Impossible (Kanye West song)

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"Impossible"
Single by Kanye West featuring Twista, Keyshia Cole and BJ
from the album Mission: Impossible III
B-side"Impossible" (Instrumental) / "Drive Slow" (Strings Mix)
ReleasedMay 5, 2006
RecordedMarch 2006, Sony Scoring Stage, Culver City
GenreHip hop
Length3:23
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Michael Giacchino
Kanye West singles chronology
"Touch the Sky"
(2006)
"Impossible"
(2006)
"Drive Slow"
(2006)
Twista singles chronology
"Spit Your Game"
(2006)
"Impossible"
(2006)
"Don't Get It Twisted"
(2006)

"Impossible" is a song by American hip-hop recording artist Kanye West, featuring Twista, Keyshia Cole and BJ. The song was not featured on West's albums Late Registration (2005) and Graduation (2007) that were released around the same time as it, but was featured on the Mission: Impossible III soundtrack. The track was actually used as the official theme song for this film.[1] It charted on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Bubbling Under Hot 100 in 2006.

Background[edit]

Along with the rest of the soundtrack for Mission: Impossible III, "Impossible" was recorded over the course of eight days at the Sony Scoring Stage in Culver City, California.[2] Franchise star Tom Cruise was delighted at West contributing to the soundtrack, describing himself as being "a fan of Kanye's work".[3]

Composition[edit]

Vocals from "It's Impossible" by New Birth are sampled throughout the track.[4] West didn't contribute to the production whatsoever, since the song was solely produced by Michael Giacchino, who composed all of the soundtrack for the movie.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"Impossible" was placed on a list of '20 Horrible Songs Made By Great Rappers' that Al Shipley of Complex published in 2013.[6] Jonathan Ringen of Rolling Stone rated the song two out of five stars and elaborated by writing: "It doesn't quite work: The skittering beat never settles into a groove, and the rhymes never explain what, exactly, is supposed to be so impossible."[7]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[8]

  1. "Impossible" (Radio) – 3:23
  2. "Impossible" (Extended Radio) – 5:12
  3. "Impossible" (Instrumental) – 5:09

12" single[9]

A-side
  1. "Impossible" (Radio) - 3:25
  2. "Impossible" (Extended Version) - 3:25
B-side
  1. "Impossible" (Instrumental) - 5:09
  2. "Drive Slow" (feat. Paul Wall and GLC) (Strings Mix) - 5:41

Digital download[10]

  1. "Impossible" (Radio Edit) - 3:22

Commercial performance[edit]

The track spent a total of 16 weeks on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and managed to reach its peak position of 54 on June 24, 2006, over a month after being released as a single.[11] It reached number 27 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart on May 27, 2006.[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[13] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 54
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[15] 83

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abrams, J.J. (February 8, 2006). "Kanye West's Mission Impossible". IGN. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Burlingame, Jon (May 7, 2006). "Michael Giacchino's Mission: Make the Old Music New"". The New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. ^ mark (July 2, 2006). "Tom Cruise Heaps Praise Upon Kanye West". Gawker. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kanye West feat. Twista, Keyshia Cole and BJ's 'Impossible' sample of The New Birth's 'It's Impossible'". WhoSampled. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mission: Impossible 3 [Original Movie Soundtrack] – Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Shipley, Al (June 26, 2013). "Kanye West f/ Twista & Keyshia Cole "Impossible" - 20 Horrible Songs Made By Great Rappers". Complex. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Ringen, Jonathan (May 18, 2006). ""Impossible"". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 24, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Kanye West Feat., Twista Feat., Keyshia Cole – Impossible (CDr) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kanye West – Impossible / Drive Slow (Strings Mix) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Impossible - Single by Kanye West featuring Twista, Keyshia Cole and BJ on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Kanye West – Impossible – Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "Kanye West – Impossible – Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  13. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Kanye West – Awards (Billboard Singles)". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2019.

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