Exclusive: Brandy Champions Frank Ocean, Calls Dawn Richard the ‘Future’

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The countdown is on to Brandy’s sixth album Two Eleven. After dropping two singles and releasing the tracklisting, the R&B diva is ready to make her much-anticipated return on October 16.

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview, Brandy opens up about working with Frank Ocean before he was a superstar. “I could see it then,” recalls the 33-year-old, who collaborated with the acclaimed singer-songwriter on “Scared of Beautiful.” “I’m just really proud that we are blessed by his talent.”

Another singer who’s earned her respect is Dawn Richard. “Dawn’s the future,” says Brandy, who has already spoken with the former Dirty Money member about a duet. “I just want her to get the credit that she deserves.”

While her joint tour with Monica never materialized, she is looking forward to launching her own tour in the near future. Plus, find out happened to her collaboration with Drake and which song she wants as her next single.

How did the record with Frank Ocean, “Scared of Beautiful,” come together?
Well, he had the song for a while and when I heard it, it really just spoke to me. Sometimes you get to a point in your life where you’re scared to be great, you’re scared to be beautiful, you’re scared to be the best version of you and you talk to yourself and you try to get yourself back on track. I just remember feeling like that at a point in my life. I know there are so many people out there that go through that dark time and I felt like it could speak to a lot of people. He’s such a brilliant writer. He’s a poet and I love that about Frank Ocean. For him to write such a beautiful song and me get a chance to sing on it was a plus for me, such a blessing. So glad the world knows about him.

Did you always know he was going to be a star?
Absolutely. I knew and I always tease him. I tell him all the time that I knew before he knew. I’m telling you that you should sing. I’m telling you that you’re gonna be one of the biggest artists in the world. Like I’m telling him this and he’s looking at me like I’m crazy. I’m like, “Dude, you’re special.” Please know that you’re special. And he’s so meticulous and he needs everything to be on point and that’s when I knew that if he was gonna be an artist, he was gonna do it his own way. He trusted his gut, he trusted his instinct, and I’m just really proud that we are blessed by his talent.

Did you ever get a chance to collaborate with Drake?
That never happened, which I’m kinda bummed about ’cause I really wanted to work with [Noah "40” Shebib] and Drake. James Fauntleroy wrote such a beautiful song, but it didn’t work out for whatever reason, scheduling or politics, I’m not sure. I see myself working with Drake and 40 and I already have a great relationship with James, so if it doesn’t pan out for this album, I know it will in the future ’cause I see it so vividly. It’s just so clear. I love those guys.

Dawn Richard is a big fan of yours…
Yeah, I’m a big fan of hers too.

Have you met before?
We’ve actually hung out a couple times. Dawn’s the future. She really is the future. I just want her to get the credit that she deserves. I really do because she has really done something different with music and I want to continue to support her. I’m kinda bummed that our albums come out on the same day. I don’t really like that. You know how the business tries to make you compete and I don’t want that. I love her too much and I know she loves me, but I can’t push the album back any more or I’m not gonna have any fans [laughs].

Have you spoken about a duet?
We have talked about it and I really want that to happen. I would love to do a collaboration with Dawn and I would also love to do a collaboration with Kelly Rowland. It just makes sense. We’re born on the same day. I texted her the other day trying to bombard her album like, “Yo, let’s get this duet poppin’.”

Any touring plans?
I definitely want to tour. I just have to work out my TV schedule along with what I want to do for the tour. I really want it to be the right tour. I really want to put together something special for the fans. They haven’t seen me on stage for a while. That takes a little bit of time, but I definitely plan to tour with this album. I have to. I feel like I’ll lose fans if I don’t, so I definitely will do that.

What happened to the joint tour with Monica?
We talked about it. It never really got further than the conversation, which is a bummer ’cause I know a lot of our fans wanted that tour to come together. I’m still trying to work out my stuff TV-wise and I didn’t want to hold her up at all. She’s doing her thing too musically and it just didn’t work out.

Have you decided on a third single?
I would love for this song called “No Such Thing As Too Late” [written by Rico Love and produced by Jim Jonsin] to be the third single. It’s a ballad, but it has a knock to it. I love this song. Rico Love put his foot in this song. He put his heart and soul into it, and I really would love for the fans to hear this song before the album comes out.

