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Kanye West's collaboration with Andre 3000, Life of the Party, was cut from his Donda album due to its explicit lyrics.
The track had been teased at pre-release listening parties for Kanye's new record, and his rival Drake recently leaked a version on Sirius XM's Sound 42 show featuring an explosive Andre verse and disses furthering the Jesus Walks hitmaker's feud with the Hotline Bling rapper.
In a statement released to Pitchfork Media and other outlets on Sunday, the Outkast member outlined the reasons why the song - which has been praised by fans - was dropped, and blamed Kanye's decision not to allow any profanity on Donda, named as a tribute to his late mother.
"A few weeks ago Kanye reached out about me being a part of the Donda album," he wrote in his statement. "I was inspired by his idea to make a musical tribute to his mom. It felt appropriate to me to support the Donda concept by referencing my own mother, who passed away in 2013.
"We both share that loss. I thought it was a beautiful choice to make a clean album but, unfortunately, I didn't know that was the plan before I wrote and recorded my verse. It was clear to me that an edited 'clean' format of the verse would not work without having the raw, original also available. So, sadly, I had to be omitted from the original album release."
The Hey Ya! hitmaker also distanced himself from any involvement in Drake and Kanye's ongoing feud - and insisted he also wanted to appear on the Canadian hip-hop star's latest release, Certified Lover Boy.
"The track I received and wrote to didn't have the diss verse on it and we were hoping to make a more focused offering for the Donda album but I guess things happen like they are supposed to.
"It's unfortunate that it was released in this way and two artists that I love are going back and forth. I wanted to be on Certified Lover Boy too. I just want to work with people that inspire me. Hopefully I can work with Kendrick on his album. I'd love to work with Lil' Baby, Tyler and Jay-Z. I respect them all," he added.