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Drake to work with Florence Welch and The XX’s Jamie Smith

January 13th, 2011

Drake seems pretty connected in the world of hip-hop, but for his next album, Take Care, he’s branching outside of expectations.

One unlikely candidate he’s brought in to help produce his new album is The XX’s Jamie Smith.

“The praises I’ll sing most is definitely The XX and Jamie, and we’re working on Take Care together. Jamie is probably one of the most exciting producers I’ve ever heard,” he said.

Smith confirmed the collaboration to the NME, adding, “He’s a fan of The XX and my remixes and stuff and I sent him some beats. We’re just going to do some stuff for the next album.”

And just the other night in London, Drizzy brought Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine on stage to sing Alicia Keys’ part of “Fireworks” and now he confirms that the two have collaborated for her album.

“Me and Flo met the night after the VMAs, she came to the studio and we just clicked right away,” he revealed to the BBC. “Last night we went to dinner at the Wolseley and we were all very loud and obnoxious in there. We were all just wasted. It was this weird hippie joyous occasion [in the studio]. But on any other evening me and Florence can get in the studio and do something incredible and we will. We listened to all her new music and I picked which song I really want to get on.”

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