Joe’s voice is practically a national treasure. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing him in concert, you know he sounds just like the records he recorded in the early nineties. A career over twenty years is bound to attract some controversy. And so we asked Joe about the domestic violence Kiely Williams (formerly of 3LW) lodged against the singer, saying he beat her mother, Joe’s former manager, when they were in a relationship, and the rumors that fellow R&B singer R Kelly was trying to sabotage his career.

And most importantly, he spoke about the music. This is what he said fans can expect from the new album.

What they’re going to get from this record is just pure, pure R&B at its core. We kinda got to go back a little bit to move R&B forward. Take some pages from the old school, like the Marvin Gayes, the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jackson’s, which was R&B music. That’s the essence of it, going back a little bit.

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