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Sade Turns Down Jay-Z Collaboration Request

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Though she’s one of hip-hop’s most adored singers, Sade has rarely allowed a rapper to sample her voice, and has never accepted an invitation to collaborate, despite requests from the biggest names in the game. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sade revealed that, despite receiving requests by artists from Drake to Jay-Z, she has never felt comfortable working with anyone other than her own band.

“I’m too scared,” the enigmatic singer said of turning down Jay-Z’s recent request to collaborate. “They’ll find me out. It’s like ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ They’ll find out there’s nothing there. As for collaborations, I’m collaborating with the band and do what we do. I see myself as a member of this band who does these songs that we write.”

An admitted fan of artists like Nas and Raekwon, Sade has only allowed MC’s to sample her voice in extremely rare cases, albeit at an extremely fair rate. “When it comes to sample clearances, I’m probably the cheapest chick in the west,” she told the Times.

Sade released her sixth album, ‘Soldier of Love,’ this past February. She also announced her first North American tour in almost a decade, which kicks off in Baltimore on June 16, 2011. We will be in attendance.

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