The opening track on Kanye West’s latest project, The Life of Pablo samples the voice of a young girl deep in prayer shouting, “We don’t want no devils in the house, God, We want the Lord, and that’s it.” The sample comes from an Instagram video that went viral not too long ago, featuring 4-year-old Natalie Green which made it’s way onto Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” also featuring Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, and Kelly Price.
Complex mag reached out to Natalie and her mother recently to get all the details on how the video came about and how it landed in front of Kanye West. Hit the jump for more.
In an exclusive interview with Complex, Natalie, (with help from her mother of course) answered the following questions regarding being a part of Kanye West’s latest project;
Who are some of your favorite artists?
My favorite artists are first, my mom “Carmin,” Kanye West of course. Tasha Cobbs, Beyoncé Knowles, and Bryshere Gray (Hakeem).
What’s the story behind the Instagram video?
The video came about one day when my family members were about to travel to Atlanta and asked me to say a quick prayer for them as they normally would before they departed.
When did Kanye and his team reach out to you to use the clip?
Kanye West’s team reached out to me shortly before the release of his album. I was elated when the offer was presented.
What was your reaction when you first heard “Ultralight Beam?”
When I first listened to the song I was amazed. There was no better feeling than being a part of something so powerful and so vibrant. To know that I contributed to touching so many lives across the nation made me forever grateful.
How does it feel to know you partially inspired a Kanye song?
To know that I was an inspiration to the song is phenomenal and gracious. The impact that this song has is unexplainable and undeniable. I give my gratitude.
Are you in any talks to do more stuff with Kanye?
I’m not sure what other opportunities will present themselves but I’m open to the possibilities.
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