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Big Boi says he’s recorded an “incredible” collaboration with Kate Bush

By | Published on Tuesday 16 November 2021

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Outkast’s Big Boi has revealed that he has realised his lifelong dream of recording a song with Kate Bush, her first new music since 2011 album, ’50 Words For Snow’.

Speaking to Mark Ronson on The Fader’s Uncovered podcast, Big Boi says: “I have a monster hit with Kate Bush that I’m just holding. It’s a dream come true and the people are going to fucking love it. It’s fucking incredible”.

The rapper has made no secret of his love for Kate Bush over the years and this collaboration has been talked about for a long time now. Back in 2012, he tweeted: “Just got off the phone with Kate Bush! Stay tuned… ooooowwww!”

No amount of howling seemed to make a collaboration actually come to fruition, however. But what you should never underestimate is what can be achieved with pester power. And also getting drunk in a village pub.

In the interview, Big Boi explains that he first properly met Bush backstage in London at one of her ‘Before The Dawn’ shows in 2014: “I get invited backstage, we have some wine and we talk”, he says. “And her kid is there, he’s about the same age as my kids, which is cool. And she signs an album for me and gives me her number”.

He goes on: “So after that, about a year or so passes, and I told her I was coming back [to the UK], I just said, ‘Hey, when can we do a song?’ I just send her a text every now and then. I talked to her on the phone, ‘Hello. Hello. So lovely’. And so I came back and she’s like, ‘Let’s go to dinner’. So we went and she took me to dinner to this cool little pub place where I had almond cognac. And we was both throwing them back. It was the coolest experience”.

“So we had dinner and then we’re like, ‘OK’. Her son was going off to college and she was just like, ‘OK, I’m going to try to get to something when I get my studio set back up’. And so my manager – being the great, great manager he is – he reached out to her manager a couple years ago and was like, ‘Hey, we need to make this happen'”.

“And I just so happened to have the right song that is fucking phenomenal, and sent it to her”, he adds. “And it had the words on there and she just had to sing the words. And then I wrote my verse and my boy Go Dreamer wrote her parts and wrote the hook. And it is incredible. It’s incredible”.

So, anyone looking to collaborate with Kate Bush, there’s a step-by-step guide for you. You just need to bang on about her in interviews for years; meet her and get her to give you her phone number; ask and ask and ask and ask and ask; get drunk with her; get someone else to ask too; then make it so easy for her that she can’t really refuse. It’s that simple!

Listen to the full interview here: