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ALBUM OF THE YEAR without a doubt! I haven’t heard music like this in a long long time. The beats, the vocals, a couple of nice leans, she’s giving me everything I need. It’s everything I wanted to be and more.
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Brandy dropped by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and previewed two new songs ‘Too Late’ and ‘Paint This House’ from her highly anticipated upcoming album Two Eleven. I’m definitely feelin’ ‘Too Late’ which was written by Rico Love. From the way it’s shaping up Two Eleven sounds like the comeback album Brandy needs to put her back on the top again.
“Wildest Dreams,” a heartfelt ballad written by Sean Garrett and produced by The Bizness, is already being teed up as the set’s next single, with the singer name-checking herself several times in disbelief over finding true love again.
Another ballad, “Without You,” features one of Brandy’s strongest, most confident vocals — no coincidence, since the song’s producer Harmony just worked with Keyshia Cole on her single “Enough of No Love.” A pair of collaborations with Rico Love and Jim Jonsin, “No Such Thing As Too Late” and “Hardly Breathing,” finds the singer taking a step back from a new relationship — “When you really love somebody / you can wait / ‘cause there’s no such thing as too late,” she sings on the former.
The set is not without club bangers, however. The Bangladesh-produced “Let Me Go” references the hook from Swedish pop singer Lykke Li’s “Tonight” and turns it into a bass-thumping, hold me-back-from love anthem. “You know how I get when you let me go,” Brandy sings on the chorus, with a later reference to her mom calling her out on Twitter that is sure to inspire many tweets from fans when they hear it.
Aside from Brown, whom Brandy recently told MTV News also wrote a track called “Slower” for the album, “Two Eleven” will also likely feature a reunion of sorts with Frank Ocean, who penned a pair of songs for Brandy’s last album “Human” as well as “Quickly,” a 2008 duet with John Legend. Prescott played a rough cut of Brandy singing an Ocean song called “Scared Of Beautiful,” before it gets reworked as a duet between the two singers. Another reunion - with Timbaland - is also likely in the cards, with the “Afrodisiac” producer currently in the studio working on a new track.
Footage from the Rico Love showcase (including Brandy)
“I’m bringing Brandy because she took a liking to Emjay when she met him,” Love said after confirming the R&B singer’s appearance for the event. “She said to him ‘you’re a star, you have the look and the voice,’ so I approached her about the showcase and she said if it’s for Emjay tell me when and where I’m there.”
Not only did Brandy show up, but she was about as cordial as one could expect from a star of her notoriety. The R&B songstress and reality TV star posed for pictures, did drops for local video shows and didn’t even flinch when I so gently grabbed her arm and persuaded her to come and talk with my 2 man crew and I—local videographer Darren Cole manned the video camera while freelance photographer Damon Joy took photos.
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Working with Monica & Brandy… It was amazing to be in the presence of two amazing vocalist and be able to write and produce a song for them. It is pressure and I like pressure. I thrive off pressure. This is the first song they sang together since “The Boy Is Mine” and they only performed “The Boy Is Mine” one time together. That was number one for thirteen weeks. To come behind that, I think is an honor and I was blessed to be able to be asked to be the guy to write and produce the song for it.
Boy Is Mine vs. New Duet… I definitely don’t want to compare it, I look to other people to do that. I just know it is a great song and I got amazing vocals out of both girls. I am sure people are going to love the song and the content of the record. It is very fly, very mature, very grown up.
I believe Bad Boy is going to make a huge comeback. Not really a comeback because Puff (Diddy) never went nowhere. But as far as a record company, I feel like it is going to be a huge resurgence. I have been having talks with Puff and he is making some really solid decisions behind the scenes and rebuilding. Nobody does it how he does it. When he sets his mind on being successful nobody does it like him. He got some dope shit going on, I really believe they are going to emerge in 2012.
Brandy too. I am doing a bunch of Brandy’s songs and closing out Monica’s album right now. I am rooting for both of those girls.
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Brandy – TBD
A Grammy winner with five albums under her belt, it was only a matter of time before veteran vocalist Brandy found her way into a new record deal. Her sixth album, due this May on RCA/Chameleon Records, promises classic R&B with a contemporary twist. She has parted ways with longtime collaborator Rodney Jerkins, who helmed 2008’s Human, and called on today’s top hitmakers including Rico Love, Hit-Boy, Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, Bangladesh, and Tha Bizness. “I wanted to take this opportunity to really try to bring R&B back,” said one of her collaborators Sean Garrett. Kicking off the project is the Rico Love-produced “It All Belongs to Me,” a duet with Monica, which arrives 14 years after “The Boy Is Mine” topped the charts. That plus an assist fromDrake may be just what Brandy needs to reclaim her glory days.
