Kelly Rowland Plots Nas Collabo: ‘I’m Taking A Page From Mariah Carey’

Kelly Rowland has secured the ladies of Destiny’s Child for a track on her forthcoming album, Talk a Good Game, but she still has some outstanding collabos to lock down. With a nod to a Mariah Carey song that features Nas, she has big plans for a record she has yet to record.

“I have something I want [Nas] to be on right now,” she told Radio.com in a recent interview. “I just have to ask him.”

She went on to explain how Mariah inspired her ideal collaboration.

“[I heard] an incredible collaboration [he did] with Joe and Mariah and it felt good.”

The song Rowland referenced, “Thank God I Found You (Make It Last Forever),” is a remix from Mariah’s 1999 album Rainbow, in which she updated Keith Sweat’s “Make It Last Forever” with a rap verse from Nas and vocals from Joe.

“I have a record and I kinda wanna do that, too,” said Rowland. “Taking a page from Mariah’s book, respecting her. I would love to collaborate with Nas and Joe on a song that I have.”

While Mariah’s throwback effort had an impact on Kelly, she said she felt a connection with Nas form his classic debut album, Illmatic, that was released in 1994.

“I remember the first time I picked up Illmatic,” she told Radio.com. “I was blown away by that album…From the first time I picked up Illmatic and I heard [sings the chorus from “The World Is Yours”]…I loved him since then.”

In the process of cultivating her rap collabos, Rowland has become the go-to featured singer for rap singles. After her breakout hit with Nelly (“Dilemma”) in 2002, she made a splash with the steamy “Motivation” in 2011, which featured Lil Wayne. In late 2012, she was featured on singles and in videos for songs by Big Boi (“Mama Told Me”), Ludacris (“Representin'”) and Future (“Neva End”) that were all in rotation at the same time.

Outside of Nas and her previous hip-hop unions, she is still cultivating her rap collabo list.

“I would love to collaborate with Theophilus London, Kanye [West] and I love Q-Tip,” she said. She did not, however, reveal if she plans to include any other rappers on Talk A Good Game, which is due out June 4, 2013.

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