A Genius annotation reveals the binned project.
Beyoncé wrote an entire album inspired by afrobeat king Fela Kuti and then scrapped it, according to producer The-Dream, who collaborated with Bey on the ill-fated project before the singer made her 2011 album 4.
“We did a whole Fela album that didn’t go up,” The-Dream wrote in an annotation on Genius for Beyoncé’s song ‘End of Time’. “It was right before we did 4. We did a whole different sounding thing – about 20 songs. She said she wanted to do something that sounds like Fela.”
He also commented Beyoncé’s creative process, suggesting that the singer has “a hundred” unreleased records. “There’s always multiple albums being made. Most of the time we’re just being creative, period,” he wrote. “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.”
The-Dream has written a few other Genius annotations so far, detailing his contributions to ‘Single Ladies’, Kanye West’s ‘All of the Lights’, and Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’, while other famous contributors to the lyrics site include super-producer Rick Rubin and Kendrick Lamar.
Genius has been expanding at a rate of knots since dropping its “rap” prefix, recently poaching the New Yorker’s pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones, who became an executive editor in January. [via The Guardian]