I'm not a parent yet, but I can imagine that there may be first-time jitters. Is there anything you're nervous or worried about?
No. Actually I'm so ready. It's a funny thing because my girl, she's the nervous one. She's going through all this different shit, all these different emotions. It's so cool to have your best friend, someone that you really care about but you know really well, and you guys go half on a creation. It's really interesting to watch her because this is her first time and she's experiencing different things that she's never felt. It's kinda funny to me to see her go through so many different emotions about what the sex is gonna be and I'm kinda just cool. Let it ride. I'll be prepared. I want him to be cultured. I want to travel with him. I want to show him all the things that I didn't get to see. I want him to speak different languages and be really educated, well-versed and intelligent. And I think that between myself and my girl, we'll be excellent.
Have you two already started jotting down possible names even though you don't really know the sex?
Of course! You already know, because he gotta have – if it's a boy, which is what we're leaning towards – he gotta have a king name. But if it's a girl, it's gotta be a queen name. We're big on originality. We've been going over names and stuff like that, but we want something that is original. I think the pressure of coming up with a name sometimes is what sounds dope versus a personality and a meaning behind the name, because a name is really important. It can mean a lot for the line of work you're in or the type of job you can't get because your name is something crazy. We've been thinking about that but it's definitely going to be a special name.
I'm definitely going to take time when we figure out the sex and everything and share that with the public, and I think that's what so dope, too. I grew up in the public eye, so now for me to be having a child is so cool with my fans seeing that I'm progressing in life, and I'm progressing in a way that I can still talk about it in my music. That's really what the title Sex Playlist is all about.
So let's dive into Sex Playlist. Exactly what vision do you have for the album?
First of all, everybody's sex playlist is dated. They're still playing old R. Kelly, old jams. Sex Playlist is prelude love and pre-conception. It's this tunnel you go through where you're experiencing these different phases. When you meet someone and you're like, okay, I'm just fucking this person or I'm just having sex with her. Then you meet somebody and you're like damn I fucking love this person. Then you meet that person that's like, damn, I would love to have a child with that person. Really, Sex Playlist is all of that. It's sex, love and conception. I'm really living out exactly what I'm singing about in this album. Everything.
Were there any other album names you were toying around with before choosing "Sex Playlist"?
It was Conception, and the idea was that I was coming through a rebirth. Being reborn. A lot of the perception versus who I am was completely different from what people think. Because I grew up in the public eye, a lot of people think, "We haven't heard an album from you since 2010. What's been up with you?" But it's like no, I'm an artist and I will always be an artist. Even if you don't hear an album from me, I'm still creating. I'm still working on my craft. That's the reason why this album is important, and it's cool that I happen to be progressing in such a way. I'm having a child. I think the [old] album title kinda gave away the concept of it and it was a little harder to understand. Conception is like… okay why? As opposed to Sex Playlist which is like okay, I can understand that. I can get that and I can open up the conversation.
No, Sex Playlist is not just about being lusty and fucking and having a song that you feel like ooh, let's rush into it. Actually, Sex Playlist is supposed to help you take your time and help you understand that it's important to take your time, to move into love, to move into all of these different areas of emotion. It's the most intimate you can be with a person. That bond that you create inside of that? It turns into life. That moment can never be taken back. When people get a chance to hear the album, they'll understand. Like damn, he really just took us through a timeline, a story of what it means to experience different types of emotion and love and feelings and all that other crazy shit.
So who've you been collaborating with on the album so far?
I've been working with Eric Hudson, who produced "Entourage" and was able to really start out his career with me, so we have a certain bond when we create together. James Fauntleroy, you know he did good with [Justin Timberlake's] "Pusher Love Girl." He's an amazing writer. I worked with Pop and Oak. Then Eric Bellinger, who wrote that first single. Rock City. Tank, who did an amazing record for me. I think that's all that comes to mind now, but a lot of the people that I want to emphasize are people that I've always continued to work with. There was a formula there and I think that people are ready to hear a different sound. I think it's just that. They wanna feel something. It's cool to have music about the same things, but I wanted to be an individual with my music. Even if people consider it R&B, it's feeling music. That's just what it is. You can call it rhythm & blues, but it's not rhyme and beats for short. It's real emotion. It's feel-good music and I hope people receive it well.
Do you think people may draw parallels between Sex Playlist and Confessions? >>