Alicia Keys’ new album key canceled on Friday, but there won’t be a collaboration with J. Cole.
Back in September, she teased the potential pairing by sharing footage from their time in the studio. However, the Dreamville rapper was missing from the tracklist when he was revealed earlier this week.
During her interview with Complex 360 with Speedy Morman, the 15-time Grammy winner spoke about her “festive” studio session in the Bahamas.
“This is the first time we’ve connected,” she said. “He got through, he happened to be in the same place. We talked, we talked, we built … And then we just happened to fall into some vibes or things or flows. “
In fact, they recorded “two or three of them” but she’s not sure where they’ll end up. “Lets see what happens.”
When asked if the lost songs will eventually be released or kept in the vault, she replied, “It really is possible,” and added, “It’s good too. I liked it and it was easy, it was fluid. “
One thing Cole didn’t tell Alicia during their session was that he had a crush on her when he was 14. In 1999 he went to her concert in Dallas and waited outside for her to leave after her performance. He imagined throwing her a look and knocking her off her feet, but it didn’t quite work out that way.
Alicia was flattered but couldn’t remember the moment. “I definitely can’t say I remember the look. I don’t know if the look made it to me, ”she said. “It’s really cute because everyone has a story like that.”
J. Cole is not on key, but the double album includes Lil Wayne, Pusha T, Khalid, Swae Lee and Lucky Daye.
“It’s a bit like a Sunday and a Saturday,” she said of the 26-track set, which is divided into two pages – Originals and Unlocked. “I have a feeling that people really love my piano side … I can never express myself in one style, nobody can. It’s not even realistic. I think the other side allows me to go a little crazier, add a little more Lawry’s seasoned salt to the mix and create this gumbo that ticks all the boxes. And that’s what you can expect to be fulfilled and well fed. “