Robbie Williams has been rapping again

The singer has been in the studio with Example

Robbie Williams has been rapping again, according to one of his musical collaborators.

The singer has been back in the studio recording for a new album and has been working with Example.

The pair went to record new music for Williams’ 11th album with Snow Patrol‘s Johnny McDaid last month.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Example said: “I’ve wanted to write with him for a while. He’s one of those ones, you just don’t know what kind of track you’re going to make.

“I turned up to the studio and they already had a rough bit of music laid down, like some guitars and drums and stuff. Johnny’s amazing at all that.”

The rapper, whose real name is Elliot Gleave, said he and Williams “just started freestyling over the top of it. “[We were] singing and rapping absolute gobbledygook and hoping that an idea pops up.

“I rapped on it and Robbie did a half-spoken word rap thing – a bit like [Underworld’s] ‘Born Slippy’. That sort of vibe.

“I don’t know if it’ll ever come out. It’s just one of those great things to have been in the studio with Robbie Williams, because he’s such an icon.

Gleave said he “didn’t buy Robbie’s music” when he was growing up, but “thought he was one of the best entertainers ever”. He also said the song they had been working on had “bits of cheekiness in there, which are very Robbie.”