Speaking with Billboard, the Taylor Gang affiliate spoke on the collaboration – revealing that another track with Ye, Paul, Rihanna and himself is also on the way.
How did you end up working with Kanye West?
One day my homie Ricky Anderson [Kanye’s cousin] hit me up and was like, ‘Kanye wants you to come work with him in Mexico,’ so I came out there [and] we did like nine songs in one day; one of them happened to be ‘Only One.’
What was the recording process like?
[In] like 24 hours, [we recorded] seven songs or nine songs that day. I was like, ‘I’m here with Kanye, I’m not gonna waste my time.’ They really wanted me to stay for like a week, but I only had like two days, ’cause I was about to start the [Under the Influence of Music] tour.
He was open to my input, like, ‘do whatever you want to do. Here’s your mic. Do you need anything?’ I’m like ‘Awesome! Let’s get it!’
[We were] in Mexico, at this big house. The back of the house had no walls and no doors; it was just open [and facing] the ocean. You would think he would want the mic enclosed and all that but we just had the doors open, and it came out perfect. That inspired me to record like that at the crib.
Everybody [on his team] is into all the dope shit that’s out and they said that my [Beach House] project was one of them.
What did you learn from working with ‘Ye?
Just take my time and really examine what’s dope and what’s not. He reminds me of myself a lot. [He has] all the homies around, everybody being like ‘yes’ or ‘no’ [about a song]. Also, be real critical about what you do, [and] not just let anything go out there.
At first, I was wondering what he was gonna’ think and all that shit, but I was like ‘I’ma just do this like I’m doing it for myself’ and everybody fucked with it. I gave that nervous shit up a couple years back and that’s when I was able to get it pippin.’ At first, I ain’t gon’ lie, I used to be a little nervous about what people were gon’ think about my music but once I let that go, then everything started happening.
On the upcoming collab with Ye, Paul and Rihanna:
Me, Rihanna, ‘Ye and Paul [Mc Cartney] got a song about to drop as well… I heard they shot the video recently. I don’t know what the final title is, but I know it’s crazy so just be looking out for [it].
Right now I’m focussing on — since we got all his stuff done — I’m trying to get him on my album [laughs]. I’m just waiting for that date that he’s like, “Yeah cool, let’s do it.” I’m finishing up my album right now, and I definitely want to get that ‘Ye joint on there.
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