Late last year, Kanye West called James Blake his “favorite artist”. Now, as Blake told Rolling Stone, the rapper has invited him to collaborate in the studio.
A few years ago, West invited the British electronic songwriter to the studio to hear music that wound up on Watch the Throne. “It was nice to hear these songs that eventually became massive,” he says. Since then, West recently asked Blake to collaborate on new music. “I have been in contact with him,” Blake says, but adds there’s one roadblock: he doesn’t want to work in separate locations. “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?”
Given what Kanye has done with Justin Vernon in the past, a Blake/Kanye collab could be truly great. But it seems unlikely that it’ll turn up on the next Kanye album, which Kanye says will be the Born In The U.S.A. to Yeezus’s Nebraska.