Tabloid reports earlier this week suggested that the rapper wanted to pay tribute to the late star by recording an entire album of Bowie covers. West was among the first artists to pay tribute to Bowie online after his death and described him as “one of my most important inspirations.”
A source allegedly confirmed the plans to The Daily Star, saying about the prospective album: “Some are straightforward cover versions with Kanye actually singing. On others he is rapping with his own lyrics over Bowie’s music. He is determined to carry on David’s work as a musical innovator. He says that the torch has been passed to him.”
The speculation led to thousands of people signing an online petition aimed at stopping West from recording the Bowie tribute LP. At the time of writing, nearly 10,000 people have signed the petition.
However, celebrity news website TMZ now quotes a representative of West who has denied the reports.
NME had previously approached a representative for West regarding the tribute album rumours but did not receive a response.
The petition to stop West from covering Bowie was someway short of the 100,000 plus who signed a similar petition designed to stop West from headlining Glastonbury in 2015. The Glastonbury petition did little to change the minds of festival organisers, with Emily Eavis saying it showed the “dark underbelly of the web”.