Jack White’s collaborations go far beyond the likes of Neil Young and Loretta Lynn. According to the upcoming Rolling Stone cover story, White was in collaborative talks with both Kanye West and Jay Z, though nothing came to fruition.
Kanye West apparently asked White to collaborate on last year’s “Yeezus,” though Ye never followed up on White’s submissions. White was disappointed, as he came away from the Yeezus Tour feeling pretty inspired: “That might have been the greatest show I’ve seen in my life… It was more punk, more in-your-face than anything I’ve seen.”
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White says he “worked on several unfinished tracks” with Jay Z, which never saw the light of day. “I’m not sure he liked them,” White says.
Back in 2010, White announced he’d done an “incredible” song with Jay. “I played him something that I’ve been kicking around for a while and he immediately came out with words for it. It’s unbelievable-sounding,” White told UK GQ. The article also claims Mark Ronson attempted to have White record a song with Andre 3000 back in 2004.
Last year, White’s Third Man Records released the vinyl edition of Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” along with the vinyl soundtrack of “The Great Gatsby,” which Jay Z commissioned.
But one artist White won’t be collaborating with any time soon is the Black Keys. In a recent interview, Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney remarked that White “obviously sounds like an asshole,” in reference to e-mails TMZ leaked from the rocker last year. White accused the Black Keys of copying him and has tried to have his children removed from classes at the same Nashville private school attended by the kids of Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach.
White’s second solo album, “Lazaretto,” drops June 10 via Third Man.