Khalid Discusses Wanting A J. Cole Collaboration For His 'Free Spirit' Album

Will the Texan and the North Carolinian link up for a song?

(AllHipHop News) Besides dropping his own well-received KOD album, J. Cole spent 2018 killing guest appearances on other artists' projects. The Dreamville Records leader declared he was batting a thousand on 21 Savage's "a lot" and warned in his "Middle Child" video that he's willing to slaughter more verses this year too.

R&B vocalist Khalid is preparing to release his sophomore studio album Free Spirit on April 5. The El Paso, Texas native spoke to Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s Beats 1, and he expressed his interest in collaborating with his fellow southerner.

"I would love to have a rapper on it. I would love J. Cole. I would love that," said Khalid about the North Carolina-raised emcee. "I love just how you can literally picture and imagine everything that he's saying as if you were there in that moment, and his storytelling is really, really, really amazing. So, that could be cool for that. I don't know. Maybe that happens. Maybe we'll send it over, fly it over to him."

Similar to J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Khalid's debut LP, American Teen, went double platinum without any features. So far, John Mayer has contributed to Free Spirit. The body of work is said to represent the 21-year-old's personal growth over the last two years as well as his hunt for liberation.

"The album is called Free Spirit, and it's about the path before and after you find your sense of freedom, and is freedom even a real thing," Khalid explained. "It was just my question on freedom. As much as I want to be a free spirit, I don't feel like I will ever truly be a free spirit because there are so many things that restrict me."