Exclusive: Brandy Talks ‘Two Eleven,’ Compliments from Chris Brown, & Falling in Love

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“No gimmicks, real R&B music,” says Brandy while describing her sixth album Two Eleven. The 33-year-old songstress is not playing games this time around, assembling an all-star cast of collaborators including Sean Garrett, Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Bangladesh, Tha Bizness, and more.

The album doesn’t drop until October 16, but the support has been pouring in from her fans and peers. “I kinda forgot what that felt like,” says Brandy, who topped the charts at the age of 15 with her self-titled debut.

In addition to her career, her love life is also having a resurgence these days. Just when she had given up on love, she reconnected with music executive Ryan Press. “He loves me for every flaw. He accepts me as who I am and he can see me for who I am,” says Brandy of her beau, who inspired her second single “Wildest Dreams.”

With her boyfriend sitting by her side, Brandy opened up to Rap-Up.com about being embraced once again, compliments from her collaborator Chris Brown, and falling in love. Plus, will she be reuniting with Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins on this album? Find out in Part 1 of our exclusive interview.

You’re a veteran in the game. Does it feel any different now?
I’m just excited. I think I’m just happy to be doing this and to receive the love that I’ve been receiving is just amazing. It’s amazing to check my Twitter and to see all the love, so that feels good. I kinda forgot what that felt like. And to have so many people that are on board and people calling me and saying, the record is that and that, it’s been so long I kinda forgot. It’s great to remember and to get that feeling again of people appreciating what you do and your music.

People are really rooting for you. Do you get that feeling as well?
I do. I really do. That’s crazy. I root for people. For other artists and the core fans to be proud for me is really a blessing. I don’t take it for granted. I’m really grateful and really appreciative of everybody showing me love. It wasn’t always like that for me, so I do appreciate that.

So the album has an official release date of October 16…
Finally, right? A real release date.

Is it done?
The album is done.

Do you know how many tracks are going to be on there?
We’re gonna probably try to do 12 tracks on the main album and then for the deluxe album, we probably wanna do 15 or 16.

How would you describe this record?
It’s just an R&B album, a rhythm and blues album. That’s what it is. No gimmicks, real R&B music.

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…

Did you get in the studio with Timbaland again?
I was supposed to work with Timbaland, but our schedules didn’t connect. It sucked because Timbaland is like one of my favorite producers.

What about Rodney Jerkins?
We didn’t [work together], but I would love to work with Rodney again. I hear he’s doing some amazing stuff now and I would love to get back in with him. That’s a never-ending relationship. I will get back in the studio with him at some point.

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.

Look for Part 2 of our interview with Brandy next week.



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49 Comments

  1. B'RockaBaby

    Didn’t she drop her first album at 15?

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    Colin Reply:

    @B’RockaBaby,

    Yes..I saw that error, too! Just wrong lol!

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    MEEET_ Reply:

    @B’RockaBaby, Yeaaa she did

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  2. Fa

    Don’t mess with Bran on vocals.
    She is a beast!
    Can’t wait!

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Fa, Vocals? She is always Hoarse when she sings, she cant even hit HIGH notes. Did you see how horrible she sounded on BET Awards disgracing the legacy of the late Whitney Houston. Her vocals were so tired. Brandy is HAS BEEN Material. At least Monica sounded half decent.

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    Fa Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, sick sad person get of this page and see a psychitrist. your life is wrong!

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    Roman Emperor: Commenter Formerly Known as Roman Empire Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, You give her TOO much credit, I couldn’t even HEAR the sorry hoe. Say it together people? LIP SYNCHING

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    Credits Reply:

    @MinajRules2012,

    Brandy’s rendition of those Whitney songs sounded like magic. I didn’t hear an artist trying to sound like whitney, i heard Brandy giving nothing but brandy, she was flawless in her range. And how dare you…..Monica was more than “half decent” she was amazing.

    Of course you are entitled to your opinion though….but If you ride so hard for nicki minaj, why do you try to bring down the artists she once looked up to? I’m just trying to get a sense of where you are at psychologically….

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    TYLER* Reply:

    @Fa, Right!!!!

    she is Amazing!

    I know she’s reading these comments…

    So Bran, if you are reading this…

    YOU HAVE TO RELEASE MORE THAN JUST 2 SINGLES THIS ERA!!!

    AFTER WILDEST DREAMS WAIT TO WHAT THE FANS SAY SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT SINGLE AND GO WITH IT… AND THEN RELEASE 1 OR 2 MORE…. GIVE US A SOLID ERA THIS GO AROUND!

    AND FOR THE NEXT ALBUM CAN WE GET A “AFRODISIAC MEETS FULL MOON” RECORD LOL

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    Roman Emperor: Commenter Formerly Known as Roman Empire Reply:

    @Fa, LMMFAO,, this is the same so called vocalist that couldn’t even sing LIVE at the BET awards?? But chris an idiot so why am I surprised. His name has meant dirt since he brutally assaulted Rihanna, pray that we don’t forget that lil detail? Stay away Brandy, he’ll get you too. Actually, him beating her MIGHT be an improvement #js

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    Fa Reply:

    @Roman Emperor: Commenter Formerly Known as Roman Empire,
    you must be a beyonce fan.
    Get back to you pre recorded copy cat mama!
    We talk authencity and class here!so shush!
    Sit down!

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  3. Colin

    Love you Bran…..can NOT WAIT for this album. And I WILL be gettin’ that delux version…’cause Imma need ’bout 16 new Bran tracks in my life! You are the ONLY artist that excites me! Your voice and skill are AMAZING!

