Omarion‘s new EP, ‘Care Package 2,’ arrived last week, but the R&B singer isn’t taking a break from the studio just because he’s busy promoting this project. He’s been hard at work on his upcoming LP, due next year. Besides bringing back a sense of romance on the effort, he’s also collaborating with some big names.
“I’m working with Eric Hudson, who did ‘Entourage’ [with me],” he reveals to The Boombox. “And James Fauntleroy [II], who just did one of my new favorite songs with Jay Z and Beyonce, ‘Part II (On The Run).’ James is also a good friend of mine so I’m doing that. But also, I’m currently and still supposed to get in the studio with Pharrell, and I hope that works because I know he’s really busy.”
While there’s no firm release date for the album, Maybach O was more than happy to share where he’s at in the recording process. “I still am recording,” the 28-year-old says. “This is what we like to call the magic time, and that’s toward the end of the album and where you really get into your stride. You record records that you think are cool, and then it’s like you record 20 or 30 songs and start to hear your body of work. Then you take you, and then you add to. And that’s where I am now where I’m in the last bit of recording of my album, which is where I’ll probably get my title and stuff like that.”
The new LP will also feature songs that didn’t make the final ‘Care Package 2′ tracklist. Overall, Omarion is looking forward to showcasing his maturity and evolution on the project. Plus, being on the go once promo ramps up isn’t a bad deal either. “I can’t wait for people to hear [the album] and just to get into that TV, performance in the morning, radio after,” he exclaims. “I’m ready for that. It’s what my life has been built on.”
Omarion is ready to leave his teen image behind. The singer, who announced his signing to Maybach Music Group last May, is currently in the studio prepping his fourth solo album Love & Other Drugs, which is currently without a release date. The project follows December’s Care Package EP, which showed Maybach O embracing adult themes in his music.
Omarion last released his third studio album Ollusion in 2010, entering the charts at No. 19 with 19,300 copies sold. For Love & Other Drugs, he’s already hit the studio with a handful of producers and songwriters including Pharrell Williams, Tank, James Fauntleroy and Eric Hudson, though he wants to keep features light.
“Tank, he was a writer and producer on my first album. He’s been a part of every project I’ve done as a solo artist. He’s done some awesome music for the album,” he said. “I cut some records with Pharrell. I don’t know whether we’re going to be able to keep him on the album, but he’s someone who’s worked with me and is an all-time favorite to me. When I look back on the records I’ve done, that’s something that sticks out to me. Pharrell, Tank… A lot of new producers. I’m working with Eric Hudson again. James Fauntleroy.”
O’s new album is really just getting started. He’s gone from the Sony system, where he spent the first six years of his career, to Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group. The deal was recently finalized. Omarion said he felt the need to change labels because of all the changes that happened at Sony over the past few years. Switches in staffing, he said, affected the proper push of his past few projects. There’s no date yet for the new album, nor have any guest stars been announced. The only other producer being mentioned is Pharrell Williams.
“I asked to be released,” he said of the rumors that Sony dropped him. “A release is different from a drop. When an artist is dropped, usually they haven’t brought any revenue to the company. As you know, I’ve been with that company for a long time, roughly over six years. Throughout B2K and my solo albums, revenue was still brought in. An artist like me could never get dropped. How did I get dropped and I still ended up in a great situation? Usually when you hear ‘drop,’ it means, ‘Oh, he’s over.’ It’s a wrap. It’s unfortunate that stuff like that gets put out there. Everybody likes to associate — especially me being such a cool dude — with negative things. Are you kidding me?”
“We’re just picking each other’s brains to see what can be done differently,” he continued. “My energetic style and aggressiveness when I perform, I don’t think that’s necessarily been captured [for the length of] an album. I always felt like I had joints like ‘Touch,’ even ‘Entourage,’ where it’s upbeat. But it hasn’t been captured in an album. All these crazy new dances, all these different things I wanna do. When I look at my peers in the game, they capture the true essence of who they are. I kinda felt like throughout my career, I had just blots of that.”
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