After so successfully collaborating with Jay-Z on “Empire State of Mind,” it looks like [artist id=”503203″]Alicia Keys[/artist] may have worked with another rapper on her own album. Producer Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, who has worked closely with the singer on all four of Keys’ previous albums, recently spilled the beans about a track with [artist id=”2545682″]Drake[/artist] that may be featured on the singer’s forthcoming studio album, The Element of Freedom (due out December 15).
“If you have something to say… U should say it right now,” the producer tweeted on Sunday. “Wow this new AK and Drake is fire! I love my job.”
In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Keys spoke about her reluctance to team up with other artists. “Honestly, there’s not a lot of collaborations because I like it like that,” she told the site. “I prefer it to be really just the journey of music and you can really get inside what I’m talking about and saying and that kind of thing.”
While the singer likes the focus to be solely on her own message, she did hint at two exceptions to the rule.
“But, there are two collaborations that are coming because now I have a bit more time,” Keys told Billboard. “Sadly, I’m unable to say what it would be right now, but it will be two of the most exciting collaborations of my career yet. It’s going to be fly.”
In a recent interview with MTV News, Keys talked about the sound fans can expect from her latest effort. “You can expect to really be into a zone,” she said. “I think you can expect the unexpected, ’cause there’s going to be things that you’re going to be like, ’Wow, is that her? Is that her?’ And I love that about it. You can definitely expect to see major growth, but you’re going to fall in love with this album.”
Earlier this month, a rep for the singer confirmed that Jay-Z and Keys had recorded “Empire State of Mind Part 2,” which will be featured on The Element of Freedom. A video for the singer’s second single, “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart.” premiered Monday on BET’s “106 & Park.” The clip finds Keys playing an “X-Men”-esque superhero whose powers leave her unable to touch the man she loves.