9:00am PT by Chris Gardner
Mary J. Blige Dishes on Her First-Ever Kanye West Collaboration for New Album: "The Song is Crazy"
It's true: Mary J. Blige and Kanye West collaborated on a track for her upcoming new album.
The performer, who is currently in New Orleans filming a role in the indie drama Mudbound opposite Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund for director Dee Rees, confirmed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she did, in fact, do a song with West. But she won't say what it's called.
"I don't want to give up the name of the song yet, but the album is mostly complete," Blige teases to THR. "But I absolutely got a chance to work with the great Kanye West. And the song is crazy — I can't wait for people to hear it."
News first slipped out about their collaboration after Blige's A&R Eddie Fourcell told the Arbiters of A&R podcast that her new album could feature a West song. No announcement has been made yet about a release date for Blige's new album, her first since 2014's London Sessions. But other artists who are expected on the disc are Hit-Boy, DJ Camper, B.A.M. and Jazmine Sullivan, the latter of whom told Billboard in May that she recorded a song with Blige.
And while she wouldn't divulge the title, Blige, who turned heads earlier this year playing Evillene in NBC's The Wiz Live!, did cough up a few details about what it sounds like.
"The flavor of the track starts off with piano keys. It’s very dramatic in the beginning and it goes into a loud horn. That is, like an old sample horn," she said. "And then this gigantic beat kicks in and I sing. He rhymes after my two verses. It's incredible. He kills it. I wish I could give you the title, you’d flip but I just can’t do it yet."
Fair enough. But be prepared to flip sometime in the coming months.