By Amanda Wicks
There’s no word yet on when Beyoncé will bless the world with her next album, but rumors are circulating that she will soon be filming new music videos in New Orleans.
Beyoncé has ties to the area after she and Jay Z purchased a $2.6 million home in the Garden District earlier this spring. It helps, too, that her sister Solange also lives in the city part-time.
If Beyoncé is really spending nearly a week in the Big Easy shooting what could be a few music videos, it naturally got us thinking about which New Orleans artists we’d love to see featured on her next album.
5. Jon Batiste
If Beyoncé were to ever go avant-garde and back her vocals with melodious jazz piano, Batiste would be the one to call. The New Orleans native now performs nightly as Stephen Colbert’s bandleader on The Late Show, but we’re sure he’d be happy to collaborate with the vocal powerhouse if she called.
4. Kevin Gates
Ok, so technically Gates is from Baton Rouge, about an hour’s drive north from New Orleans, but that doesn’t rule him out completely. Besides, Gates has a long history of collaborating with big names in the business, including an appearance on Wiz Khalifa’s upcoming mixtape.
3. Big Freedia
Let’s think outside the box and shoot for the stars here. Big Freedia’s work in bounce has made her a household name not just in New Orleans, and she’d be sure to put a fun spin on whatever rhythm laced her collaboration with Beyoncé. Plus, it’d be fun to see these two divas go toe-to-toe.
2. Trombone Shorty
Like Batiste, Trombone Shorty wouldn’t have to necessarily sing. He could add in all sorts of southern flavor simply by playing the trombone. Since more new pop and R&B songs seem to feature big backing bands these days, his brass would lend an immediate bounce to whatever he worked on with Beyoncé.
1. Lil Wayne
Since Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have gotten so close recently, it makes sense that long-time friend and Minaj collaborator Lil Wayne would be a shoo-in to work with Beyoncé. His clever raps and gravelly voice could provide a chill take on one of her songs, for sure.