Congratulations on the new record deal with Atlantic and the new album! I heard you killed it last night in Atlanta.
Thank you, thank you. What’s going on right there? (points to my wedding ring)
I’m married. That’s my wedding ring!
You betta act right! Whoever gave you that ring is not bullShytetin’. Shyte!
I think I’m doing alright by him and he’s good to me too, but back to you. How would you describe the new album?
I’m very happy, very happy. This album is the culmination of a journey. All the work, blood, sweat and tears of the first three albums brought me to this point.
Where does the title “Now or Never” come from?
It’s my part in trying to keep real music alive. Now is the time to really address that. We have to make sure that along with the new things that people are doing, we also get the foundation of what R&B music is really about. The title “Now or Never” is about the urgency of it. Let’s get it done now. Let’s not procrastinate.
This might be a tough question because I’m sure the whole album is your baby, but do you have a favorite track?
I love the “Celebration” record with Drake. It’s very smooth. I also love the Bonnie Raitt track, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” It’s a very special record.
Speaking of Drake, you worked with him, Chris Brown and J. Valentine on this album. What was it like working with all those guys?
It was cool! I’m always just trying to get in the studio and make good music. Drake came about just out of respect. He gave me a shout out on his first single. Got some more walk-throughs because of him! I appreciated that. We just really wanted to find a way to collaborate.