Rap pioneer Pete Rock confirmed the fact that he was recently in Hawaii working in the studio with Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West.
Although he did not say his work was related to Ye’s upcoming Good A** Job production, Rock said the rapper has already begun rapping over his beats.
“I mean, I’m working with him,” Rock told radio host Peter Rosenberg. “That’s all I can say is that I’m working with him. I went out [to Hawaii.] It’s beautiful man, like, he just feels like a little brother to me. You know what I’m saying? Like, my little brother that’s doing it. And we got along just fine. He’s definitely hip-hop, his roots, I was testing him on joints…He takes it to another level which is dope. He had these musicians and this song, they played around my little raggedy beat and made it real [big]. I love the way he works — he goes from one room, writing rhymes then goes to another beat and goes to another room and does something else — I love what he’s done, I always thought he was clever. I used to bug out over the ego thing but once you get to know him, it’s like ‘Oh, okay, he’s a sweetheart.’ [laughs] We got along just well.” (Noisemakers)
Q-Tip recently confirmed his involvement on West’s album.
“I just try to work with people who I admire or whom I think has got it,” he revealed in an interview. “So right now I’m working on Nas‘ sh*t, about to work with Kanye on his sh*t. Just trying to keep up my momentum. I’m about to work with Talib [Kweli] on his project. I been trying to work with [Jay-Z] for a while so hopefully he’ll realize the heat I got and come with it [laughs].” (Brooklyn Bodega)
Based on new reports, the follow-up to 2008’s 808’s & Heartbreak is coming out in June.
Kanye West is ensconced in his Diamond Head, Hawaii home and recording studio, putting the final touches on his forthcoming album with guest rappers like Q-Tip, RZA and Pete Rock, numerous reports have confirmed. A source close to the project — which is tentatively titled “Good A** Job” according to G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean — says it will be released in June. (Billboard)
West’s artist, Big Sean, has shared his thoughts on the rapper’s upcoming album.
“I feel like Kanye’s albums are always groundbreaking and I’m sure he’s gonna do that with his next project,” he said in an interview. “It’s great. It’s hip-hop. I feel like Kanye always does a great job of reinventing himself and I want him to shock the world. People are going to love it.” (Rap-Up)
Check out Pete Rock speaking about Kanye West below: