James Blake highlights the uncredited work partners do for musicians

Blake responded to the idea that girlfriend Jameela Jamil “inspired” his latest album rather than actively contributing.

October 08, 2019
James Blake highlights the uncredited work partners do for musicians James Blake and Jameela Jamil attend the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.   Emma McIntyre/Getty

James Blake has spoken out about the role a musician's romantic partner can play in the creation of new music. The conversation was sparked by a video interview teased online with a mention of how Blake's girlfriend, Good Place star Jameela Jamil, "inspired" his 2019 album Assume Form.

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Blake politely pushed back on that term in a follow-up tweet, arguing that the emotional support provided during the creative process is comparable to anything that happens in the studio. He went on to shout out anyone "who selflessly placated a musician during a very self absorbed process like creating an album."

Blake dropped Assume Form in January. The album features contributions from artists including Rosalia, Travis Scott, and Andre 3000. You can read him discussing more about the creation of the album here.

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James Blake highlights the uncredited work partners do for musicians