Published Mar 17, 2010Both Jay-Z and Jack White have a fondness for high-profile collaborations, so it's a little surprising that the two haven't thought to play together before now. While the rapper has lent his rhymes to everyone from Linkin Park to wife Beyoncé Knowles, White has founded two supergroups (the Dead Weather and the Raconteurs), as well as appeared on albums by Beck, Loretta Lynn and many more.
In a new interview with the UK edition of GQ [via TwentyFourBit], White revealed that the two recently recorded a track. "We did a song together a few weeks ago," he explained. "It was incredible. I played him something that I've been kicking around for a while and he immediately came out with words for it. It's unbelievable-sounding."
As GQ points out, White and Jay-Z have been mutual admirers for some time. Last September, Clash asked Jay-Z who he'd like to collaborate with and he responded, "Jack White. He can do it all, he's a renaissance man."
White returned the favour in January, telling Rolling Stone, "I think Jay-Z is just incredible. The Black Album is one of the best albums of the decade."
There's no word on how and when the pair plan to release their collaboration. Knowing White, however, it could be out any day now. After all, he owns a record label (Third Man) and his hatred of album leaks has previously led him to release albums as quickly as possible.
For a preview of what a Jack White rap crossover might sound like, check out the video below, as the White Stripes work an interpretation of Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Got Your Money" into a blues jam. (If you're impatient, skip ahead to 1:50.)