Contrary to what his soft-spoken voice might suggest, everyone’s favorite soul-step singer James Blake is known to have a taste for hip hop swagger. In the past he’s remixed Drake, Kendrick Lamar, worked with RZA, and most recently, moved in with Chance the Rapper, likely hoping to green-light a new heartwarming ABC sitcom about a pianist who teaches a recovering gangster how to love.
Now, Blake is talking about possibly collaborating with his biggest
fish fan, Kanye West. In an interview with Rolling Stone, James divulged that Kanye has approached him to work with him on his next album. No surprise, because Kanye has expressed his love for James many times, even inviting him to hang out at his studio while he and Jay-Z cooked up Watch The Throne. By the same token, James has become a loyal (baby) Yeezus follower, even comparing it to an obscure critically acclaimed novel from last year, which for hipsters is high praise indeed.
After working with Daft Punk and Bon Iver, it isn’t hard to imagine Kanye could very easily add James to his list of interesting collaborations. The only blockade would be distance, which for James is kind of a big deal. He would only want to work with Kanye if it’s in person:
“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?”
Also, there’s the fact that West wants his next album to sound like Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA, which would be a blockade for anyone.