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)
Released May 5, 2006
Format
Recorded March 2006, Sony Scoring Stage, Culver City
Genre Hip-hop[1]
Length 3:23
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Michael Giacchino
Kanye West singles chronology
"Touch the Sky"
(2006)
"Impossible"
(2006)
"Drive Slow"
(2006)

"Touch the Sky"
(2006)
"Impossible"
(2006)
"Drive Slow"
(2006)
Twista singles chronology
"Spit Your Game"
(2006) Spit Your Game2006
"Impossible"
(2006) Impossible2006
"Don't Get It Twisted"
(2006) Don't Get It Twisted2006

"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.[2]

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.[3] Franchise star Tom Cruise was delighted at Kanye contributing to the soundtrack, describing himself as being 'a fan of Kanye's work'.[4]

Composition[edit]

Vocals from "It's Impossible" by New Birth are sampled throughout the track.[5] It is solely produced by Michael Giacchino, which is an exception to what normally happens with West producing his own music - this is because Michael composed all of the soundtrack for the featuring movie, so the song may sound out of place if it wasn't produced by him.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

"Impossible" was negatively received by Complex, since the website placed it on a list of '20 Horrible Songs Made By Great Rappers'.[7] Rolling Stone gave this type of reception too, rating the song only 2 stars and describing it as something that 'doesn't quite work'.[8]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[9]

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

12" single[10]

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[11]

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

Commercial performance[edit]

The track made its debut at number 75 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and reached its peak position of 54 after 11 weeks on that chart.[12] It peaked at number 27 in the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart on 27th May 2006.[13]

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Impossible - Single by Kanye West featuring Twista, Keyshia Cole & BJ on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kanye West's Mission Impossible". IGN. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Michael Giacchino's Mission: Make the Old Music New"". The New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Tom Cruise Heaps Praise Upon Kanye West". Gawker. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kanye West feat. Twista, Keyshia Cole and BJ's 'Impossible' sample of The New Birth's 'It's Impossible'". WhoSampled. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mission: Impossible III (2006) - Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kanye West f/ Twista & Keyshia Cole "Impossible" - 20 Horrible Songs Made By Great Rappers". Complex. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Impossible". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kanye West Feat., Twista Feat., Keyshia Cole – Impossible (CDr) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kanye West – Impossible / Drive Slow (Strings Mix) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Impossible - Single by Kanye West featuring Twista, Keyshia Cole and BJ on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "Kanye West Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2018.

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