Brandy claims to have dedicated herself to R&B with her forthcoming album Two Eleven. The sixth studio LP from the singer/actress is due out October 16 via RCA/Chameleon Records. The project preceded by the Chris Brown-assisted single “Put It Down” and newly released, honest “Wildest Dreams,” boasts contributions from Sean Garrett, Frank Ocean, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Bangladesh, Tha Bizness, and more.
“It’s just an R&B album, a rhythm and blues album,” Brandy told Rap-Up in a new interview. “No gimmicks, real R&B music.” In addition to discussing the album Brandy talks about falling in love, the true story behind second single “Wildest Dreams,” which is about her boyfriend Ryan Press, compliments from her collaborator Chris Brown and more…
How does it compare to your previous albums?
I don’t think it does compare. I think it is it’s own thing, which is a great thing. I don’t like to stay the same. I can just say that I guess the sameness would be the fact that it’s R&B. This album is different though. It’s a little bit sexier than my previous albums—very vibed out, and it’s versatile. It has so many different R&B sounds and different R&B records on there. I got a chance to work with different people more than I did in the past because in the past, it was pretty much one producer that I would work with and I didn’t really get a chance to explore a lot of different talents. I was able to do that with this album. Of course, Sean Garrett is like the main writer on the album, but just producer-wise, everybody gave something different for it.
Was “Wildest Dreams” inspired by your boyfriend, Ryan Press?
Yeah. He’s a knucklehead because he’s staring at me right now. [Tells Ryan: Can you leave so I can talk about you? Thank you.] Sean Garrett wrote the song and he noticed our connection and we told him how we met and what happened. I told him how at one point I kinda gave up on love. It was just not working for me in that category. So I said, “Well, I’m just gonna be single forever. It’s just gonna be me and my daughter.” I reconnected with [Ryan] because I had met him before, we kinda fell in love. Basically the song is just about me feeling like, “Wow. I can’t believe this is really happening.” He loves me for every personality I have. He loves me for every flaw. He accepts me as who I am and he can see me for who I am. He’s dope for that. I see him too. So, never in my wildest dreams…
Chris Brown called you one of the best female vocalists and an inspiration. What do you think of that compliment?
Dope, really dope. When I saw that he tweeted that, I didn’t want him to get no backlash for that and I was like, “Oh my God, that was so sweet of him to tweet that and to actually say that to me.” It makes me feel shy and it makes me blush because he’s so great and he’s such a great entertainer and his music is awesome. So to come from someone who has talent and can recognize someone else’s gift, it feels great. It feels good to hear my inspiration in his music and that makes me feel good. This is why I do what I do. You want to inspire people and you definitely want to inspire other artists and help them find their voice. This is why you do what you do.
Did you work with Chris on any other tracks on the album aside from “Put It Down”?
He wrote a song called “Slower” for me that he wrote with his artist Sevyn. She’s also incredible. Oh my God, I can’t wait until her stuff comes out. It’s a sexy song that he wrote. It reminds me of “Angel in Disguise,” an old song I did on the Never Say Never album. It reminds me of that type of sound and I think the core fans are going to get a kick out of that. The fact that Chris and Sevyn wrote it, I think they’re gonna love it even more.
Read the full interview here.
Deluxe “Two Eleven” Cover