Many artists, including rappers like Jay-Z and Rick Ross, dreamed of collaborating with legendary artist Sade. But Sade probably wouldn’t hook up with a hip-hop artist out of fear.
Sade is often mentioned and idolized by many hip hop artists. The reason for this is the reputation of the singer and the band as one of the most influential contemporary artists of their generation. But in her spare time, Sade also tries her hand at hip-hop music. Though she admits she’s drawn to a certain style of rap.
“I like songs with a little heavier rap,” she said The Tom Joyner Show (via The Boombox). “I like Raekwon’s album, you know that from the Wu Tang clan. I listen to pretty much anything that speaks to me and anything that has a little bit of soul and a little bit of real emotion in it.”
Aside from those two, she’s also a fan of one of the biggest and most successful rap artists working today.
“Yesterday I was in my car. I’ve been listening to Drakes Look out and Alison Krauss’ forget it. It was a good day,” she once said in an interview with Life + Times.
Given her status in the industry, many rappers have often dreamed of collaborating with Sade on a record. Snoop Dogg, for example, was a longtime fan of the artist. And had even personally attended one of their concerts.
“I went to her concert; I went to her place on time to see her perform,” he once said, according to TMZ. “I chose Heavy D and LL Cool J. She had all these visual effects where she disappeared and she was in the sky. she was [amazing].”
But the rapper could hardly bring himself to approach his idol.
“They said, ‘Do you want to meet her?’ I said, ‘Uh uh,'” he added. “I was too nervous!”
Even artists like Jay-Z have expressed interest in making music with her. Although many wanted to work with Sade, at one point Sade avoided doing duets with hip hop artists. This was mainly due to her own insecurity.
“I’m too scared,” she once told the Los Angeles Times. “You will find me. It’s like The Wizard of Oz. You will find that there is nothing. As far as collaborations go, I work with the band and do what we do. I see myself as a member of this band that makes these songs that we write.”
However, she doesn’t mind rappers sampling her tracks.
“When it comes to pattern approvals, I’m probably the cheapest chick out west,” she said.
Sade had the opportunity to collaborate with the Brooklyn rapper and business mogul on one of their records. Although she turned down the chance, she later found herself reconsidering her decision.
“If I could go back in time? I would have asked Jay-Z to rap on ‘Soldier of Love’ in 2010. There’s not much else I would change – the mistakes I’ve made have made me braver,” she said.