em Say" attained top 20 positions in Canada, the song failed to mirror the success of them, as it never entered the Canadian Hot 100.[60]

Europe and OceaniaEdit

The song performed best in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart, giving West his fifth top ten single in the country.[61] It remained on the chart for a total of 15 weeks.[61] On the year-end list of the best selling tracks in the UK for 2006, the song ranked at number 93.[62] It was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of 400,000 units on April 27, 2018.[63] In Scotland, the song performed similarly, reaching number 7 on the Scottish Singles Chart.[64] It peaked at number 14 on the Irish Singles Chart, giving West his fourth top 20 single on the chart.[65] The song was also a top 20 hit in Finland, charting at number 15 on the Finish Singles Chart.[66] "Touch the Sky" experienced a lesser degree of commercial success in Russia, reaching number 62 on the Tophit chart.[67] The song performed worst on the German Singles Chart, peaking at number 97 on it.[68]

"Touch the Sky" was successful in Australia, peaking at number ten on the ARIA Singles Chart and spending a total of two weeks on the chart.[69] It stood as West's second top ten single in the country, following on from "Gold Digger" reaching number one in 2005.[69] In 2015, the song was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for exceeding 70,000 shipped copies.[70] This made it one of West's three singles to achieve the certification that year in Australia, with the other two being "Heartless" and "Runaway".[70] On the NZ Singles Chart, the song reached number 16 and stayed on the chart for seven weeks.[71] West had previously reached the same position in 2003 with "Through the Wire", which also remained on the NZ Singles Chart for seven weeks.[71]

Live performancesEdit

 
West performed the song live during the Touch the Sky Tour in 2005.

West transitioned from a melody of "Gold Digger" into a performance of the song on the season 31 premiere of Saturday Night Live.[72] On October 11, 2005, West performed it live as the opener to the kickoff show of the Touch the Sky Tour at the University of Miami's Convocation Center.[73] During the performance, West wore a light-colored shirt and pants, a suit jacket and sunglasses with white frames.[73] West requested the crowd to shout lyrics of the song and they followed through with his request.[73] During the same tour, it was performed by West at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on November 9, opening his concert again.[74] A performance of the song was delivered at Abbey Road Studios by West for his 2006 live album Late Orchestration.[75] West performed a medley of "Touch the Sky", "Stronger", "Good Life" and other singles at the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States on January 20, 2009.[76] While performing, West told the crowd: "Let's make some noise for our new president, Obama. It feels so good to be standing here. My mama would be so proud to see her baby boy performing the #1 song in the country for our new African-American president."[76] In February 2009, West delivered a rendition of the track for his 2010 live album VH1 Storytellers.[77] The performance began in a musically stripped down style, with only the bass and drums being present alongside West's vocals.[77] When the track reached its climax, West revealed his "greatest pain in life."[77] Towards the end of his performance, West showed self-awareness by admitting to having been "an asshole for so long."[77]

On June 7, 2010, West performed the track live at Chicago's Farragut Career Academy during a concert for schoolchildren; this concert marked West's first live appearance since his 2009 incident with Taylor Swift.[78] It was performed by West as part of his set at the 2011 Coachella Festival.[79] For his headlining live show at the Festival Mawazine: Rhythms of the World in Rabat on May 22, West delivered a performance of the track.[80] At a concert in Atlanta's Philips Arena on October 28, 2011 during West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne Tour, West came out to perform "Touch the Sky" after a wardrobe change.[81] During the performance, he wore a tribal-type jacket, leather kilt, leather pants underneath and his glow-in-the-dark Air Yeezys, and Rob Markman of MTV called the outfit worn by Jay-Z at the concert "no match" for West's.[81] When performing at Austin X's Music festival on June 8, 2014, West omitted Jay-Z's name from the song's lyrics, which he also did when performing "Blood on the Leaves" and "Cold" at the festival.[82] West stopped the opening of the song when performing it live at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival, walking off after stating "that's not what we rehearsed in the dressing room."[83] For his performance of the song, West entered a cherry picker that elevated to 30m in the air and floated over the crowd, who sung along with him.[5] West performed the song live at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto during the Saint Pablo Tour on August 30, 2016.[84] As part of the same tour, it was the twenty-sixth song to be performed by West during his fourth concert on the tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California on November 1 and West got "rowdy" during the performance.[85]

Other versionsEdit

A cover version of "Touch the Sky" was played by eight-piece American brass ensemble the Soul Rebels that included horns and was released on their mixtape Power = Power in 2013.[86][87] American hip hop group The LOX, which consists of Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss, freestyled over the song in 2005 with a feature from Ace Hood.[88] Urban Noize released a remix in April 2012 that includes vocals from English musician Florence Welch alongside their interpretation of West and Lupe Fiasco's vocals.[89]

Track listingsEdit

Digital download[19]

  1. "Touch the Sky" (feat. Lupe Fiasco) [Radio Edit] – 3:56
  2. "Touch the Sky" (feat. Lupe Fiasco) [Instrumental] – 3:57

CD single[26]

  1. "Touch the Sky" – 3:57
  2. "Jesus Walks" – 3:14
  3. Diamonds from Sierra Leone – 4:12

UK Digital EP[17]

  1. "Touch the Sky" – 3:57
  2. "Jesus Walks" – 3:14
  3. Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Sessions@AOL) – 4:12

PersonnelEdit

Information taken from Late Registration liner notes.[10]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[100] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[101] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[102] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom January 1, 2006 Digital EP [17]
United States February 14, 2006 Mainstream radio [18]
Australia March 7, 2006 Digital download [19]
Finland [20]
Germany [21]
Ireland [22]
New Zealand [23]
Russia [24]
United Kingdom [25]
Various March 10, 2006 CD single Universal [26]

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