Supriya Ghosh

The New Workout Plan

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Released  August 31, 2004
Length  5:22
Genre  Hip hop
Label  Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Format  12" vinyl, CD single, digital download
Recorded  Quad Recordings Sony Music Studios (New York City)

"The New Workout Plan" is the final single from Kanye West's debut album, The College Dropout. Released in late 2004, the single peaked at number fifty-nine on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. John Legend, Anna Nicole Smith, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vida Guerra, GLC and Fonzworth Bentley made cameo appearances on the song's music video.

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Composition

The lyrics of "The New Workout Plan" are voiced from the point of view of various girls reacting to a fictional workout video created by Kanye West. The single is a satirical take on the absurdity of the gender binary in which women are valued only for their bodies, and men are valued only for their money. The song includes fictional "testimonials" from women who have successfully undergone the workout plan and have been able to attain a lavish lifestyle thanks to being in shape.

Remix

The official remix for the song was produced by Lil Jon and features a new verse by West and guest appearances from Twista, Luke, and Fonzworth Bentley. The remix was later included on The College Dropout Video Anthology.

Personnel

Information taken from The College Dropout liner notes.

  • Songwriter: Kanye West
  • Record producer: Kanye West
  • Recorder: Keith Slattery, Andrew Dawson, Eugene A. Toale
  • Mix engineer: Manny Marroquin
  • Additional vocals: John Legend, Sumeke Rainey
  • Guitar: Eric "E-Bass" Johnson
  • Piano: Ervin "EP" Pope
  • Violin: Miri Ben-Ari
  • References

    The New Workout Plan Wikipedia


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