The Paramore lead singer told the rapper she doesn’t “want to be that famous.”
Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert is famously a big Paramore fan, previously calling lead singer Hayley Williams his biggest songwriting inspiration. In an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, Williams revealed she actually turned down a request from him to collaborate while going through a period of personal turmoil.
After sharing that she also passed on working with country singer Jason Aldean, Williams explained she opted not to work with Uzi out of bad timing and her desire to stay out of the spotlight:
I remember too Uzi asking me to do some stuff with him and I know that fans are going to be so pissed at me for saying this, but I literally wrote him back on Instagram and I was like, ‘Buddy, I love you so much, but I don’t want to be that famous.’ I told him like we were getting ready to take a break. I obviously had a lot of issues going on that no one really knew about and I was like, ‘Bro, I just need to disappear. I don’t want to be that kind of a famous person.’ Because that is… He’s like a big artist, man. My stepbrother is obsessed with him. He was pissed when I told him the story.
while everybody is posting this tasty snack-sized quote from this interview, what folks are missing is that i was in the middle of a major breakdown, personally. which eventually led me to write my album. art still came out of it but on my time. https://t.co/md8vexRfhW
In a previous interview with Lowe, Williams spoke about dealing with recent personal loss that inspired her solo single, “Leave It Alone.”
While Paramore has released three Top 10 albums in 15 years—including the band’s chart-topping 2013 self-titled project—it only has one Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Ain’t It Fun.” The Paramore cut peaked at No. 10 and is certified triple Platinum.
During his relatively short career spanning roughly five years, Uzi has had even bigger commercial success. Both of his studio albums—Luv Is Rage 2 and Eternal Atake—debuted at No. 1. He has three Top 10 hits, including “XO TOUR Llif3,” “Futsal Shuffle 2020,” and his feature on Migos‘ chart-topping “Bad and Boujee.”
It’s worth noting, however, that Williams previously guested on B.o.B’s 2010 hit, “Airplanes,” which reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
During an April 2017 interview with Lowe, Uzi spoke about his admiration for Williams. “She’s like the best,” he said. “It’s hard to top that. She’s like the best, just of my generation there’s nobody bro.”
Earlier that year, a video of Uzi jamming to the aforementioned “Ain’t It Fun” went viral:
As Genius previously reported, many rappers have named emo and pop punk bands like Paramore as influences. Other artists like the late Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion were also big fans of the Nashville group.
Williams currently has a solo project titled Petals For Armor on the way. It will arrive on May 8 and features the previously released singles “Simmer,” “Leave It Alone,” “Cinnamon,” and “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris.” The latter track features indie supergroup boygenius.