“Don’t get me started on Kanye West,” Albarn told French Magazine Nouvel Obs.
“I’ve got a problem with that abusive collaboration. Kanye West trapped Paul McCartney.”
He added: “I see Paul McCartney in the video. But I don’t hear Paul McCartney on the track”.
Now, McCartney has responded for the first time – admitting that he’s always been a fan of following unexpected routes.
“I love the respect someone like Damon is attributing to me, but I’m not that fussed,” McCartney told GQ.
“If I want to go somewhere else from where I normally go or where I’m expected to go, I’ll go. And if I enjoy it, that’s enough for me. The great thing is, all sorts of hysterical things come out of it. I mean, there’s a lot of people think Kanye discovered me. And that’s not a joke.”
McCartney was also asked if he remembered receiving a text from Albarn that told him to “beware” of working with Kanye.
“He might have. I don’t remember”, he responded. “But I wouldn’t listen to him. I don’t listen to people.”
After working with Kanye on the track, the rapper also offered to produce McCartney’s latest album ‘Egypt Station’ – an offer that was politely turned down.
“I kind of knew what direction I wanted to go in. And I knew that would be very different from where Kanye would go with it”, he admitted.