Tuesday, March 10, 2009

U2 Influenced By Kanye, Jay-Z, Will.I.Am

via. HHU.

"I think with Kanye, his understanding of what music, about what fashion, about what politics is — they are all each other," Bono explained. "Understanding the whole equation is understanding where your song sits in the world. Kanye knows where it sits."

The guys learned about lyrics and melodies from another hip-hop superstar: Jay-Z. "This is similar for Jay-Z. He just zones in on the text and he hangs onto the text, the words. That's his life," Bono said. "I learned that my melodies — because they were more operatic — my melodies were spoiling my chances to use a certain vocabulary."

The guys have also worked with Black Eyed Peas mastermind Will.I.Am, whom Bono called "a very important voice ... someone to watch."

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