Hip-hop star Kanye West is refusing to team-up with other artists in the immediate future - because he wants to concentrate on his solo career.

The ALL FALLS DOWN singer, who has produced for a variety of superstars including Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, is convinced continuous collaborations are "diluting" his music.

West, who is nominated for seven gongs at this year's (04) British MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN (MOBO) awards, says, "I don't want to work with anymore artists. It's diluting my sound. I turn down so many now to concentrate on my solo work.

"I can make $100,000 a show and if someone wanted to give me that for a track I have to give them a piece of my soul."

And West hopes to break into Hollywood as he enjoys "making videos more than making beats and rapping".

He adds, "I think I'll definitely go into script-writing. I love anything that allows me to be creative."

26/08/2004 14:07