Part 1: Brandy Talks Two Eleven, Compliments from Chris Brown, and Falling in Love

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43 Comments

  1. LouLou

    Omg I’m so excited for this album!

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    Karruche Will Never Be Rihanna Reply:

    @LouLou,

    Im excited too!!!! I just know this album will be the hottest r&b album of the year.

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    WonderLand19 Reply:

    @LouLou, Me too!!!!!!

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  2. Love Jeffery

    I Just Love Me Some Brandy!!! Without A Doubt I Am Getting Two Eleven On 10/16/2012, and Dawn’s Goldenheart Album As Well… I’m Just So Happy That Brandy Is Back, and I Really, Really, Really Want A Brandy, & Dawn Collaboration, and A Brandy, & Kelly Rowland Collaboration As Well… #TeamBrandy&Star4Life&Beyond.

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  3. Angela

    Hearts and Starz unite! If Brandy loves Dawn, so should everyone else. She is definitely an underrated talent! I’m getting both albums. Dawn’s GoldenHeart and Brandy’s TwoEleven!

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    lewminous Reply:

    @Angela, Me Too! I didn’t realize until just now that they are coming out on the same day.

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    georgia23 Reply:

    @Angela, FINALLY!!!! I LOVE BRANDY AND ALWAYS HAVE (All the way back to box braids and bubble jackets!) BUT I LOOOOOOVES MYSELF SOME DAWN TOO. and I WILL be getting TwoEleven AND Goldenheart when they drop! I’m so glad she likes Dawn… now all these fights about who’s better and whatnot can cease. GO BRAN!!!

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    Kylie Reply:

    @Angela, Brandy took to long to realise what Dawn had been saying since 2008, Dawn has been championing Brandy and saying “I’m not worthy” for the longest. Never once had a bad thing to say about Brandy, yet Bran bought into the “Dawn is trying to take Brandys spot” mess her fans and associates concocted out of now where. I don’t buy this love for Dawn, and I will be buying ‘Golden heart’. It’s unlikely to make the dent it deserves to but it will undoubtedly be full of the quality and artistic direction Brandys will surely lack.

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Kylie, how do u know what Brandy felt about Dawn before?? If you know Brandy, you would know that she’s NEVER a hater!! She’s the most humble and modest artist out there…

    And Brandy NEVER lacks quality when it comes to music…what rock did u crawl from under??

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    trillafood Reply:

    @Kylie, Girl kill yourself. Brandy has always showed Dawn ugly ass love.

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  4. My name is oo

    I want that high heels lol

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  5. TRP

    What TV stuff is she talking about?

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    SdotB Reply:

    @TRP, ummm…The Game…she also has movies that she’s gonna be doing promo for (The Marriage Counselor by Tyler Perry), and i’m sure she has other things in the works…

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    RealShyt Reply:

    @TRP, The Game, Drop Dead Diva, promo, she was working on the tyler perry movie, etc.

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  6. Warren

    Brandy & Dawn??? that would be a hot duet!!! hopefully next year

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  7. THE MALEZ

    She’s so FAKE & SHADY to me. All she did was USE the MONICA duet for buzz and now since Mo’s album didnt sell well she’s throwing the whole idea of even touring with her under the bus.She didnt even put the new duet on her album. FAKE ASS BITCH !

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    serina Reply:

    @THE MALEZ, She didnt put that song on the album because it flopped. It didnt do what they thought it would do and since that song wasnt a hit she scrapped it from her album.

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    SdotB Reply:

    @THE MALEZ, now would u put a flopping single on ur album?? Think about it…

    It’s pure bizness!!!!

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    RealShyt Reply:

    @SdotB, exactly! the song wasn’t hers to begin with, where as The Boy is Mine was their joint song. IABTM was Monica’s song, so even if it was a hit I don’t think they planned to put it on her album…BUT since it did flop why would u put it on there? Brandy is rebuilding and rebranding herself, she cant afford any mistakes.

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    trillafood Reply:

    @THE MALEZ, None of the fans want It All Belongs To Me on 2/11 and it’s not her fault Bored Life floppped. It was Monica’s job to promote it, not Brandy’s. And Monica reached to Brandy for IABTM so do your research before you so quick to throw shade. Stupid, hating ass troll.

