According to his friend and longtime collaborator CyHi the Prynce, Ye is extremely generous when it comes to paying people for their contributions to each of his records. He’s so generous, in fact, that some of the individuals had no idea they were helping.
CyHi spoke about this topic during a recent appearance on The Breakfast Club, where he discussed his work on various Kanye projects after My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. When Charlamagne tha God asked if Ye compensated him for his work, CyHi replied "absolutely."
"I definitely got paid. Oh no, he overly pays," CyHi said at the four-minute mark. "That’s an issue."
The Georgia rapper described an instance during the recording of Yeezus. While Kanye was in the studio, a man walked in with leather black jeans on, which resulted in the "Black Skinhead" lyrics: "For my theme song/My leather black jeans on/ My by any means on."
The man who walked in with the leather pants ended up getting a cut.
"If you’re delivering waters, if you’re the engineer, if you’re the cameraman, if he ask you one thing about this song, you’re name is on this record," he said. "All you got to do is be in the brainstorming. If you were in the brainstorm room, you get part of the record."
The No Dope on Sundays rapper also spoke about his 2015 song "Elephant in the Room," which was mistaken for a Kanye diss (13:00). CyHi told TheBreakfast Club Ye actually gave him the beat and was involved in the concept. The original plan was for Ye to be on the track and exchange bars with CyHi—a format similar to Eminem and Dr. Dre’s "Guilty Conscious."
You can listen to the full interview above.