Skrillex: 'I Did Some Music With Kanye' for West's Next Album

Dubstep star also responds to criticism from Deadmau5

Skrillex and Kanye West
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August 10, 2012 9:00 AM ET

Well here's a tantalizing hint: Skrillex has collaborated with Kanye West on material for the follow-up to West's 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Skrillex mentions almost as an aside in a lengthy interview with The Daily Beast. "I did some music with Kanye and from what I know, it's actually going to be the first song on his new album," the dubstep star said.

It's not clear whether that means Track 1 or the first single, or whether anything they did will actually make the album at all: West has also reportedly worked with the producers No I.D. and S1, and it's not hard to find long, speculative lists of guests rumored to be on the album, for which neither title nor release date has been announced. West also recently unveiled the song "Perfect Bitch," which he said he wrote for girlfriend Kim Kardashian.

Skrillex also addressed criticism that Deadmau5 leveled at him earlier this summer in Rolling Stone when the DJ said that Skrillex "isn't doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he's just playing his shit."

Responded Skrillex, "Listen, I’m proud of what I do and this is not directed toward Deadmau5 personally, but if you’re going to denounce something you’re a part of . . . the thing about DJing is it’s a platform to create a vibe," he said. "It’s all about creating an effect. The Ramones played fuckin' four chords. It's about the emotion, the movement, the music you create. The 'pushing buttons' criticism is just missing the point. You could invalidate anything if you wanted to."

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