The hip-hop rappers sampled Manzanera’s song ‘K-Scope’ on their ‘Watch The Throne’ collaborative track ‘No Church In The Wild’ in 2011. However, the musician claims to have not been paid yet.
“I’m owed six figures,” Manzanera told The Independent. “Six figures plus, which is more than I’ve made in the past 15 years with Roxy. I haven’t got paid yet but it really reassured me about all of my beliefs, why I’m doing what I’m doing and the power of music. Things come and go – fame, fortune – I’m not interested in that. I just do what I do because I love music but it felt like someone, somewhere up there in the ether, has said: ‘You know what? You’ve been doing stuff for ages, had ups and downs – you can have that now.'”
Manzanera also says how the request from Jay Z and Kanye took him by complete surprise.
He recalled: “Even I had completely forgotten about that track, so I wondered how the hell did they find this riff from this obscure album? I looked into it and I found a film on YouTube of Jay Z and Kanye recording in a hotel suite in New York. There’s a guy called 88-Keys who is friends with Kanye West and he looks round record shops, digging through old bits of vinyl. I think he was going through the bargain bin of a vinyl shop and came across it.”
He added: “The genius thing is, they slowed it down. What nobody knows is that it’s not just a guitar playing. I’ve got this huge harmonica: it’s about a foot long and you blow this one note along with the first beat of every bar and it creates this weird sort of slightly sinister riff. When it’s slowed down, that combined with that guitar low note creates this very special sound.”
Listen to both ‘K-Scope’ and ”No Church In The Wild’ beneath.
The Change.org petition was set up after the announcement that West will headline the Saturday night of this year’s festival. The original petition read: “Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment. Kanye has been very outspoken on his views on music….he should listen to his own advice and pass his headline slot on to someone deserving! Lets prevent this musical injustice now!”
Speaking exclusively to NME, the man behind the petition, Neil Lonsdale, said: “Glastonbury needs upbeat major artists. Glastonbury is an institution. It is expected that it has the biggest names. The biggest performers. Kanye does not represent that.” He added: “I fought the temptation to scream and instead opted to hurl my iPhone across the room. Two years ago we had The Rolling Stones playing the Saturday night, and this year we get Kanye West? It’s an outrage!”
Lonsdale also revealed that he’s never been to Glastonbury before.
Festival organiser Emily Eavis has since reacted to the petition, saying that it represents the “dark underbelly of the web.” “Who are those people silently shouting in disgust, throwing out threats from behind their screens? It certainly isn’t pleasant to be on the receiving end of that. I can’t even imagine how it makes Kanye feel,” she wrote. Eavis explained that only four more requests for ticket refunds were made than the previous week following the announcement earlier this week that West would headline the event in June.