James Blake Reveals Jameela Jamil’s Role in Creating “Assume Form”

Blake says his girlfriend is much more than a muse, calling her a “a mini Rick Rubin.”

James Blake has announced that his Good Place actress girlfriend Jameela Jamil was more than just an inspiration on his latest album, Assume Form. During a Billboard video interview at this year’s ACL Festival, the British artist discussed her active role in making the record.

When asked if Jamil inspired the album, Blake responded that her role was much more than just a muse.

“She has an incredible musical instinct,” he said in the interview. “She’s kind of a mini Rick Rubin in her own way. Honestly. I’m not just saying this because she’s my girlfriend. She has a credit on the album itself. It’s not just a shout out. It’s genuine work.”

Blake expanded on the revelation via social media, elaborating on Twitter that “people focus on ‘inspired’ because the idea of the ‘muse’ is so romantic and pervasive.”

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In addition, women who help their partners with their album, being a sounding board and often their only emotional support during the process, almost invariably go uncredited, while majority male producers come in and make a tiny change to a track and they’re Mr. golden balls,” Blake expanded in further tweets. “Shout out to all the partners who selflessly placated a musician during a very self absorbed process like creating an album, who got the title ‘muse’ afterwards which basically amounts to being an object of affection while the musician exercises their ‘genius.'” 

When someone on Twitter responded to Blake’s missive with the insult “cuck,” the artist shut him down with a barbed response of his own: “If you listen to women you might actually keep one interested.”

See the tweets below.

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