The New York Times writer Jon Caramanica profiled Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon which introduced us to the history of the indie folk singer-songwriter and talked about his work on Kanye West's latest LP, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
In an excerpt from the article, Mr. Vernon recalls being flown out to Hawaii to record music with Kanye after he came across the band's song "Woods" which 'Ye eventually sampled on Fantasy track, "Lost In The World." Justin Vernon also recalls becoming weed buddies with Rick Ross.
On Recording My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy:
Not long after that, Kanye West called. West had come across “Woods,” a song from “Blood Bank,” and wanted to sample it for the album he was making in Hawaii, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” He invited Vernon to Honolulu for the luxury-sleepover-camp-style recording sessions, where Vernon holed up in a small anteroom, laying down vocals for several tracks (and becoming unlikely weed buddies with the Miami rapper Rick Ross).
READ: Who, What and Where is Bon Iver? [The New York Times]
Bon Iver will release the follow-up to their 2008 album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver on June 21. You can stream the entire album below.