Published Aug 14, 2019A working relationship between Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Kanye West was once something listeners would scratch their heads at, though it paid dividends on West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus. But ever since West strapped that godawful red ball cap to his head, things between the two haven't been the same.
In a new profile with Pitchfork, Vernon recalled a time when West took over his studio and property on the outskirts of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, for an entire week while recording The Life of Pablo in 2014. Vernon recalled appearances by Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Common and Kendrick Lamar, and some "wild" three-on-three basketball games.
The profile then notes how Vernon and West's political differences have affected their relationship:
Vernon and Kanye's idea of how to run a highly collaborative recording session may be the same, but they have drifted apart in their politics. "I can't really kick it with him anymore on a personal level, just the energy," Vernon tells me, diplomatically. "But I've got mad love for him, and we're still friends." As opposed to Kanye's infamous Trump worship, Vernon is more attracted to the progressive ideologies of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.
Elsewhere in the profile, Vernon talks taking acid, John Mayer ("I am fully in on John Mayer," Vernon says. "Hats off to that motherfucker") and much more that went into Bon Iver's new album i,i. You can read the full profile here.
i,i is out now through Jagjaguwar. Vernon and his Bon Iver bandmates are set to take the album on a massive North American tour later this year. Meanwhile, West has found some new friends in the Rick and Morty crew.