Tricky says he wouldn’t work with ‘arrogant’ Damon Albarn again

He also says he wouldn't shake hands with David Cameron or Barack Obama for a million pounds
Tricky has said that he wouldn’t work with Blur‘s Damon Albarn again, branding the frontman and solo artist “arrogant”.

In a new documentary for FACT TV – which you can watch above – the Bristol musician discussed working with Albarn, when the pair collaborated for his 1996 LP ‘Nearly God’, however the song they made together was not included on the final release.

“I wouldn’t work with Damon Albarn again,” commented Tricky. “We were walking through Leeds and we were in this fucked up area and I looked around and I said, ‘These kids got nothing’, and he said to me, ‘They’ve got us’ and I just thought, ‘These kids are going in and out of jail they ain’t go no money, how are we, especially, you… maybe you could say that about me, but I haven’t got that arrogance to say… these kids they’ve got nothing, they’re out hustling, but they got me’ – I wouldn’t be that arrogant.”

Tricky recently released his 10th studio album, ‘Adrian Thaws’. The follow-up to 2013’s ‘False Idols’, the self-produced album is the second on Tricky’s own label, also called False Idols. Self-produced at Tricky’s London home studio, guests include Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Oh Land, Bella Gotti, Blue Daisy and Tirzah.

During the new interview, as well as saying, “I don’t really give a fuck about Massive Attack”, Tricky laid into musicians who associate with politicians. “Now you’ve got Bono hanging out with the Pope and Obama. As a musician to hang out with a politician, I think it’s disgusting. David Cameron? Obama? I wouldn’t shake their hand for £1,000,000.”