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"Gone"
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song by Kanye West featuring
Cam'ron & Consequence
from the album Late Registration
Released August 30, 2005
Recorded 2004–2005 at The Record Plant
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:32
Label Roc-A-Fella
Def Jam
Songwriter(s) Kanye West
Dexter Raymond Mills, Jr.
Cameron Giles
Harold Willis
Producer Kanye West
Singles chronology
Gone
(August 30, 2005)

"Gone" is a song by American hip hop artist Kanye West from his second studio album Late Registration (2005). Produced by West and featuring guest vocals from fellow rappers Cam'ron and Consequence, the track contains samples of "It's Too Late" as performed by Otis Redding.

The song gained newfound fame in 2013 when a woman quit her job and created a video featuring interpretative dance set to the song. The clip, which went viral and received millions of views, led "Gone" to debut within the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 eight years following its release.

Background

"Gone" was written by Kanye West, Dexter Raymond Mills, Jr., Cameron Giles and Harold Willis. It was recorded at The Record Plant in Hollywood, California and mixed at Chalice Recording Studios in Hollywood.

Composition

The song contains some of the most elaborate orchestral arrangements on Late Registration. The composition begins with a vocal sample of "It's Too Late" by Otis Redding and a two-chord piano ostinato, followed by a simplistic funk beat.

The string section is composed of ten violins, four violas and four cellos which alternate between rhythmically punctuating the verses with staccato bursts, and accentuating the chorus with a more fully formed melody. After the third verse, the song enters an instrumental passage before returning with a fourth and final verse from West, where the rise of the vocals is reflected by the increased complexity in the string arrangement.

Chart positions

Chart (2013) Peak
position
France (SNEP) 168
US Billboard Hot 100 18
US Billboard Hot Rap Songs 4
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 6

Personnel

Information taken from Late Registration liner notes.

  • Songwriters: Kanye West, Dexter Raymond Mills, Jr., Cameron Giles, Harold Willis
  • Producers: Kanye West
  • Recorders: Anthony Kilhoffer
  • Mixer: Andrew Dawson
  • Assistant Engineers: Richard Reitz, Taylor Dow
  • Strings Recorder: Tom Biller
  • String Arrangements: Jon Brion
  • String Orchestrations: Eric Gorfain
  • Violins: Eric Gorfain, Daphne Chen, Victoria Lanier, Julie Rogers, Alyssa Park, Audrey Solomon, Terry Glenny, Susan Chatman, Marisa Kuney, Amy Wickman
  • Viola: Marda Todd, Piotr Jandule, Tom Tally, David Sage
  • Cello: Richard Dodd, Matt Cooker, Armen Ksajikian, Victor Lawrence