Kanye West invites James Blake to work on new album

Q-Tip and Rick Rubin already on board, Kanye West wants Blake to help create his Born in the U.S.A.
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Q-Tip and Rick Rubin already on board, Kanye West wants Blake to help create his Born in the U.S.A.
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Kanye West, with some help from Q-Tip and Rick Rubin, is currently hard at work on a new album. Yeezus is a tough act to follow, but Kanye has it all worked out. Late last year, West likened the divisiveness and anti-commerciality of Yeezus to Bruce Springsteen'sNebraska, suggesting that his next album will be a massive hit parade alla Born In The U.S.A. - more "Bound 2" than "I Am A God."

It's curious then, that he's hit up introspective UK producer/crooner, James Blake to work on the album. In an interview with Rolling Stone, 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."

Blake also expressed concern over Kanye's reputation as a curator who pulls from many voices, funneling the best ideas to project them through the prism of his master vision. (Songs like "Black Skinhead" went through as many as 9 producers and co-producers before they were perfected.)

"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?"

We imagine Kanye is pretty persuasive, though. He did manage to get Daft Punk and Bon Iver on his last album, after all.

Kanye isn't the first rapper to be interested in working with James Blake. In the last few months, the producer - whose latest album was massively indebted to hip hop and r&b - has spoken on the possibility of working with Drake and Chance the Rapper.