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    ASIPOFBRANDY Reply:

    @Colin, Co-sign cause I’ m gonna get both the standard and the deluxe, the same thing I did with Usher’s Confessions .

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  4. mrstackhouse

    excited for the album.

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  5. Ernest

    Ummm Brandy first album came out when she was 15 lol. Anyway I’m so ready for this album. I know this album will be the best album of 2012 for R&B Female. I’m just ready. Hurry up October.

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  6. eddie

    It was 15 but I can’t wait

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  7. THE REAL B[RANDY]

    This album is about to cause commotion! Go B!

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @THE REAL B[RANDY], Commotion? Lmao!! Can you guys please STOP gassin Brandy up and if you guys are such “Stans” for Brandy, why does every album she releases FLOP?!!!

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    trillafood Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Why Sticki Garbaj “Wack Reloaded” still isn’t platinum after 236563342 singles?

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  8. Luis

    I’m gonna need that full 16 Bran, like NSN! Should be 14 tracks for the reg then 18 for deluxe! Don’t let those unreleased gems go to waste! Love ya!

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  9. Lauren

    Go Brandy!!! She seems so happy. I want her to win. I’m rooting for you girl! Love the two new songs.

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  10. peace

    @MinajRules2012, such comments are rude, hurtful and just plain evil. You’re not the one to judge. Be careful what you say.

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  11. Beautiful Disaster89

    @MinajRules2012 for someone who talks mad shit about Brandy you always on her stuff lol smh

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  12. Be3000

    Her music just makes me happy!

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  13. MinajRules2012

    I’m an ugly human being who sits on the computer all day who hate on ppl who’s living better than me. i hate myself.

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  14. Minajrules2012

    I have no friends so i have to bring everyone down.Can someone call me a doctor please?

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  15. WonderLand19

    Looking forward to hearing ‘Slower’.Sounds like a hit! I will be buying this album as Brandy is giving something new and fresh.

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  16. Love

    When I hear great news about Brandy, I’m usually happy for the rest of the day, lol. I LOVE her…her music is amazing and she seems to have an amazing heart. I am totally rooting for her to WIN and do well. Can’t wait to hear this new album!

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  17. Morgan

    I’m not a huge fan, but I might just buy this album. Hated ‘Put It Down,’ but the follow-up was dope. And, don’t get me started on that Whitney tribute >>>>>>>>>>>>>

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  18. kris

    two eleven? the day whitney died?

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    Aaron Reply:

    @kris, It’s also her Brandy’s Birthday

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  19. common

    Brandy is one of the best selling musicians of all time!!!!!!all her albums were hits accept for human evem though it was also a gud album!!!!!! haters stay mad!!!! The vocal bible is back!!!!

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  20. KNUCK

    Bran Bran, we love you and this album is a true masterpiece!!!

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  21. FOH

    Damn no Timbaland?! Damn ever since RCA posted the official press for the album a couple weeks ago and his name was the 1st producer on the list I was pretty excited. I didnt care if it was only one song, Brandy and Tim make good music together, Afrodisiac is still one of my favorite albums to listen too. Hopefully something works out.

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  22. Kyle

    I can’t wait to hear this album!

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  23. ASIPOFBRANDY

    Brandy is coming out with a 7th album soon after and I can’t wait!

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    Credits Reply:

    @ASIPOFBRANDY,

    damn, we are all hyped up about the 6th album and you are already on the 7th….lol

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  24. La_Chicha_Pelua

    Can’t Wait 2 Get That 2/11 Deluxe CD in My Stereo System, This Woman Is A Walking Instrument(Literally)Her Voice Is Like A Flute 2 Me, So Far The Singles Have Been HOT Stuff! I Really Would Like 2 Hear Her Sing In Spanish & 2Do Gospel 1 Day! BTW Her Album Cover Is The Business!

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  25. TheDreamer

    Can’t wait till the album and am glad she is keeping it r&b. Also looking forward to that Slower song. Glad you are happy with your boyfriend Brandy.

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  26. Steve

    Love her period so I’ll be supporting…

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  27. Credits

    *CROSSES FINGERS* “how high” and “make belief” please be on the album, if not please be on the bonus tracks or give us a pre-album mixtape with those two songs on it lol….please, i know you can see this brandy. lol

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    Thea Reply:

    @Credits, Lol – I didn’t see your comments before I must posted that! Great minds think alike ;)

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    Thea Reply:

    @Credits, *just

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  28. Thea

    All I know is – she better have “Make Believe” and “How High” (from “A Family Business” on there!!! Then I’ll be cool with everything else! Lol

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  29. Huh

    Why is Brandy BF with her EVERYWHERE. At every interview, every shooting, every appearance. Doesn’t that get oppressive after a while? Don’t he have a job? Also, please, get that man some help in the style/swag department. Who goes to major red carpet events wearing baggy jeans, baseball caps and looks like he needs a shape up and shave? Brandy is dressed to kill and her BF looks like security. I’m just observing..

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Huh, why r u so pressed about what her man wears and looks like?? And it’s HER MAN, who she’s IN LOVE with, so he can be with her as much as he wants…also, yes he has a job, if u would’ve read clearly it says he’s a music executive!!!!

    Sounds like u are doing some unnecessary hating..as long as Brandy is happy that’s all that matters!

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  30. 4/4/2012 Part Bulioeez

    Nice interview

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  31. 4/4/2012 Part Bulioeez

    Beautiful Interview

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  32. Jessica

    love ya Brandy keep up the good work

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