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  8. Dave

    YES Brandy! Dawn, Kelly, & Brandy >>>>>>>>>>>

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  9. missdiva

    dont like the two singles i heard so far think i’ll pass on brandy and get dawn this time..dawn Wild&Faith video Hotttt!!!

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  10. Kyle

    I LOVE BRANDY. I was thinking about that when she announced the new release date for “Two Eleven” and I was like, “oh god, Dawn is supposed to come out that day too!” because we all know they sound a little similar. Who knows though, Dawn might end up pushing hers back or forward. I can’t wait to hear “Scared of Beautiful.” I feel like that song will be very relateable to a lot of people. Can’t wait to cop that album!!!

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  11. O_O

    A while ago I’d be here for Dawn, Brandy and Kelly but creatively, Brandy and Kelly have no idea what they want to say with their music and who they are as artists. Dawn and her team have commitment and creative drive that Brandy and Kelly could really learn from and apply to their music and careers. Let Bran and Kelly fuse their uncreative music together, maybe it will form some semblance of artistic. Maybe they’ll let Dawn, Drew and Carla write and artistically direct them. I mean Dawn said she’d love to write for Bran years ago. Maybe Bran will take up the offer, now.

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    SdotB Reply:

    @O_O, OK now why would they need to take notes from Dawn when they’re CLEARLY wayyyyy more successful?? lol

    And why would they take notes from someone who has NEVER released a solo album before??

    I’ll wait…

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  12. Jay

    I can’t wait for this album man!!! It’s gonna be so good. And a Dawn collabo would be awesome, but I would REALLY love to hear Kelly and Brandy on a track together!! Kelly, get back at Brandy!!! LOL Two Eleven baby!!!!! :)

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  13. Truth

    I dont think Dawn should release her album the same day. We havent even got any promotion for The Golden Heart yet. She should push it back to November or around the Holidays. The Golden Heart title just has that Holiday feel to it. I think she could benefit from Holiday sales too.

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    Seriously? Reply:

    @Truth, Dawn knows she is indie and figure will not even make a dent. She is putting out the music on the date she set at the top of the year. I don’t think she’ll get any more exposure between the current release date & December. She is not a signed artist he promo budget is zero.

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    lol Reply:

    @Truth, She doesn’t have promotion yet b/c she’s not signed

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  14. Seriously?

    Dawn has the drive of a Beyonce or a Gaga and I think you’re right in saying Kelly and Brandy could use that same kind of drive in their work but I would love them to go in a different direction to Dawn.

    I’ll be buying all three albums.

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  15. Gene

    I like all three women.I’ll be buying all three albums when they drop but I want classic tracks from all three women. It is a shame that Brandys team felt the need to chose a date the girl most compared to Bran had publicised as her release date since like February, but aye.

    All three women give me something different. As long as they know who they are and commit to giving creative & artistic quality music. Dawn is musical art, Kelly is high class, feel good dance/pop and she needs to stick to that and Brandy is R&B Adele, music with power, soul & meaning.

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  16. Shae

    Some people still don’t understand the genius Frankie is… he always amazes me. “Scared of Beautiful” is one of my favorites from the ‘Lonny Breaux Collection”. Can’t wait to hear the new version!

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  17. lol

    I think the two of them (dawn & brandy) could take over r&b

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    Warren Reply:

    @lol, they are doing the hottest r&b music, so yeah

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  18. lala

    YES KELLY ROWLAND AND BRANDY!!!!!!!

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  19. ticklem3

    Brandy is freaking amazing!!! Cant wait to
    Hear her cd!!! 2!11– im buying Dawn’s cd too!!

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  20. jayj

    *sighs* my 2 faves in sweet harmony; I really like this duet idea, make it happen,lolz!

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  21. relly

    Love her. Hope her 3rd single is a ballad. “Wildest Dreams” is midtempo, “Put it Down” was upbeat, so it only makes sense.

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  22. Criss

    Excited for this!!

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  23. stephen

    oh im gettin it

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  24. AARON

    yessssss KELLY AND BRANDY COLLABO BRING IT ON…

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  25. tee

    lmao she already recorded the song with kelly!

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  26. You don't know my up Man Orange

    awsome of Brandy aka Bran Rock Can’t wait for her album

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