*Kanye West is in his Diamond Head, Hawaii home and recording studio wrapping up work on his forthcoming album “Good Ass Job,” which is due in June featuring collaborations with Q-Tip, RZA and Pete Rock.
Q-Tip confirmed his participation in an interview with Brooklyn Bodega. “I just try to work with people who I admire or whom I think has got it,” he told the website. “So right now I’m working on Nas’ sh*t, about to work with Kanye on his sh*t.”
Roc4Life.com reported that both RZA and Pete Rock were in Hawaii recently recording with Kanye. RZA appeared onstage at a Nas concert in Honolulu on March 19 and a tweet from former Senior VP of A&R at LOUD Records Schott Free suggests that Pete Rock was in Hawaii with Kanye as well. On March 9, Free told Pete Rock, “Enjoy Hawaii, I’m sure you and Kanye’ are killing it” and then wrote “@QtipTheAbstract on his weezy! Hot.”
Pete Rock took to Twitter to deny that he was working with Kanye and claimed his trip was “just a vacation,” though he did allude to a secret project in response to Free, writing “Pls dont mention that on here scott,its all goody but i gotta keep a closed lid on it.”
In the past, artists who’ve joined Kanye in the studio have been sworn to secrecy, according to producer No I.D., who has been confirmed as one of West’s collaborators.