Posted: 8:33 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
By Keegan Prosser
It’s no secret Kanye West is a fan of James Blake. In fact, the always-controversial rapper has been praising the young, English-born producer and singer/songwriter since the fall, when Ye cited Blake as his “favorite artist.”
And while the praise was quick to bring the praise together, it wasn’t the first time the artists had been connected. The pair first met when Kanye invited James to the studio during the production of his and Jay Z’s Watch The Throne. Now, it seems Yeezy is more interested than ever in having the Best New Artist Grammy nominee as a part of the creation of his next album.
"I have been in contact with him," James recently told Rolling Stone. That being said, James said their busy schedules and varied locations may prove a road block. As in, he doesn’t want to work together from opposite sides of the world.
"You know, the way that I like to work is bare bones and personal,” James told the magazine. “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?"
Known for his sparse, electronic production and haunting, emotive vocals, the 25-year-old could prove the next alternative voice in Kanye’s brand of hip-hop, in the same way Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon was showcased on Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Never one for subtleties, Ye recently compared his hopes for the follow-up to Yeezus to The Boss himself.
"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,” Rolling Stone reports. While James admits he might not be the best choice for an album going in that direction, we can’t help but hope he and Kanye get together sooner, rather than later.Do you want to see a collaboration between Kanye and James? Sound off in the comments! And to get a taste of Ye's favorite artist, watch the video for James Blake's Overgrown below.