It was the court of the Crimson King (remember the red suit at the VMAs?) on Wednesday in London as [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] spoke to a select group of journalists and bloggers about his upcoming "Runaway" mini-movie and accompanying album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, due out November 22.
In addition to screening the nearly wordless, trippy fantasia on the high prices of fame and individuality, 'Ye also dropped some information on a number of the collaborators he's got lined up for the album. According to our colleague Tom Thorogood of MTV UK, during a rambling two-hour Q&A session, West mentioned that he's been in the studio with everyone from Alicia Keys to M.I.A., Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Santigold working on tracks for Fantasy.
He also confirmed that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is "all over" the album, a fact we already learned when a demo of "Lost in the World" recently leaked, which features re-recorded vocals from the BI track "Woods." The pair reportedly recorded at least nine tracks together, and West has said Vernon is slated to appear on multiple songs.
Among the other new tracks featured in the movie is "Blame Game," which contains a healthy sample of the melancholy piano groove in cult electronic musician Aphex Twin's 2001 song "Avril 14th," as well as vocals from frequent 'Ye collaborator John Legend, which may or may not make the album's final cut. Other collaborators who've dropped in on sessions include Wu-Tang mastermind RZA and hip-hop icon Pete Rock.
The spate of collaborations is no surprise, considering West has already dropped a number of singles packed with bold-faced names as part of his "G.O.O.D. Friday" series, including "So Appalled" (RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, CyHi Da Prynce), "Lord Lord Lord" (Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon, Charlie Wilson) and "Monster" (Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj).
target="_blank">NMEalso reports that West said the album could feature vocals from La Roux's flame-haired frontwoman, Elly Jackson, as well as Chicago hip-hop don producer No ID.
'Ye also said he's traveling back to France soon — he debuted the film there Tuesday — to finish work on his mini-album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne.
And, in typically epic Kanye fashion, the Chicago MC said he's planning a spectacular live show for the Fantasy tour, which he wants to wind up in front of the Egyptian pyramids. Unfortunately, he told the crowd, they're not available until April.
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