The year was 1998 and Brandy and Monica were sitting on top of the charts with their smash “The Boy Is Mine.” Fourteen years later, the R&B divas have reunited to record a follow-up to their Grammy-winning duet, which spent 13 weeks at No. 1. Under the direction of songwriter-producer Rico Love, thenew record picks up where the original left off.
“It’s a very soulful R&B song with pop sensibilities,” Love tells Rap-Up.com. “I wanted to make sure I made it a classic R&B record, but I definitely wanted to make sure that it had enough appeal to cross over and become a Top 40 record.”
The “Motivation” hitmaker hit the studio with both ladies last week in Miami to lay down the track. While they reportedly didn’t get along while recording the original Darkchild production, the chemistry was different this time. “They both had a blast,” says Love. “They have so much history together.”
In an exclusive interview with Rap-Up.com, Rico Love sheds light on how the collaboration came together, what it sounds like, and the enormous pressure he faced.
What can you tell us about recording with Brandy and Monica?
It was a really interesting situation because of the history that was in the room and the energy was so positive. It was electric. I really wanted to try my best to pull the most explosive vocals out of them. I wanted to create a story that picked up where “The Boy Is Mine” left off. It kinda carried on the next part of the story, just showing their growth and their maturity, and making it real and true to both singers. It was an amazing energy, an amazing vibe. The girls were all positive. It was just fun. We had a great time and I learned so much from both of them during the session.
How did the duet come together?
It was Monica’s idea originally because Monica heard the record and she was so excited about it. She was like, “Yo, I really think that this should be that thing, that next duet.” Then [RCA Records executive] Peter Edge and [Chameleon Records CEO] Breyon Prescott put it together.
How would you describe the track?
It’s a very soulful R&B song with pop sensibilities. I wanted to make sure I made it a classic R&B record, but I definitely wanted to make sure that it had enough appeal to cross over and become a Top 40 record. I wanted to include Beatles-sounding guitars. I made sure the melody was big enough for all genres and just a strong powerful vocal performance and strong content. I really don’t wanna give away too much because they wanna keep it under wraps as far as the title and the subject, but I can just say that it’s a very strong vocal that I got out of these girls and it’s a very strong subject. To say the least, it will be a shocker.
When they recorded “The Boy Is Mine,” they were not the best of friends. What was their chemistry like in the studio?
It was fun. They both had a blast. We laughed and hung out. They’re like old friends. They have so much history together. It was like sisters.
Whose album will the song appear on?
I believe it’s going to be on both of theirs, but obviously Monica [New Life] is coming out sooner than Brandy, so I believe it’s going to be on hers first. We did alternate versions for both girls’ albums. So the version that is on Monica’s album won’t be the version on Brandy’s album. Same song with slightly different things.
Did you feel pressure to deliver after the massive success of “The Boy Is Mine”?
Amazing pressure because no matter what, people on the blogswill comment, “Rico ruined it and it’s the worst song ever.” You always get those the first day the record comes out, but you gotta ignore that. “The Boy Is Mine” was No. 1 for like 13 weeks. The hype around it is so big now since the picturescame out the other day on Twitter. Honestly I’m the one that’s gonna take the fall for anything, so it’s hugepressure, but I thrive off that type of pressure. I feel like that’s why I wake up to do what I do, to continue to write songs for legendary artists, and try to reinvent the wheel as much as I can.
YKIGS: A while ago, you mentioned that an artist you wanted to work with is Brandy and I know you guys got into the studio a couple of weeks ago to work on some songs. Talk to me about how that went.
RL: It was amazing. We got three records recorded and we’re cutting another two for sure. We’re super excited about Brandy. I think I’m going to end up with five on the album. I’m really excited about the project.
YKIGS: What can people expect as far as the sound of the stuff you did with Brandy?
RL: I just wanted to stay true to R&B. I wanted to make classic R&B songs that would be strong radio, melodic records. Her voice is amazing. I wanted to give her different types of arrangements. Not the same everyone is used to hearing from her. I wanted to give it my take and she allowed me to do so. So we had a good time. People are really going to love the records.
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