The Crazy Story Behind Taylor Bennett's New Collab With Chance The Rapper & Jeremih

It's never too late to resurrect a record, provided the music is great.
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It's never too late to resurrect a record, provided the music is great.

This Friday, Taylor Bennett will release his brand new album Restoration of An American Idol. In addition to the previously-released "New York Nights," which features Stro and Jordan Bratton, the 9-track project will include guest appearances by KYLE, Lil Yachty, Raury and more.

In a new interview with AllHipHop, Bennett shared the backstory of how the Mike WiLL Made It-produced "Grown Up Fairy Tales," which features his brother Chance The Rapper and Jeremih, came together.

It’s a song that Chance was supposed to put on a Mike Will Made It album around the time of 'Acid Rap.' It’s one of my favorite songs. When I got sick in New York, I had a blood clot. I felt so sick. That was the only song I could really think of. I called him like, “Yo, you gotta let me have this song.” He let me have it. That’s how it came together. We’ve worked through it all together since then, but that’s where it came from.

So, to review: Chance recorded an OG version of "Grown Up Fairy Tales" in 2013 for a Mike Will project, but the song was never released. After a horrifying medical experience, Bennett had an epiphany, remembered that the record never saw the light of day and resurrected it four years later with an assist from Jeremih.

In addition to being further proof that the creative process rarely walks a straight line—and that Mike Will knew four years ago that Chance would be a star—the adventures of "Grown Up Fairy Tales" is a great reminder that when artists aim to create timeless music, it's never too late to release it out into the world.


By Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.

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