Should we start calling Elton John “Sir E-Jeezy?”
During a recent sit down with Rolling Stone, the legendary singer–whose credits include Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” and unreleased work with Eminem– revealed his rap aspirations, which include infusing hip-hop into his iconic work.
“I’d love to,” the multitalented musician said when asked about going urban. “I just don’t know how to do it. I do love electronica. So, for me, I’d have to work with someone who knows about it, like a Pharrell or a Kanye, who I respect tremendously. I’d love to do that. It’s just a matter of when and where and, should I do it, the mood that I’m in. You can never tell. It’s happenstance and luck, basically.”
John also gave props to Kanye, juxtaposing his early work to the controversial rapper.
“Yeah. 808s & Heartbreak came out of left field and just blew my mind,” John said. “I was like, ‘What?’ And then each album he does is a little different. With us, Elton John was different than Tumbleweed Connection, and Madman Across the Water was different from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. We tried to change with each record. When I did Rock of the Westies, it was a heavier sound. Then I did Blue Moves, which was probably my most sophisticated record. But, yeah, I love Kanye because he’s not afraid of taking a chance and pushing barriers. Working with people like that is something that I really enjoy.”
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