Interview: Lyrica Anderson
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:18:24
Lyrica Anderson wants to take you back in time. On her latest project King Me 2 [due out later this spring], she summons a distinctly nineties R&B style that's equally seductive and soaring. However, this isn't just a throwback. Anderson's music is decidedly "now" with its effusive swagger and uncontainable fire. She livens up R&B, and it might never be the same.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Lyrica Anderson talks King Me 2 and so much more.
What ties King Me 2 together for you?
It's nineties R&B. I feel like it's that genre. It's my favorite style of music. I feel like that's when music was hot. In the nineties, everything was the best. There was so much good music. People really took the time to write hit songs. It wasn't like, "Okay, here's a beat. We'll talk about anything like girls with big butts or whatever and just have a hit". In the nineties, it was real. We wanted King Me 2 to be nineties, but have a 2014 mixture as well.
What artists from the nineties do you come back to?
It's everyone from Faith Evans to SWV that I really love. Those are two of my favorites from the nineties for sure. Then, there's Xscape.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Yeah! "Unfuck You" is a real story. I feel like every guy and girl wishes they could un-love someone, get over them, stop thinking of them, and get past whatever they're feeling so they can move on. Sometimes, that's the hardest thing. The whole EP is like that. It tells a story with so many different things people can relate to and are going through.
What's the story behind "Nikita"?
The obvious answer is there's not one girl on this earth that hasn't been cheated on. It's one of those types of cheater anthems. We call it, "The new age 'Call Tyrone'." No one has time for that. She's basically like, "Go bag 'Nikita'. I don't have time for this. I can't be cheated on when I know I'm a good girl to you". There are so many girls out there with personalities who can relate to that.
Were the sessions really emotional for you?
They weren't really emotional. I guess I was just really into it and locked in. It was just real. I was trying to talk about things that people go through and can relate to.
How did you hook up with Wiz Khalifa for "Freakin'?"
I met Wiz when I was actually in a recording session at a studio he was in as well. He was just a few doors down. I happened to go down there. I ended up talking to him. I told him I was an artist, and I asked him if I could play him some of my music. He was really one of the sweetest rappers I've ever met. He had a really cool demeanor and attitude. He said, "Yeah, sure! What have you got? Play it for me!" He really liked "Freakin'." He was dancing to it in the studio, and he felt like it took him back. I was like, "All that's missing is a verse from you on there". He agreed and told me, "You're right. Let's do it". From there, the rest is history. It's one of those records where you're with whoever your lover is and you just want to have fun that night with them. It's one of the sexier records.
What else inspires you outside of music?
Sometimes, it's movies. A lot of times, it's friends and seeing people around me and what they're going through with their boyfriends or girlfriends. Their stories inspire me. They'll tell me, "Guess what he or she did?" I'll be listening from there and get inspiration or a song from that. Or, I might be going through it myself.
If King Me 2 were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
That would be hard! I don't know if I could do that with one movie. It's a bit romantic. "Sexplanation" is a romantic song, but in "Nikita" she's mad at him. I don't know if I could pick one movie because it's a bottle of emotions. For movies, I'd say The Break-Up and Pretty Woman [Laughs].
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