Chaka Khan ‘can’t stand’ the I Feel For You in­tro

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Chaka Khan “can’t stand” the in­tro to her song ‘I Feel For You’. The 64-year-old singer ad­mit­ted she “can’t live down” the iconic mu­si­cal mo­ment - which fea­tures rap­per Melle Mel re­cite her name a num­ber of times be­fore the beat kicks in - be­cause fans al­ways chant it to her, but it’s never been some­thing she ‘s en­joyed. She told Gay Times: “I hated it and I still can’t live that down to this day. “Peo­ple still come up to me now and say, ‘Chaka Khan’ about three or four times. “I can’t stand it any more, but it is what it is. And be­lieve me, I’m def­i­nitely not hat­ing on that song.” Another of Chaka’s fa­mous songs, ‘I’m Ev­ery Woman’, has been em­braced as a fem­i­nist an­them, but she has in­sisted it was never writ­ten that way as she views it as “em­pow­er­ing” for ev­ery­one. She ex­plained: “In spite of the words, I don’t see it as a fem­i­nist thing. “I see it as an em­pow­er­ment song for every­body. You know, every­body feels em­pow­ered when I do that song. That’s my im­pe­tus when I’m sing­ing it; it’s an em­pow­er­ment song for men and women.” Chaka re­leased the track in 1978 but it’s taken un­til now for her to feel “com­fort­able” with the lyrics. She added: “Be­lieve me, I had to grow into those lyrics. I’m only just now com­fort­able sing­ing them you know.” The ‘Ain’t No­body’ hit­maker also ad­mit­ted it has “been a prob­lem” try­ing to keep her most pop­u­lar hits still fresh when she’s per­form­ing live, so she does her best to “put lit­tle spins on the songs to keep them alive” for her.

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