It’s only been a few days since Zayn Malik announced his decision to quit One Direction. But while One Directioners across the world have been in mourning, the singer has already been hard at work figuring out the next stage of his career. And it looks as though the 22-year-old is heading to the world of rap.
The Sun, via the Independent, have confirmed that Malik was in a West London recording studio on Thursday to once again work with Naughty Boy on some new material.
Naughty Boy has previously worked with the likes of Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, Leona Lewis, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, and Wiz Khalifa, while he has also produced two top 10 songs in the UK for rappers Chipmunk and Wiley.
Malik also opened up about his exit from One Direction to the Sun, via MSN. The singer gave his interview on Thursday, which appeared in the Friday edition of the newspaper.
Malik revealed that following his exit he feels “quite interesting,” admitting that the few days following his announcement had been “crazy and wild and a bit mad.”
However, rather than being overawed by his exit and all of the press coverage that it has received, Malik declared that he’s “never felt more in control” in his entire life.
He then added, “I feel like I’m doing what’s right, and right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good.”
Malik also revealed that his future plans involve writing, relaxing, and chilling.
Earlier this month, the UK DJ and record producer Naughty Boy confirmed to the Sun, via Hollywood Life, that Malik would indeed be appearing on his forthcoming new album.
“Zayn is going to feature on my next album,” Naughty Boy announced. “I can’t deny the fact that we have made music together. It’s a good time for Zayn to showcase what he can really do. I don’t think that is being fully exploited with the band because there are five people and it needs to be balanced out.”
At the time, this was simply seen as Malik looking to branch out to new creative pastures that would coincide with his One Direction work.
But just in case Zayn Malik fancies taking his career in a completely different direction, the English Job Centre has opened its door to the singer and vowed to offer him any career advice he’d like.
— DWP Press Office (@dwppressoffice) March 25, 2015
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