Kanye West Samples Sha’Carri Richardson In His New Song “Vultures”

By Divya G December 26, 2023

In a harmonious blend of athletic prowess and musical genius, Kanye West has paid a unique tribute to the resilient Sha’Carri Richardson in his latest track, Vultures. Richardson, the American sprinter whose triumphant comeback marked the 2023 World Athletics Championships, is celebrated not just for her remarkable speed on the track but also for her indomitable spirit.

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Richardson’s journey to the world title in the women’s 100m event at the Championships is nothing short of inspirational. Overcoming a setback early in her career due to a positive drug test, she missed out on the World Championships in Oregon, casting doubt on the trajectory of her athletic aspirations. However, the 23-year-old sprinter made a triumphant return, clinching gold in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the 200m.

Kanye West, known for his musical innovation, has artfully incorporated Richardson’s iconic phrase into Vultures. The track, unveiled in a video shared by Rori Dunk on X, harnesses the energy of Richardson’s declaration, “I am not back; I am better.” This lyrical homage captures the essence of Richardson’s determination to rise above challenges, echoing her sentiments of being ready—mentally, physically, and emotionally—to stake her claim at the pinnacle of her sport.

Richardson, no stranger to confidence, previously drew inspiration from West’s motivational speech in Nairobi, Kenya. “You should be overconfident. You should have more confidence,” she asserted before winning the 200m race at the Kip Keino Classic.

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As Richardson sets her sights on the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where she aims to secure the elusive gold, her influence extends beyond the track. Recently seen rubbing shoulders with Formula 1 stars at the Circuit of the Americas, Richardson’s impact resonates across diverse sporting landscapes.

In Vultures, Kanye West not only pays homage to Richardson’s athletic prowess but also underscores the broader message of resilience and self-belief. The collaboration between sports and music serves as a testament to the power of determination and the enduring spirit of champions like Sha’Carri Richardson.