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Jorja Smith is profiled in a new interview with The FADER, which reveals – among other details – her extremely productive working relationship with Kendrick Lamar. K-Dot enlisted the singer for a track on his curated Black Panther soundtrack, and their chemistry was near-instantaneous.

“Kendrick, we just really clicked,” she says, “He said he’d been wanting to work with me for a bit, but he was waiting for the right time. He left me in the room to sing over a beat he’d made with [producer] Sounwave and then he came in and was like that’s it. We wrote it together in four hours.” She went on to describe Kendrick as “so down to earth,” and that they share numerous traits together as fellow Geminis.

Elsewhere in the interview, Jorja touches on working with Kali Uchis (who she joined to watch Beyoncé at Coachella), the real-life heartbreak that inspired some of her debut album Lost & Found‘s best tracks, and meeting Sade at a Drake concert: “I performed “Blue Lights” at one of Drake’s shows in London and I met her backstage,” she says, “She told me her son is a big fan. That was a moment when I was like, wow. She’s so beautiful, she looks the same! But do you know what? I’m not really the type of person who gets starstruck. I get so many people coming up to me being like, Aahhh! And I’m like what the hell, I’m just me!”

Be sure to read the full interview on The FADER.

Read our review of Jorja Smith’s ‘Lost & Found’ right here.

Words by Jake Boyer
Music Editor
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