Kanye West collaborator on hip-hop project with Marcus Mumford: ‘It’s going to sound dope’

Mumford & Sons singer is learning to 'chop up beats' with producer 88-Keys

Rap producer and Kanye West collaborator 88-Keys has discussed his upcoming hip-hop project with Mumford and Sons frontman Marcus Mumford.

Speaking recently to NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Mumford claimed that he is learning to “chop up beats” with producer and rapper 88-Keys.

Now, in interview with NME, 88-Keys has described how the team-up came to be. “I got an email from a really good friend of mine called Izzy [Izvor Zivkovic], who also manages my best friend Kanye West,” the producer began. “He told me Marcus [Mumford] is part of the band Mumford & Sons. I’ve always seen their name around but I’ve never actually listened to any of their music, only because I’m really tuned out of pretty much anything current, music wise.”

88-Keys continued: “I met up with [Mumford], he came over to my studio… We started kicking around ideas of us joining forces, if you will… I can tell you what it’s going to sound like, it’s going to sound dope as fuck… It’s going to be he and I involved in it… He obviously brings a lot to the table as well. The masses obviously love what he does. Not to sound cliché but I would say that the possibilities are endless.”

The New York native also stated that he worked on a project with Mumford that the whole band were involved in.

He revealed: “I did co-production and programming for the song that they were all working on. They were pleasantly surprised, I’ll say that. From what I gather, they were all taken back. Winston [Marshall] specifically said that they wished that they had met me earlier, while they were working on this current album because, out of his mouth, he said I would have saved them about three months of work.”

88-Keys also told NME that he wants the project to be “challenging”, going as far as saying that he would be open to the idea of Mumford rapping. “As far as like actual rapping, at this moment who knows,” he admitted. “We may just go into the studio and literally start from scratch and just get crazy. I’m up for doing anything challenging. The one thing that I could 100 per cent guarantee is that people will love it. People may not expect it, but they will definitely love it once it’s made and available for consumption.”

Mumford & Sons’ third album ‘Wilder Mind’ comes out on May 4, following on from 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’ and 2012’s ‘Babel’. Earlier today (April 20), the band revealed a live video for their track ‘Snake Eyes’.