Ye Ali has been giving us that island vibes since day one from TrapHouse Jodeci. He has released the second part to the “TrapHouse” recently and we been having it on repeat! From beginning to the end, it is nothing but straight vibes. “Lemonade” singer will be going on a ‘Cuffing Season’ tour with other special guests this winter. We have caught up with the Ye discussed the making of TrapHouse Jodeci 2, working with creative artists this year and what is more to come in 2020 plus more
RESPECT.: What will be different from the first Traphouse Jodeci? Is there growth?
I was more of a hands-on with THJ2 as far as producing the beats. I made sure I had a major part in each song from the ground up. That’s the main difference between this and the first one. for THJ2 I needed to tell some of the stories I went through in songs like “Serious” and “Voodoo” I get more in-depth about my personal love life.
RESPECT.: With features and special guest appearances, do we need to have our plan bs ready?
Plan B’s need to be ready from the start of the intro called “HMU.” I brought a few guests such as Ro James and Jesse Boykins III with me along with a few others.
RESPECT.: With the year coming to an end plus with the release of the new project, what can we expect from 2020 from Ye?
I was finishing the year with the album plus tour. Also, we start TrapHouse Jodeci 3 which will be the final chapter of THJ series. I did T3 entirely in Atlanta with music producer Troy Taylor.
RESPECT.: I see that you will be going on tour with Eric Bellinger and more, tell us more about that? Give us the classic JE vibes by the tour poster.
Me, Syri Da Kid and Garren will be coming on the Cuffing Season tour wit Eric. We are all bringing something different to the table, and we were all actually pretty cool with each other which makes touring easier.
RESPECT.: Can you say that r&b is back but better within the last decade?
I’ve always thought R&B was strong, in every era. I never thought it needed to be brought back, but it just needed more lights and cameras…more attention. R&B runs the world..always has.
RESPECT.: What can we expect from this tour?
Not sure, but y’all got to come and find out. It’s going to be a lot of women at the show.
RESPECT.: With working with Chris Brown on the Indigo project, would you say that your creative drive has gone up or leveled up?
I leveled up monthly based on my own personal goals. Working with Chris Brown definitely gave me a boost amongst peers and in the industry.
RESPECT.: From Traphouse Jodeci to Private Suite, the ‘90s sound has been heavy on you! Who were some of your favorites whom you look up to for the sound to create or mix with your island ting vibe? We know Jodeci.
Sisqo, RFTW, The Dream, Static Major, Danny Boy T-Pain, and Case are some of my R&B inspirations, as well as, Donnell Jones because a lot of people don’t know how good of a writer he was. The island vibes come from being in Toronto and working with a lot of people over there for years.
RESPECT.: You and Bizness Boi are the top duo when it comes to creating! With this upcoming project, what can you say are your top favorite singles you guys produce that was fun to do? And Why?
My favorite songs to do with Biz were “Talk2me” and “Notice” because we sat there and made everything from scratch. It made me appreciate the journey just as much as the destination.
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