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Kate Bush has recorded a “monster hit” collaboration with Outkast’s Big Boi

Big Boi says the track will arrive "whenever I think they deserve it"

By Will Richards

Kate Bush
Kate Bush. Credit: Press.

Outkast‘s Big Boi has revealed that he has written and recorded a new collaboration with Kate Bush, which he calls a “monster hit”.

The song, which will be released “whenever I think [fans] deserve it” according to the rapper, is also set to feature an NFT (non-fungible token) element.

Speaking to Mark Ronson on The FADER Uncovered podcast, Big Boi revealed the collaboration, saying that it’s a “dream come true” for him and that the people are going to fucking love it. It’s fucking incredible.”

Discussing the origins of the collaboration, Big Boi revealed that he met Bush in London in 2014 when Outkast were on their reunion tour and Bush was playing her Before The Dawn residency at Hammersmith Apollo.

“I got tickets, me and my wife, and we went to go see her show that she had, played the live shows,” he said. “And so from there, I get invited backstage, we have some wine and we talk. And her kid is there, he’s about the same age as my kids, which is cool. And she signs an album for me and give me her number.

“So after that, about a year or so pass, and I told her I was coming back, I just said, ‘Hey, when can we do a song?’ Just send her a text every now and then. I talked to her on the phone, ‘Hello. Hello. So lovely.’ And so I came back and she’s like, ‘Let’s go to dinner.’ So we went and she took me to dinner to this cool little pub place where I had almond cognac. And we was both throwing them back. It was the coolest experience.”

He added: “So we had dinner and then we’re like okay. Her son was going off to college and she was just like, ‘Okay, I’m going to try to get to something when I get my studio set back up.’ And so my manager, being the great, great manager he is, he reached out to her manager a couple years ago and was like, ‘Hey, we need to make this happen.’

“And I just so happened to have the right song that is fucking phenomenal, and sent it to her. And it had the words on there and she just had to sing the words. And then I wrote my verse and my boy Go Dreamer wrote her parts and wrote the hook. And it is incredible. It’s incredible.”

Big Boi has been teasing the collaboration since as early as 2012, when he told fans to “stay tuned” regarding a song with Bush, before teasing it once again last year.