“I didn’t plan on releasing The Renaissance the same day of the 2008 Presidential elections. It just worked out that way. The Renaissance is a special album for me. I really enjoyed this album. It’s very optimistic. It let people know what time it was for me as an artist. Getting D’Angelo on the album was big (‘Believe’). And I did this track called ‘We Fight/We Love’ with Raphael Saadiq. I sung the words and melodies to Raphael and he killed it.
I have to do what’s in my heart. I have to have a conviction about the music. That’s how I am still to this day. I can’t conform. I’m not going to be one those artists that’s had this career and now is trying to come back by jumping on tracks that sound like what’s going on now. I gotta do me. And that’s what you hear on The Renaissance.”