As ‘Put It Down’ diva Brandy is working her way back up charts, anticipation mounts steadily for the release of her forthcoming project ‘Two Eleven’. But while the singer works her way back into the spotlight, recent months have seen her play co-star in a massive promo push for the Monica-assisted single ‘It All Belongs To Me’.
With Mo’s album recently hitting shelves and Brandy’s soon to follow, rumors (flamed by the two) swirled that a joint tour would be in the works. Well…that was then.
Speaking quite candidly with our friends at BarkBite, B-Rocka weighs in on the prospect of the tour possibilities as well as lending album updates with an all star team of producers (Timbaland, Frank Ocean, Bangladesh, Sean Garrett, and more).
Needless to say, B-Rocka is NOT playing! This is a must read:
Bark + Bite: There was talk of you possibly hitting the road with Monica for a joint tour. Is that still in the works?
Brandy: Um, honestly, we haven’t really talked about it since we stopped promoting “It All Belongs to Me.” 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. 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.
Bark + Bite: 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. Rico Love is a big part of the album, Ester Dean…just different people.
Bark + Bite: 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.
Bark + Bite: 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.
Bark + Bite: Your VH1 Behind the Music recently aired. It was a pretty emotional special. What was it like for you to watch it?
Brandy: I actually have never seen it. I lived it and I was definitely open in talking about it, so there’s no need for me to watch it. It felt like a weight was lifted and I appreciate VH1 wanting to do a Behind the Music with me because it was so needed for me just personally and emotionally.
Bark + Bite: The really interesting thing was that after the special aired, Never Say Never shot up the iTunes R&B charts. It shows that there’s still a connection with your fans to your story. How did it feel seeing that reception to one of your old works and did that motivate you to strengthen that connection with your new album Two Eleven?
Brandy: It definitely was scary, because it was like, “WOW! Should we have the album come out right now?! What’s going on?”
Bark + Bite: So you mentioned you’re prepping to roll out the single, the video. What’s the timeline looking like for the project?
Brandy: The timeline for the single is now. We’re just working out all the dates for the director, myself and Chris. You know,
We’re looking at the end of summer for the album and we just wanna make sure everything is right. This is the shot to get it right. Everybody is falling back in love with what they’re seeing and we just don’t wanna eff it up!
Read the interview in its entirety here.