Jorja Smith Discusses Working On Recent Projects By Drake And Kendrick Lamar

The "Blue Lights" vocalist prepares to drop her debut studio album.

(AllHipHop News) English singer-songwriter Jorja Smith may not be a household name in the States yet, but the 20-year-old songstress has already gained the attention of two of the biggest artists in music.

Smith collaborated with Drake on "Get It Together" off his 2017 project More Life. Then this year saw Jorja have her own solo track, "I Am," on the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther: The Album.

Beats 1 radio host Julie Adenuga spoke with the Lost & Found album creator. The Q&A featured Jorja chatting about her experiences with Drizzy and K. Dot.

"I remember he said one thing which I learnt from him. He wants to be the greatest ever, the best. So whatever he does is the best," said Smith about Drake. "At his Boy Meets World Tour, he had this huge globe, because he wanted that. Whatever you want, do it. No matter how mad it will sound, you believe in what you do, do it."

When it comes to her work on the Black Panther soundtrack, Smith broke down how she eventually ended up in the studio with the TDE camp. RCA A&R Tunji Balogun and Dave Free, Kendrick Lamar’s manager, facilitated the connection.

"I didn’t even know [Kendrick] listened to my music at all. I get to the studio and I'm like, 'Hi.' It’s Kendrick, Dave and [producer] Sounwave," said Jorja.

She added, "Then I get to the studio, [Kendrick] left the room but he was like, 'You can just mess around.' So I was like [making noises] on the mic, getting a melody started. He comes back in, then we play that part. Then we wrote it together. He’s just sick. The things he comes up with, sick."

Jorja Smith's Lost & Found is set to be released on June 8. The studio LP follows the 2016 EP Project 11.

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