Kelis doesn't want to compete with pop peers

Kelis "dropped out" of the pop race a "long time ago" and is just content to be making music and performing

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Kelis

Kelis

Kelis doesn't feel she needs to "prove" herself any more in the music industry.

The 34-year-old singer - who released her new album 'Food' this month, her first on UK indie label Ninja Tune - doesn't worry about chart success anymore and is happily "out of the race" when it comes to competing with other pop stars.

She explained: "I have far-exceeded anything that I could possibly imagine in my career and I feel really blessed and really honoured to be upheld with such super, super, super, talented people.

"So that being said, I don't know if I'll ever stop, but I dropped out of the race a long time ago, know what I mean? I don't feel competitive at all. I don't feel the need to prove myself. I have proved myself far beyond - I could go on forever, you know."

The 'Milkshake' singer - who has a four-year-old son Knight with ex-husband Nas - feels "really grateful" to have had such a successful career and doesn't feel like she's "running on that rat wheel still".

She added to SPIN magazine: "Right now, my responsibilities are to be sane, happy, and blessed. I feel very blessed, I have a child who requires a rational, sane thinker. He deserves that, so I can't afford to care that much about things that don't actually deserve caring."

Kelis

The fierce soul/hip hop/electro, probably best known for 'Milkshake', promoting her newest album, Food.

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