Brandy joined forces with Monica for “It All Belongs To Me” to mark her return after an extended hiatus. She followed up with the Bangladesh-produced “Put It Down,” featuring a rap verse from Chris Brown.
Recently, the R&B superstar chatted with Bark + Bite to elaborate on Frank Ocean’s contribution to her upcoming album, Two Eleven, her VH1 Behind The Music special and the possibilities of a tour with Monica.
Bark + Bite: You’ve already worked with Frank Ocean in the past, but you’re said to have completed work with him for the new album, right?
Brandy: Yeah, I love Frank Ocean. I tease him all the time that I knew before everyone else knew how special he was. It’s always great to work with him, he’s such a young genius just coming into his own.
He gave me a great song called “Scared of Beautiful” and I think the meaning of that record is just so huge. It could be taken in so many different ways and there are so many double entendres going on in that song. Just people who are afraid to succeed, people who are afraid to love, people who are afraid of being the best version of who they are. That’s how it can relate to everyone. I really hope that it makes the album, I really hope it does.
Bark + Bite: Your VH1 Behind the Music recently aired. It was a pretty emotional special. What was it like for you to watch it?
Brandy: I actually have never seen it. I lived it and I was definitely open in talking about it, so there’s no need for me to watch it. It felt like a weight was lifted and I appreciate VH1 wanting to do a Behind the Music with me because it was so needed for me just personally and emotionally.
Just being able to tell my story and be very transparent with the people that loved me for so long and also, to reach the people that were confused about the things that happened or were judgmental or whatever the case may be. I was able to confront that.
And taking responsibility always relieves you in so many ways. So it was very liberating for me, and I was so glad I did that because now I don’t have to talk about any of that anymore. It can really be about going forward and what my music represents and what my life is and my purpose.
Bark + Bite: There was talk of you possibly hitting the road with Monica for a joint tour. Is that still in the works?
Brandy: Um, honestly, we haven’t really talked about it since we stopped promoting “It All Belongs to Me.” I just honestly think Monica and I are in different places in our music. And my vibe is a little bit different this time around so I don’t know. I kind of wanna do my own thing. I definitely feel like the fans would want a tour from us, but I don’t know, I just feel like I’m being pulled in a different direction. I’m definitely still open to it, but right now I’m looking in a different way right now for me.
Considering it’s a written interview, and it may not be as harsh as it is transcribed, I will hold my thoughts on Brandy’s comments concerning the tour with Monica. Personally, I’d love to see the ladies tour together. What are your thoughts?