Kanye West and Taylor Swift are set to collaborate.
Six years after the rapper stormed onto the MTV VMA’s stage and interrupted Taylor’s best female video acceptance speech with his now infamous, “Imma let you finish but…” rant, the pair have made up and are now making plans to record together.
Taking Sunday’s Grammy Awards as the perfect opportunity to mend fences, the pair were spotted chatting and taking photos together. And apparently their feud wasn’t the only thing they were talking about, with Kanye confirming they are “definitely” collaborating.
“Yeah, she wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in. Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work. I don’t discriminate, I don’t have an elitism of music because of, like, how many Grammys or, you know, the amount of ratings you get on an album,” Kanye explained to On the Air with Ryan Seacrest.
“I that think everyone loves music whether they love hip-hop, alternative, country, and if I could be involved in giving people any type of energy, advice in the studio, whether you’re Beyoncé, whether you’re Taylor Swift, whether you’re Jay Z, whether you’re Beck, whoever, and they can be reciprocal with that, I’d like to be involved with that.”
Everyone was in disbelief when the father-of-one stormed the stage when Beck was announced as the winner of the coveted Album of the Year gong over Beyoncé Knowles at Sunday’s Grammys, fearing a repeat of the 2009 incident. While it turned out to be just a gag, Kanye took the opportunity to explain his motivation, insisting he didn’t mean any disrespect.
In fact, he revealed that the “voices in his head” told him to go up, adding that his only intention was to “joke around”.
“Well first of all, Beck is one of the nicest guys and one of the most respected musicians in the game. So there’s nothing that I will want to do as a fellow musician to disrespect him in any way,” he said, adding, “I don’t feel like I have the right to take away from people’s moments.”
He compared the outburst to seeing a chiropractor for a little niggle and how you “feel better after the fact”, then “Kanye just goes on being an a**hole to everyone”.
Kanye also apologized to Beck, saying his outburst during a subsequent interview didn’t come across quite as he meant.
“When I said that thing about respect artistry, I think it came off the wrong way, and that was a mis-wording on my part because obviously Beck is one the most respected artists and respects artistry,” he conceded.
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