Amerie: Well, I wrote the entire album, but a couple others helped co-write as well. He’s focusing on his projects, his group (Rich Girl) and a male singer. It’s not necessarily a good relationship, but it’s just a magical record.
Ameriie has been in the studio working on the follow-up to last year’s (note the new spelling), named after the study of visible sound and vibration.
“I’m still in the studio right now, so the best thing I can say is it’s a very international, worldly sound,” she told Rap-Up TV.
Sam: Ok so, your move from Columbia Records to Def Jam has been much documented, with many of your fans citing the handling of your last record ‘Because I Love It’ as the main reason for that. Amerie: It wasn’t really the handling of my last record, because it was much more than that. Even now I am still cool with some of the people that I became friends with, but on a business level I felt like it wasn’t the best match.
Then when I released ‘Because I Love It’ overseas it was supposed to have a slightly different tracklist for the States, but I could just feel all the changes going on and creatively with the label it was really hard to have something creative and have it be done right as far as marketing etc. I hesitated releasing the album State Side, because I was thinking about leaving for two years actually.
Though, I usually have that on every album in some capacity Sam: While many of your fans love the old sound, I am among those who latched onto Amerie from the ‘Because I Love’ It album and it’s retro feel with tracks like ‘Crush’ and ‘Crazy Wonderful’. Amerie: As far as those who really like ‘Crush’ and ‘Crazy Wonderful’? There’s none of that on this album, because I feel as though I already got that out my system. There might be a couple of other features for the project, but they may not be on the album or not. I worked with really talented people and I was able to accomplish the sound that I really wanted for this album.
If anything the Hip-Hop samples are there from the 80s, but it’s not the New Wave. I worked with Warryn Campbell, I worked with Eric Hudson. Amerie: Well Salaam and I met and went over some stuff, but we never got to finish what we were going to do. Rich and I didn’t get to get in the studio this time around. To me it just captures a moment in a relationship where you are really exasperating the fact that you are really into the person that you are with.
After I heard it when it was done and it was playing in my car for the first time, I just felt like wow if I can pick a record that I wanted people to hear from me first it would be this.
This is really emotionally and sonically so much of who I am.
For me though, I just want people to enjoy the music. That’s why it’s important to have people around that are great at what they do with promotions and marketing. When it comes to myself I like to stay in creative mode as much as I can. When I meet different people, like when I meet different producers…like I met Teddy Riley…he totally understands my style and said all these things about what I created and my contributions to music and I was kind of floored.
I feel like when you have someone like Teddy Riley who is a freaking legend and genius and they recognize what you do…and I was talking to Questlove and he was breaking down what I do.
I’m signed to Def Jam through a company that I co-founded which Sam: We can’t shy away from the reports which surfaced on Billboard a few weeks back which insinuated there were creative differences between yourself and LA Reid prior to the finalisation of this new project, which had your place at the label in question. I’m always saying if it were up to me I would just like pass it out to everybody for free. Of course, the label does not want to do that (laughs).