“Honestly, we haven’t really talked about it since we stopped promoting “It All Belongs to Me,” Brandy confessed to Bark Bite. “I just honestly think Monica and I are in different places in our music. And my vibe is a little bit different this time around so I don’t know. I kind of wanna do my own thing,” Brandy says. “I definitely feel like the fans would want a tour from us, but I don’t know, I just feel like I’m being pulled in a different direction. I’m definitely still open to it, but right now I’m looking in a different way right now for me.”
Here are highlights from the interview:
So is Bangladesh doing the bulk of the album or just a few tracks?
Brandy: He definitely set the foundation for the sound of the album, but I took a chance with this album because usually I work with one producer and kind of go out a little bit just to do the fill-ins or the ballads. But I really ventured out and worked with a lot of different people this album. Rico Love is a big part of the album, Ester Dean…just different people.
Is there any chance of a reunion with Timbaland for this album?
Brandy: We’re working on that. I was supposed to record with Timbaland a couple of weeks ago, but you know sometimes when you’re that much of a genius, sometimes your schedule kind of goes four or five different ways so we’re trying to lock him down to stay in one place so I can actually go and work with him. But I definitely don’t want to let this album go out without us at least trying to let the magic happen.
You’ve already worked with Frank Ocean in the past, but you’re said to have completed work with him for the new album, right?
Brandy: Yeah, I love Frank Ocean. I tease him all the time that I knew before everyone else knew how special he was. It’s always great to work with him, he’s such a young genius just coming into his own.
He gave me a great song called “Scared of Beautiful” and I think the meaning of that record is just so huge. It could be taken in so many different ways and there are so many double entendres going on in that song. Just people who are afraid to succeed, people who are afraid to love, people who are afraid of being the best version of who they are. That’s how it can relate to everyone. I really hope that it makes the album, I really hope it does.
Tell us about the new single. How’s the reception been for “Put It Down”?
Brandy: Oh my god, the reception has been amazing. The core fans are loving it, they can’t believe how different it is for me. And I love taking risks in music and it’s great to challenge yourself to be different. That’s what I love about the song. I can’t wait till it really hits the radio waves and we do the video for it and it really takes off.