Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Kanye West is recording a Bowie tribute album - and believes he is his successor

kanye1.jpg

One thing you can say about Kanye West: he's not a man short of confidence.

With his new album SWISH due any time now, he's already decided on his next musical project: a David Bowie tribute album to continue the legacy of the legendary artist's work.

According to the Daily Star, Kanye has been in the studio recording a range of cover versions of the star's hits. A source said: "Some are straightforward cover versions with Kanye actually singing. On others he is rapping with his own lyrics over Bowie's music."

Not only is the rapper planning this tribute, he feels that he is next in line to take over the boundary-pushing work of the late artist, who died last week. The source added: "He is determined to carry on David's work as a musical innovator. He says that the torch has been passed to him."

Before your cynicism rises to dangerous levels, it seems that Kanye has been a long-term fan of Bowie, and he sent a heartfelt tweet upon hearing of his death.

Despite claiming that he was the "greatest living rockstar on the planet" during his Glastonbury headline slot last summer, we're not quite sure he's in the class of old Ziggy.

However, did the great man himself predict West as the saviour of rock 'n' roll many years ago? Take a look at the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars and see if you can spot anything...

Ziggy Stardust

For an impression of how Kanye might go about singing some of Bowie's work, here's a recent example of the rapper covering another member of British music royalty.

(Image: Rex)

Related

Kanyequiz.jpg

Who said it: Kanye West or David Brent?

bowie1.jpg

This 1967 letter from Bowie to a fan is excellent

bowie1.jpg

Can you complete the lyrics to Bowie's most famous songs?

bowie1.jpg

How Bowie predicted the future of music in 2002

rexfeatures_1623952a.jpg

25 Bowie looks that proved he was the ultimate style icon

lastshadowpuppets.jpg

The 20 albums you need to hear in 2016

Comments

More

Check out the exclusive euphoric new video from Tom Chaplin

Here's the promo for 'Still Waiting'

16 Jan 2017

David Bowie's most glorious rejections

Highly selective, and all the better for it

10 Jan 2017

The 17 albums you need in hear in 2017

Get your ears ready for these

by Dave Fawbert
09 Jan 2017

Can You Name 99 Songs From The 90s By A Single Video Screenshot?

09 Jan 2017

The KLF are coming back and this is why you should be excited

‘Transcentral, eternity, sheep’

by Dave Fawbert
05 Jan 2017

The biggest selling UK debut album of 2016 is pretty depressing

Even BRIT Award winner Jack Garratt couldn't top it

by Dave Fawbert
04 Jan 2017

This is the story behind that Bowie mugshot (and what happened next)

by Joe Ellison
01 Jan 2017

If there is any justice in the world this song will be Christmas No. 1

Chip Pan on Fire is the chart-topper we need

by Dave Fawbert
20 Dec 2016

The greatest alternative Christmas playlist

Festive (but not explicitly festive) tunes that you can hammer all year

by Tristan Cross
09 Dec 2016

Bear's Den's Ultimate Playlist

Indie folk Londoners reveal the songs they love

09 Dec 2016