“Oh my God, I can never do that,” says James. “I don’t know I’ve got to take an interest in it. I just feel like I need to leave it all with my fans and keep to my own little corner. I’ll say yes to anything, because I feel like if you’re going to do something I’m going to embrace it.”
But it is a different story when it comes to collaborating with the likes of Chance the Rapper. The two are currently going to work on a collaborative album. “I love his music and he’s a good friend of mine,” he says. “He’s like my brother. We’ve been doing the same things. You know, like, we go over to Miami, we’re like, ‘Hey, I’ll do something together.’ He’s like, ‘No. Don’t do it. Come on.’ And I go, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ And then for him to say no, I don’t know that was a good time.”
So what is he doing now that he’s been working with Chance for two years? “Well, I guess I’m a musician,” he chuckles lightly. “It’s cool the way things work out, you know? All I’m here for is music, and to be honest with you I might not even be on the radio until I’m done having a blast with The Weeknd. You know, and then I’ll put out another record, maybe one that’s more commercial and more of my thing.” In the meantime, he still does stand-up and takes part in festivals like New York’s Rock in Rio, but when I ask again about a possible collaboration, he shrugs and says, “He’s been in my song a bunch of different ways.”
That may be the most telling question of all because, if James has it his way, The Weeknd himself is a contender to become the next Big Star. Not only does he have this particular skill set and his popularity is certainly rising fast, but he has already started working with people like Chance, and it’s only going to get bigger with an upcoming film soundtrack by The Weeknd and his label.
And then there’s the fact that James is the father, and the husband, and the one who will be there for his son when he wants him to go into the world. “It’s actually all very simple,” he says. “When you have children, as a parent you’re in charge
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