The 50-year-old musician believes the rapper enslisted the rocker on ‘FourFiveSeconds’ just to make headlines.
Damon Albarn has accused Kanye West of abusing Paul McCartney’s trust by recording a collaboration for self-serving reasons.
Kanye, Paul and Rihanna teamed up to record “FourFiveSeconds” together in 2015 – although the former Beatle’s voice barely featured on the track.
In an interview with France’s L’Obs magazine, Damon slammed the hip-hop star – accusing him of using Paul to get publicity.
“It’s rude. Ce n’est pas bien (it’s not good),” Damon said. “I have a problem with this abusive collaboration: we’re talking about Paul McCartney, anyway! Kanye West thinks only about Kanye West, uses a name to make headlines, to say ‘McCartney is in my song’, and puts McCartney in the video but not the song itself. What’s more, he puts McCartney in the video of the song, (in which he plays guitar) but not in the song itself.”
The “Blur” rocker, who has collaborated with the likes of De La Soul, Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, and Noel Gallagher with his animated group Gorillaz, even texted the music legend to warn him not to work with Kanye.
Damon added: “Before he decided to work with Kanye West, I sent a text message to McCartney saying, ‘beware’, but he ignored it, he does what he wants, it’s Paul McCartney…Kanye West is one of those people who feed on other people.”
Paul’s vocals do appear briefly on the song, which he co-wrote with the Jesus Walks rapper and several other musicians – as he makes a goblin noise that can be heard in the background.
The “Blackbird” singer has spoken positively of the song himself, telling the BBC that he was impressed with the way Kanye took one of his melodies and made it sound “seriously urban”.
“FourFiveSeconds” was a critical and commercial success – reaching number four in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and earning a spot in several publications ‘best songs of the year’ lists for 2015.
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