Kanye West announces collaboration with Taylor Swift
And an executive producer role on Rihanna's new album
Kanye is lucky that the fellow musicians that he has disrupted over the years, are as gracious as Beck and Taylor Swift. We heard from a cool and forgiving Beck, right after the much propounded 'incident' at the Grammy's on Sunday, and now comes the news that Swift (the original recipient of the brunt of a 'Kanye truth' at the MTV Music Awards six years ago) and West are making plans to record together.
In a morning radio interview with Ryan Seacrest, West opened up about how Swift and West both consider their altercation to be water under the bridge now. West was in fact, quite complimentary about Swift and her success:
"Yeah, she wants to get in the studio and we're definitely going to go in," he said. "Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I'm down to get in the studio and work."
West, in his signature, mile-a-minute rhythm, kept on talking, sharing that Swift actually commented to him, just before a photograph of the pair, beaming with smiles, was taken, that he should have gone through with his attempt to storm the stage. He also shared his motivation for the stunt claiming that the voices in his head told him to do it.
Back on more comfortable territory the rapper also spoke about his collaboration with Rihanna and the legendary Paul McCartney. In a tenuous attempt to liken himself to the late, great, John Lennon, West spoke of Rihanna's affinity with the trio's collaborative track FourFiveSeconds, and revealed that he is executive producing Rihanna's new album:
"I played her my album. And I said, 'I got a few songs with Paul McCartney'. She couldn't get past the record. She had to have it on her album," said Kayne.
Whether you like him, or his own music, it can't be denied that he has some skill when it comes to producing, some favourites include Jay Z's Izzo, in which West sampled the Jackson Five's I Want You Back, to awesome effect. Jay and Bey's Bonnie and Clyde is another example of West's producing capabilities.