Todd Rundgren Voices Frustrations Working On Kanye West’s Album
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Rundgren Referred To West As “A Shoe Designer”
In a new interview with UCR, Todd Rundgren spoke about working with rapper Kanye West who once collaborated with Paul McCartney. Rundgren did a lot of work for West’s “Donda”, but none of them made it to the final cut. He amassed “three albums’ worth of Kanye stems on my computer”, but he eventually decided to bow out after about a year.
“I didn’t mind working on his gospel stuff,” Rundgren said. “If you want to sing about Jesus, go ahead, I don’t care. I’ll help ya do it, you know? If you want to sing about your troubles with your wife, go ahead and do it. I don’t care.”
“If I can contribute something, fine. If I can’t, just let me know. I’m out of here,” he continued. “There is a possibility that I’m actually in there somewhere. There’s so much junk in that record!”
Rundgren called West “a shoe designer.”
“He’s just a dilettante at this point. Nobody would regularly make records like that unless they had stupid money to throw around,” he added. “Nobody rents a stadium to make a record in. Nobody flies in the entire world of hip-hop just to croak one syllable, just so you can say that everybody was on it.”
Rundgren was brought in to work on “Donda” by 88-Keys who was a fan of Rundgren and looked forward to seeing him team up with West.