James Blake doesn’t like it when female partners of male musicians are thought of as merely a “muse” or “inspiration.” He thinks they’re an integral part of the recording process and should be credited as such!
Blake took to Twitter to complain about a tweet from Billboard regarding an interview he gave them. Billboard’s tweet read: “Backstage at ACL Music Festival, @jamesblake discusses his latest album ‘Assume Form,’ how his girlfriend Jameela Jamil inspired the record, and teases new music. #ACLFest”
“Not just inspired it – she actually worked on it,” Blake wrote back on his account. “I even said it in the interview, but people focus on ‘inspired’ because the idea of the ‘muse’ is so romantic and pervasive.”
The aforementioned album is Blake’s fourth which he released back in January and it made No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. According to him, Jamil had a much more active role in the creation of the album than simply “inspiring” it.
“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,” Blake went on to say in a follow-up tweet.
Jamil is currently starring on NBC’s critically-acclaimed The Good Place which started its fourth and final season just a few weeks ago.