Confirmed: Kanye West Does Track with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon
Published Aug 13, 2010Just yesterday (August 12), we reported the rumour that Kanye West had enlisted Bon Iver's Justin Vernon for a track on his November-due, as-yet-untitled new album. Now, West has confirmed that rumour and spoke up on his new relationship Vernon.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, West told the magazine that when Ed Banger Records boss Pedro Winter told West about his plans to sample Bon Iver's "Woods" (from the Blood Bank EP), the rapper fell in love with the track, and opted to use the whole chorus. West then flew Vernon into Hawaii, so that he could re-record the chorus to the song without the AutoTune that characterizes the original, and inserted the chorus into West's new album track, "Lost in the World."
Of meeting the Bon Iver songwriter, West said, "I called [Vernon] and we ended up becoming, like, really good friends, playing basketball together everyday, and going into the back studio and just record his parts. He's similar to me, like, where he just does shit just so people would be like, 'Oh shit how did you do that? How did that happen?' He's just a really cool guy to be around."
In related news, West also hosted a party in New York yesterday where he previewed a new track from the forthcoming album. Besides stripped-down versions of "Power," "Good Life" and "American Girl" (with Estelle), he played brand new track "Mama's Boyfriend," which you can listen to below.
West's fifth studio album is now due November 16.
UPDATE: In an interview with Pitchfork, Vernon added this little gem about the Kanye collaboration: "I was literally in the back room rolling a spliff with Rick Ross talking about what to do on the next part of a song. It was astonishing."