As pointed out by The Guardian, the singer recorded approximately 20 songs in an attempt to replicate Kuti’s classic afrobeat sound, most of which have never been released.
The-Dream – who has worked with Beyoncé on a number of tracks, including ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’ – revealed the news in an entry for lyric annotation site Genius.
“We did a whole Fela album that didn’t go up. It was right before we did [the album] ‘4’,” he wrote on the Genius page for ‘End of Time’. “We did a whole different sounding thing, about twenty songs. She said she wanted to do something that sounds like Fela. That’s why there’s so much of that sound in the ‘End of Time’.
“There’s always multiple albums being made. Most of the time we’re just being creative, period. We’re talking about B, somebody who sings all day long and somebody who writes all day long. There’s probably a hundred records just sitting around.”
A solo star in his own right, January saw the release of a lyric video for The-Dream’s latest track ‘That’s My Shit‘. The song features a guest spot from rapper TI.