But despite the version that you may have heard blasting on the radio or making its way around the Internet, the remix to “Why R U? “The remix just leaked, and it was coming soon anyways, but the version that’s out there is not even mixed,” she explains.
“All the guys did it at different times and places, at different studios by different engineers.
My levels are here, we were putting drops in the track – but it sounds good. I’m not like, devastated.” You would figure that she would hold it against Def Jam for the leaks that have sprung from the project, but she’s pretty low-key as far as musicians go.
Before she headed over to Def Jam, she considered herself a “control freak” when it came to protecting her tracks, recording songs on her own drive and handing it over to the label when it was all finished. “I didn’t leave one, and I already knew I was going to the other,” she says. There was just negotiating a whole situation, which took some time, but that got done, and I didn’t make an announcement about it.
“I never really had issues with leakages before,” she says. I just would rather work on the project and then when it comes out, people will know.
“That’s because I used all my own stuff, I didn’t give music to anyone. But people speculated about it for months.” Her public silence also stemmed from the fact that she shies from the limelight, referring to herself as a “homebody” that doesn’t leave the house much.
See, I didn’t reference anyone, because it wouldn’t be honest to say it’s like that or this.
I do listen to Led Zeppelin and some of that stuff, but it’s not that.” From the sound of her album’s lead single “Why R U?
,” there seems to be less rock influence and way more of an old school hip-hop vibe this go-around.
The single, produced by The Buchanans, features a sample from Ultramagnetic MCs’ “Ego Trippin” and is as close to hip-hop that R&B can get. The remix for the single boasts a sample of Whodini’s “One Love,” featuring a smorgasbord of rappers including Nas, Rick Ross, Jadakiss and her own signing Kain.
Three albums deep into her career, R&B singer Amerie still manages to find herself in emotional turmoil.
But like the powerful music that’s graced her previous efforts, she’s turned to music to deal with heartache and happiness on her forthcoming album , which sees the artist treading on both old and new ground.