Here’s a quote that’s out of the blue: Grammy-award winning band Mumford & Sons has expressed a desire to experiment with different sounds this time around, including hip-hop, according to Rolling Stone.
Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford told Rolling Stone of the band’s desire to rap, seeking out veteran rapper Jay-Z for input and how the band practices rapping in a backstage practice room during their tour.
“We really want to rap,” he told Rolling Stone. “We’ve just got so much to say – saying it through a melody doesn’t really work for me. We’ve been talking with Jay-Z about it, you know. It’s gonna be a fresh experience for our band.”
Although the article says they practice rapping and have cited Jay-Z as a source of knowledge, it’s hard to tell if they’re serious or having some fun with the press. And don’t get too excited to see them trading in a bass drum for an 808 sample anytime soon—banjo player Winston Marshall made sure to note that Mumford & Sons’ third album will take longer to produce, “a few more years than it took to make Babel.”