In a new interview with French publication L’Obs, Damon Albarn recently revealed that he warned Paul McCartney about working with Kanye West. The Gorillaz frontman pulled no punches when sharing his thoughts on the rapper and producer.
“Don’t get me started on Kanye West… Kanye West trapped Paul McCartney,” he began. He then explained that he believed Kanye West took advantage of The Beatles musician when the two collaborated on “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna.
“Before he decided to work with Kanye West, I sent a text message to McCartney saying, ‘beware’, but he ignored it, he does what he wants, it’s Paul McCartney,” he said. “Kanye West is one of those people who feed on other people.”
McCartney sat down with DIY a few weeks back, remarking on the differences in his creative process compared to West:
“With him, it was much more made up as we went along – so much so that I didn’t even realise that I was making songs. We had two or three afternoons where we just hung out together in a Beverly Hills hotel in the bungalows out the back, and he had his engineer and was set up with a couple of microphones incase anything happened. I was tootling around on guitar, and Kanye spent a lot of time just looking at pictures of Kim on his computer. I’m thinking, are we ever gonna get around to writing?! But it turns out he was writing.”
McCartney’s comments are the latest insight into the creative mind of ’Ye, who has been known to take a directorial approach to his work. Earlier this year in April, West took to Twitter to unleash a stream of advice for creatives and people hoping to harness their creativity. One piece of advice was keeping your eye on the prize, which it sounds like he had all along while working with McCartney — only that the Beatle didn’t realize it.
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