Will Smith says Kanye West has been helping him return to music

The actor and former rapper last released 'Lost and Found' in 2005

Will Smith has confirmed that he has been collaborating on new material with Kanye West.

The actor and rapper confirmed in 2013 that he was working with West. After they had been photographed together in a studio in Brazil, Smith went on record as saying that he had been “messing around with Kanye”. He added: “We went to the studio a couple times”.

Now, according to the Press Association, Smith is contemplating ending his 10-year long hiatus.


“I went into the studio with Kanye. I’m thinking about it. I’m exploring,” he told reporters at the screening of his new film ‘Focus’ in London this week.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet but I’m exploring. I’m in a creative ceiling. My son tells me I have to write out the things I don’t like. I can’t write and stop, I have to keep going and going and write them out. I’ve never worked like that before but I think I might give that a shot.”

Will Smith last released an album in 2005 with fourth studio LP ‘Lost And Found’.

Meanwhile, Kanye West has told Ryan Seacrest in a radio interview that he’s full of ‘angst’ like John Lennon.

West was commenting on working with Paul McCartney on recent tracks ‘FourFiveSeconds’ and ‘Only One’, saying: “We just went in and we vibed out. As you can see, I might be a little bit more ‘angst’ than Paul. And remember the last time when Paul had somebody really ‘angst’ working with him, the type of music they made?”

Speaking on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, via Rolling Stone, he explained that he wasn’t directly comparing himself to the late Beatle, John Lennon. “Hey, everyone, America, I’m not comparing myself to John Lennon,” he said. “I’m just saying I’m ‘angst’ a bit like John Lennon. And the tension, the ‘salt and pepper’. I mean, maybe that’s bad because it sounds like ‘black and white’, but the tension creates a new magic. The pressure creates the diamond from the coal. And he came in with the best vibes ever. And I said, ‘Four, five seconds from wildin’,’ and he said, ‘It’s great, everyone.’ And we just had that.”


West also revealed that he and Taylor Swift are set to record new music together. “Yeah, she wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely gonna go in,” he said. The two musicians were photographed together at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 8), showing that they’d patched things up following their infamous fall-out at the MTV VMAs in 2009, when West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech to argue that the Best Video award should have gone to BeyoncĂ©.