Lists: Kanye West's five strangest collaborations
By Allison Stewart
The news that Kanye West's new disc will include at least one track recorded with bearded hipster deity Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) got Click Track thinking about 'Ye's history of random collaborations.
Thanks to his enduring combination of shamelessness and plugged-in-ness, West is an expert at seeking out mutually beneficial collaborations with artists in other genres who are slightly less famous, and slightly more cool, than he. This is something we've always liked about him, though admittedly, it doesn't explain his threatened teaming with Justin Bieber. Not sure what's going on there.
We've itemized some of West's more unorthodox pairings below. Not included: The upcoming Yeezy/T-Swift rematch at this year's VMAs. Brace yourselves, people: You know it's coming.
1. Kanye and Patti Labelle: "Anything"
Well-intentioned, but awkward. From Labelle's 2006 devotional album, "The Gospel According to Patti Labelle."
2. Kanye and Takashi Murakami: "Good Morning"
The beloved Japanese artist (and fellow Louis Vuitton designer) animated West's best video, and created the album art (we think it's a vomiting astronaut?) for "Graduation."
(Kanyeezy and the guy from Coldplay, after the jump)
4. Kanye and Chris Martin: "Homecoming"
The Coldplay frontman had already collaborated with Jay-Z by the time this track was released, so he was already superstar-rapper-approved. It shouldn't work-it's busy and the melody is all over the place-but it does.
5. Kanye and Bon Iver: Untitled Song To Be Released Some Time In The Future. Or Not.
We haven't even heard this collaboration, mostly because it may not exist yet, but just the mere idea of it is enough to earn it a spot on our list. What we're guessing it will sound like: lots of choral-inspired, looped vocals (does Bon Iver even do anything else? He should work on that.) and, if the recent remix of "Power" is any guide, shout-outs to John Cheever.
August 25, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
Categories: Lists | Tags: Bon Iver, Coldplay, Kanye West
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