Australian singer and songwriter Nick Cave has bluntly shut down rumours of that he’s planning a collaboration with rapper Kanye West.
In a new blog post on his website The Red Hand Files, a fan by the name of Vassilis asked Cave, “Is it true that Kanye’s new album is delayed because you both took the last-minute decision to include a track you have been working on together?”
Usually penning lengthy responses to the questions sent to his website, Cave instead answered with a far more succinct: “Dear Vassilis, No. Love, Nick.”
Kanye West’s album Donda was originally set to be released on July 24th, though there has been no explanation given by the rapper for the delay.
It could be due to the hip-hop star’s busy schedule amid his campaign for the 2020 US Presidential election, though the “Use This Gospel” hitmaker has already missed the deadline to appear on the ballot in many states.
Nick Cave, on the other hand, has been using his extra downtime during the COVID pandemic to answer various questions from fans, discussing everything from suffering writer’s block to his favourite books.
Recently, he gave his thoughts on the concept of ‘cancel culture’, which he claims “hampers the creative spirit of a society and strikes at the complex and diverse nature of its culture.”
“Political correctness has grown to become the unhappiest religion in the world,” the artist wrote in the post.
“Its once honourable attempt to reimagine our society in a more equitable way now embodies all the worst aspects that religion has to offer (and none of the beauty) — moral certainty and self-righteousness shorn even of the capacity for redemption,” he continued, adding, “It has become quite literally, bad religion run amuck.”
Cave went on to explain that cancel culture’s “refusal to engage with uncomfortable ideas has an asphyxiating effect on the creative soul of a society.”