John Cale working on new album inspired by Chance The Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples

The LP is due out this spring.

John Cale has worn his hip-hop influences on his sleeve for many years, revealing his love of Snoop Dogg, Andre 3000, Earl Sweatshirt and Chance The Rapper and praising the “sophistication” of hip-hop over rock ‘n’ roll.

The former Velvet Underground member has now revealed the influence of his current rap favorites on his forthcoming album, due in spring, in an interview with Savages’ Jhenny Beth on Beats 1. As well as namechecking Chance and Earl, Cale says the as-yet-untitled record bears the influence of Chance collaborator Donnie Trumpet, Vince Staples, Domo Genesis and super-producer Mike WiLL Made-It.

The Velvet Underground co-founder – who on May 26 will perform the band’s debut 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico in full in Liverpool and New York – has released 16 solo albums to date, and has produced albums by Patti Smith, the Modern Lovers, the Stooges and the Happy Mondays.

His last studio album was 2016’s M:FANS – a reworking of his 1982 LP Music For a New Society.