You once mentioned that you were experimenting with an uptempo, dance sound. Is that correct?
That was in reference to a song that I recorded while I was [in Europe]. I got a chance to hear the music that was playing out there prior to me coming there. It’s almost like when I come into the territory they change the music to 50 Cent music, so I’m saying, “What were you playing before I got here?” And this music was all fast, the tempo and production, it was just different. So I recorded a song with my actual band at the time ’cause I was traveling with them. I went to the studio and we recorded a song together that had that kinda tempo to it and I said this’ll work right now ’cause this is what they’re actually dancing to. But the whole album doesn’t have that actual feel. That song probably won’t even make the record. When I’m in the creative space, I start sorting through everything possible because I might find something that’s special in that area.
How would you describe your latest direction?
It’s still got a soulful vibe to it and that’s why I called it Black Magic. I had some Marvin Gaye-inspired stuff, some things that content-wise would feel like something Curtis Mayfield would do from my perspective, and just the choices of how the cadences on the records were like performance music that they did in the past. It feels brand new. If I didn’t tell you it was inspired by that, you wouldn’t know that I got it from that. I didn’t say the same things that they said; it’s just my perspective on what they offered.
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I think a soulful vibe would be a good look for 50, something like, “Hate Or Love It.”