Aphex Twin interviews are rare gems. But with the release of SYRO, his first full length album in 13 years due out in September, the electronic music god has been making media rounds discussing everything from new music to past collaborations, including the time Kanye West tried to steal the piano line off of ‘Avril 14th’ for ‘Blame Game’ and pass it off as his own. LOL. Were finances really that hard, ‘Ye?
During a sit down with Pitchfork, when asked about the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy collab, Aphex Twin keeps it real and airs out West’s shady sampling ways:
“On Kanye samplingDrukqs’ “Avril 14th” on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s “Blame Game”: “Is it a sample? I actually don’t know what it ended up being in the end, I’m so slack. I know that he tried to fucking rip me off and claim that he’d written it, and they tried to get away with not paying. I was really helpful, and when they first sent it to me, I was like, ‘Oh, I can re-do that for you, if you like,’ because they’d sampled it really badly and time-stretched it and there was loads of artifacts. I was like, ‘I’ll just replay it for you at that speed if you want.’ And they totally didn’t even say ‘hello’ or ‘thanks,’ they just replied with, ‘It’s not yours, it’s ours, and we’re not even asking you any more.’” [laughs]“
Not sure what we’re more surprised with, West’s attempt to #ByeFelicia the original composer, or the fact that he didn’t respond in ALL KANYE KAPS LOCK.