While in Atlanta recording her new album, Kelly Rowland paid a visit to DJ Drama on Shade 45. The R&B diva spoke about her new music, collaborating with Wiz Khalifa, and getting hit on by Jamie Foxx during the Oscars pre-show.
She defended Beyoncé’s “Bow Down” against the critics and revealed that she has heard B’s upcoming album, which she calls “ridiculous.”
While she hasn’t spoken to her “Motivation” collaborator Lil Wayne since his health scare, she did wish him well. “I want him to get some rest,” said Kelly.
She once again nixed rumors of a Destiny’s Child reunion tour (“We haven’t talked about that”), but did share details about her own album Talk a Good Game, which includes production from Pharrell, T-Minus, Boi-1da, Rico Love, and more.
On Jamie Foxx flirting with her during the Oscars pre-show: “Jamie is a friend of mine. That was very weird. That’s my buddy. I love Jamie. We’re actually going to do a film together. That’s actually what he was getting at was the film.”
On her new album: “I just went back to my roots on this specific record. Every song just reminded me of a great moment in R&B that I felt—from the first time I cut the radio on when I was here in Atlanta and I heard Pebbles and Babyface and New Edition to the first time my mama played an old ’50s record, which I have from P on there. It’s just really amazing how R&B has just been able to express itself and evolve through years and time and through different artists. I just got a chance to do that this record and it felt so good.”
On Lil Wayne: “It’s really hard for somebody to pull you out of a space or a zone. I’ve seen Wayne in the studio, I’ve seen how late this man stays up, I’ve seen how passionate he is, and I remember us just being in the studio talking till about five or six in the morning. … But he does this all the time. He works so hard and sometimes somebody’s gotta tell you to chill or you gotta tell yourself to chill.”
On Beyoncé’s “Bow Down”: “She is an artist. She is allowed to express herself however she wants and I think that there’s nothing wrong with that. I also know, because that is my sister, I have heard everything else on the record. I’m just excited for what she has in store for her fans. I think that’s what’s so beautiful about B is she always wants to make sure she has something special for her fans and I can’t wait till they hear all of that.”
On the Houston remix to Beyoncé’s “I Been On”: “I actually have a record that I wanted Bun B or Slim Thug or Scarface on, so I can’t do it now.”