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Madonna wants to collaborate with ‘history-making’ Kendrick Lamar

Madonna called Lamar's recent album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ “mind-bogglingly brilliant”

By Charlotte Krol

Madonna and Kendrick Lamar are seen in a composite image
Madonna; Kendrick Lamar. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/chrisweger; YouTube/Kendrick Lamar)

Madonna has said that her first choice artist to collaborate with is Kendrick Lamar.

The pop legend said in a new interview that Lamar’s recent album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is “history-making” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper would be her dream collaborator.

“There’s one artist that I worship more than anything in life and I would love to collaborate with him, and that’s Kendrick Lamar,” Madonna told The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “His new record is history-making. Mind-bogglingly brilliant. It’s insane.”

Madonna was on the US talk show to promote her new remix album Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones, a compilation that features an array of her collaborators throughout the years including Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and and Swae Lee.

Elsewhere during her appearance on the show, Madonna joined Fallon and The Roots to perform the title track from her eighth studio album, 2000’s Music, for the programme’s ‘Classroom Instruments’ segment. The slate was revived for the first time since 2021.

Madonna sang and played triangle, Fallon played a wooden block, and The Roots played keyboard, xylophone, ukulele and more. Watch the performance here.

Finally Enough Love… celebrates Madonna’s 50 chart-topping hits on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Her 2019 ‘Madame X’ track ‘I Don’t Search I Find’ earned the artist her 50th Number One on that chart in February 2020, making her the first and only artist with 50 Number Ones on any single Billboard chart.

In June an abridged version of the album featuring 16 tracks was released digitally. The 50-track edition is due to drop on streaming and physical formats next Friday (August 19).

Meanwhile, earlier this summer Julia Garner was offered the role of Madonna in a biopic about the pop legend. According to trade paper Variety, Garner has emerged as the favourite for the sought-after role that required a thorough audition process.

The Inventing Anna star has been speculated as a favourite for months, in part due to her resemblance to a young Madonna.

Garner is also known for her roles in Netflix’s Ozark and her lead role in The Assistant.

Madonna herself will be directing the film, in what will be her third outing behind the camera.