Former One-Directioner Zayn Malik’s chances of becoming “normal 22-year-old” appear to be getting slimmer faster than the singer can go through some rolled-up slims.
Since sensationally quitting the mega-boy band last month, the singer’s said to have been working with fellow British Pakistani music producer Shahid Khan – AKA ‘Naughty Boy’ – on new material and now he’s received the endorsement of one of the biggest music stars on the planet, 50 Cent.
The rapper says that Malik could become the next Justin Timberlake – who famously quit N’Sync to pursue a solo career – and become a global success.
“His vision on his own is always different from what it is in the group. Like Justin Timberlake, as Justin Timberlake, away from the group – it’s a lot of potential”, 50 said.
50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, said he’d “happily” sign Malik up to his record label, adding modestly that it could pave the way for Malik to be mentored by “one of the biggest rappers on the planet”.
Apart from his singing abilities, Malik is also said to be a decent rapper although the scrawny Bradford boy might have to get a few more of his mom’s chapattis in him if he’s to go toe-to-toe with the likes of 50 across the pond.