When Eminem and Elton John performed “Stan” together at the 2001 Grammys it was an epic moment in music history. Bringing two artists from different musical genres and backgrounds together proved that music really can knock down barriers.
Since then the two artists have become good friends. John is credited with helping Slim overcome his drug addiction.
Now it looks like the music icon may be working on a big collaboration with another hip hop artist from America.
The FADER reports that Young Thug and the English singer/songwriter could be cooking up a modern day remake of John’s 1972 classic record, “Rocket Man.”
Following a FaceTime conversation set up by Lyor Cohen, the CEO of Thugger’s recording home, 300 Entertainment, John sent the song’s instrumental to the rapper.
Thug laid down vocals and killed it.
“It’s all the instrumental, the guitar, piano; and Thug is not rapping, he’s singing,” a source told The FADER. “It’s really ambient and amazing.”
During an interview with Noisey in December 2015, John admitted to being a fan of Thug’s music and fashion sense.
Ok, I say, let’s talk about Young Thug.
Have you listened to him? I feel like he’s someone bringing a real sense of the outlandishness to hip-hop.
I love that record! I actually asked [Universal Music CEO] David Joseph about it. I heard a track on Beats 1 and I loved it so much. But he’s got himself into trouble, hasn’t he?
Kind of, he was alleged to have plotted to assassinate Lil Wayne, but I think he’s fine now. Within the hip-hop community he gets stick for his outfits because he’ll wear Gucci leather dresses and leopard print two-pieces. I thought you could identify with that a bit.
I love all of that, it’s unexpected. I remember when Blind Faith came out, with a nude girl and John & Yoko, you had to buy it in a black plastic bag. And you should be able to do things like that but we don’t live in that kind of world anymore.
What are your thoughts on this possible collaboration?