Kanye West plans to release a new album in 2014 and one of the musicians he’s hoping to work with is UK crooner James Blake. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Blake discussed the possible collaboration, revealing that Kanye recently invited him to come work in the studio.
The one problem? Whereas Kanye creates an enormous think tank by inviting various producers all into the studio at once, Blake prefers a more one-on-one approach. “You know, the way that I like to work is bare bones and personal. I think because Kanye’s such an accomplished producer, if I was to work with him, then I think we could do something together, and just together, you know?”
Blake described the situation by quoting Oscar Wilde: “Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.”
Kanye has said he’d like the follow-up to Yeezus to be his “Born in the U.S.A”. He explained, “Bruce Springsteen dropped this album called Nebraska and right after that he did Born In The U.S.A. This next one, I have a feeling, because of what we did right now, has to be Born In The U.S.A.”
Asked about the comment, Blake joked, “If he wants it to sound like Born in the U.S.A. then I’m not sure if I’m the one to ask.” He continued, “Honestly, I spend so much fucking time talking about Kanye West and Chance [the Rapper] and Drake. People ask me so much about it, but really up until this point, I haven’t had any time to act on any impulse, so all I can say is we’ll see and watch this space but there’s things coming. I’m really excited. My monotonous tone of voice won’t show you that, but I’m excited.”
In recent months, Blake has immersed himself more and more into the hip-hop genre, collaborating with Chance the Rapper and remixing Kendrick Lamar. However, he was reluctant to discuss other emcees he hoped to work with, telling Rolling Stone, “I’m not sure there’s any fucking point in telling you because it just ends up on a website and then people think it’s happening and it doesn’t happen and then I feel like a shit.”
Well, hopefully, the Yeezus collaboration isn’t just all talk.