Madonna has revealed Kanye West got so excited about working on her track ‘Illuminati’ he climbed up onto the soundboard and jumped up and down.
The 56-year-old singing star rush-released six tracks from her new album ‘Rebel Heart’ on Saturday (20.12.14) after unfinished demos from the record leaked online earlier in the week, and has now spoken about the making of one of the tracks, ‘Illuminati’, which was produced by Kanye.
Talking about the rapper’s excitement for the song, she said: “When I played a lot of my songs that were unproduced for Kanye, that song resonated with him. He loved the melody, and he was actually jumping up and down on the soundboard.”
The song – in which she name checks stars who conspiracy theorists believe run the world such as Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth – later went on to become one of the ‘Hung Up’ hitmaker’s favourite tracks, but was concerned the 37-year-old musician may hurt himself while he was working on it.
She continued: “He literally stood on top of the mixing board — we were worried he was going to hit his head on the ceiling, but he didn’t. He ended up being very excited about that track, and then he added his spin to it, musically, and I love it. To me, he elevated the lyrics with the music. It’s like a siren, alerting people.”
The star also spoke about how she was inspired to write the track because of people’s ignorance around who and what the Illuminati were.
She explained to RollingStone.com: “‘Illuminati’ was a song I’d written back in March or April. People are always using the word Illuminati but they’re always referencing it in an incorrect way. People often accuse me of being a member of the Illuminati and I think in today’s pop culture the Illuminati is perceived as a group of powerful, successful people who are working behind the scenes to control the universe. Not people with consciousness, not people who are enlightened.”