It’s no secret that John Cale is a fan of hip hop, informing Salon in an interview last year that “there’s much more sophistication, and better production, in hip-hop than in regular rock ‘n’ roll records.” Speaking with Jhenny Beth of Savages in a recent interview on her Beats 1 radio show, The Velvet Underground co-founder revealed the influence hip hop will have on his currently untitled forthcoming album.
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According to the interview, the album is scheduled for “next spring” and will be inspired by the work of rappers such as Vince Staples, the solo work of former Odd Future collaborators Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis, Chance the Rapper and his collaborator Donnie Trumpet of The Social Experiment, as well as producer Mike WiLL Made-It.
The Welsh born musician left The Velvet Underground in 1968 and has released over 30 albums since debuting with ‘Vintage Violence’ in 1970. Alongside classic works like ‘Paris 1919’ and ‘Fear’, he has also released a wide selection of live LP’s, compilations, film soundtracks and collaborative efforts with the likes of Terry Riley, Brian Eno and former Velvet Underground co-founder Lou Reed.
In May, John Cale will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his former band’s classic 1967 debut ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ by performing the album its entirety at two exclusive shows in Liverpool and New York. Commercially unsuccessful when originally released, the album, with its iconic Andy Warhol designed cover, went on to become one of the most famous releases of the 20th century. It will be performed with yet to be revealed “special guests“.