Elton John Calls Working With Young Thug an ‘Amazing Moment’ in His Career
During a recent interview with Billboard on Monday (Oct. 4), the British music legend spoke on the amazement he felt when witnessing Thug freestyle in the studio for their upcoming track "Always Love You" featuring Nicki Minaj and Gunna. The track will appear on Elton John's upcoming album, The Lockdown Sessions, to be released on Oct. 22.
The famed singer said that he was "blown away" while seemingly comparing Thug to Eminem.
"I mean, I've seen Marshall [Mathers] do it in Detroit, but I've never seen someone like Thug come in and do that," John continued. "In the end, I had to leave because I think he felt a bit intimidated that I was there and I just wanted him to relax. But it's just an amazing moment in my musical life… I have no understanding of how rap records are put together and it's fascinating to watch."
The 74-year-old singer-songwriter also shared the advice he offered to Young Thug after they met in 2018, when Thugger sampled Elton John's "Rocket Man" for the rapper's track "High."
"He wanted to meet me…and we shot the breeze for 40 minutes," John told the publication. "He said, 'What do you think? What advice would you give me?' I said, 'Did you sing in the choir?' And he said, 'Yeah, of course I sang in the choir. Gospel choir.' I said, 'Sing more. Don't just rap, sing more, because the mixture of rap and musicianship and melody is what really makes rap take off.' And he's doing that now."
As for Young Thug, his rock-influenced album, Punk, is expected to arrive on Oct. 15.