Kanye West Raps About Real-Life Run-in With Former CIA Director George Tenet
The rapper name-checks the agency's ex-leader in his track, "Clique," off his latest album.
When George Tenet, former head of the CIA, met Kanye West during a random encounter, did he ever expect to provide lyrical inspiration for the rapper?
Probably not. But Tenet, who resigned from the agency in 2004 and later accused the Bush administration of leaking stories that he believed finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq would be a "slam dunk," has resurfaced in the lyrics to West's "Clique," a track off his new album Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer.
West raps: "Yeah, I’m talking business, we talking CIA/ I’m talking George Tenet, I seen him the other day/ He asked me about my Maybach, think he had the same/ Except mine tinted and his might have been rented."
(Another lyric references West's girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, with: "My girl a superstar all from a home movie.")
According to Wired, West and Tenet actually did run into one another several months ago when Tenet was leaving a business meeting in New York City and "bumped into" West, Tenet's representative, Bill Harlow, told the magazine's website.
"They chatted briefly, he said. "The next thing you know, it's recorded history."
West, however, took creative liberty in rhyming about the exchange: the two never discussed Maybachs (nor does Tenet drive one). Rap, meanwhile, is "not (Tenet's) genre," Harlow added. "He's more of a Bruce Springsteen guy."