After penning hits for Brandy and Mindless Behavior, Sean Garrett returns to the mic with his new single “Anytime” featuring “Versace” hitmakers Migos.
The Bet I Penned It boss reconnects with an ex-girlfriend on the Zaytoven-produced record and makes her wish that she was still with him, while Migos adds some grittiness to the smooth joint.
Sean recently teamed up with Meek Mill to launch a joint label, Dreamchasers/Bet I Penned It. “Me and Meek Mill are just forming a new company and forming a new movement. We’re coming together and doing a new label deal together,” he told MTV News.
Sean Garrett has been working behind the scenes, producing for Brandy and Mindless Behavior, but he returns to the mic with his new single “Twilight Zone.” The Pen calls on a rapping Trey Songz and an Auto-Tuned Future for the freaky record, which is set to appear on his Gangsta Grillz mixtape, The Inkwell 2, tentatively due in July.
“Yes, we back again with another song of the summer,” Garrett told Billboard. “This time more conceptual, sexy, moody, street, and club—that both the DJs and the ladies are gonna love.”
A video was shot earlier this week in L.A. Step into the “Twilight Zone” below.
Mindless Behavior is on a mission in the video for “Keep Her On the Low,” the first single off their sophomore album All Around the World. The teen sensations—Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray, and Princeton—suit up as special agents and perform some slick choreography in the Erik White-directed clip, which features Sean Garrett.
“We come into this abandoned warehouse and we find this briefcase and our manager, aka Agent Walter Millsap, is giving us directions on how to get on top of the roof in five minutes to throw a house party,” explained Agent Princeton.
Their wardrobe was inspired by Men in Black. “We’re taking it to a new level for 2013,” added Agent Roc. “This album is about us maturing—new styles, new look, everything. We’re just getting older.”
All Around the World drops March 12 followed by their documentary, Mindless Behavior: All Around the World, opening exclusively at AMC Theatres on March 15.
Brandy falls in love with 2 Chainz and Tyga on the official remix to her single “Put It Down,” produced by Sean Garrett. Deuce kicks off the bass-heavy banger, name-checking Brandy’s TV character Moesha, while T-Raw does it with the lights off. Re-up with the remix.
Brandy embarked on the next chapter of her career last week with her hot new single “Put It Down” featuring Chris Brown. One of the hitmakers responsible for her new sound is Sean Garrett, who produced the track with Bangladesh. Rap-Up TV caught up with Sean to discuss Brandy’s comeback and her upcoming album Two Eleven, for which he helmed nine tracks.
“When I got the call to work with her, I felt like, ‘Wow, this would be an opportunity for me to sort of work with one of my dream artists,’” said Sean, who explained how the Chris collaboration came about.
“People probably thought there would be a rapper on there and we wanted to surprise people,” he said. “[Chris] tweeted and said that Brandy’s the most phenomenal vocalist of all time, so what more can you say? He gave it up to her and he’s not easily impressed.”
Brandy’s RCA/Chameleon Records debut is due this summer. “‘Put It Down’ is a good segway to what the album is about,” he explained. “The album’s definitely not predictable. At the same time, it’s progressive. It’s made to excite people. It’s about keeping people intrigued. It’s about entertainment.
“Brandy always made people feel a certain type of way with her music. And so we wanted to keep that integrity, but we wanted to also make the new fans respect who she is because she’s an icon, she’s a living legend.”
Plus, he revealed a drum-heavy track he did with Bangladesh called “Sick.” “I feel like a lot of women are gonna love that record,” he teased.
Sean Garrett has a big year ahead working on new music for Chris Brown, T.I., Brandy, and Nicole Scherzinger, but the platinum hitmaker took a few moments out of his busy schedule to reflect on the past year in music. Garrett shared his five favorite albums of the year with Rap-Up.com. Find out which fellow singer-songwriter made his list, the Young Money rapper who landed at #4, and his “hands down” choice for best album of 2011.
Brandy is coming back hard. Sean Garrett has been in the lab diligently working on the R&B veteran’s sixth album, her first since signing to RCA/Chameleon Records. The hitmaker spoke exclusively with Rap-Up.com about developing a current, yet fresh sound with today’s top hitmakers including Bangladesh, Hit-Boy, and Tha Bizness, while staying true to her R&B roots.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to really try to bring R&B back,” explained Garrett, who also teased with details about the hip-hop-influenced first single, which will feature a surprise guest and is expected to arrive before Christmas.
Find out what he had to say about Brandy’s return to music.