Labrinth cut Ed Sheeran song from album
Rapper Labrinth has revealed he spent time in the studio with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, but decided not to use anything from the session - much to the disappointment of his record label.
Labrinth axed an Ed Sheeran collaboration from his album because he didn't "believe in" it.
The 25-year-old star spent some time in the studio with the singer-songwriter, but the session didn't prove fruitful and - much to the disappointment of Syco Records - he decided not to use anything they came up with together.
He told The Independent newspaper: "Ed and I got into the studio for two days, but it didn't work out. I don't think it's worth putting out something that I don't 100 per cent believe in ... The label are a bit aggrieved.
"But they know that this album has to be a Labrinth album first - that people have to hear me as an artist ... The collaborations are gonna come.
"After this album I want to work with a lot of people. But I stand by the idea that it's a cop-out when people put 'features' on their album 'cause it makes it sound interesting."
Commenting on the trend of pop artists recruiting big names to perform vocals or help them pen singles, he admitted while it might've been beneficial "lucratively and commercially" to work with Ed, it's not the direction he wants to go in.
He explained: "Of course Ed's got 10 million Twitter followers - lucratively and commercially anyone would say I'm stupid for not using the track. Maybe Ed would say I was insane!
"But if I'm saying 'Take Me to the Truth', then don't lie ... You've got to live and die by your decisions. And if it means it's detrimental [to my career], then f**k it man, I made the music I wanted to make. That's the way I see it."