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Jon ALi Interview: Monica On Her New Trendsetter Sense Collab ‘Do Me Like That’ & New Album ‘Code Red’!

R&B diva Monica is officially back! Following a three-year hiatus, the Grammy-winning songstress is finally prepping her return to music with the upcoming release of her eighth studio album, Code Red! Before she drops the LP’s lead single, Monica has re-teamed with Atlanta DJ Trendsetter Sense on his brand new single, “Do Me Like That,” with Yo Gotti and Jeezy to kick start her new era. I recently caught up with Monica to talk about the killer club-track and what we can expect from her new album, Code Red. Check it all out below!

On “Do Me Like That“: It’s a dope record. Mika Means is the person I did the writing with and Fatboi did the actual track, he’s really like a family member. When I first heard the record I immediate loved it because it speaks to what is current right now. I like the fact that it’s a street record, it can speak to a whole generation of people that I feel like maybe won’t know some of my music from 20 years ago. I was also honored that it was chosen as the first single off Trendsetter Sense’s new mixtape because it gives me a chance to pretty much step back in the waters a bit before we drop my single, which is coming shortly behind it.

BUY Trendsetter Sense’s new single “Do Me Like That” with Monica, Yo Gotti and Jeezy on iTunes now!

On her new album Code Red:Do Me Like That” is really bridging the gap between because Code Red is also a mixture of very current sounds. I was very blessed to work with some really, really talented people.

On calling her new album Code Red: I feel like it’s a state of emergency when it comes to R&B music. I think in some ways people have forgotten why it’s so special and why it’s so important. I alone could never save a whole genre of music, Code Red is just me saying that I love R&B music enough to work hard at giving it all of me to try and make it better and make it relevant all over again. Hip-Hop is phenomenal, my first record was “Just One of Dem Days” and I sang it over LL Cool J‘s “Back Seat (Of My Jeep),” so the two work hand in hand for me. I’m not upset about the state of music, I just don’t want R&B to be forgotten in the process and that’s what Code Red means. I absolutely love R&B and if you love it enough you will fight for it, Code Red is just me saying I’ll take a stance, I’ll try different things, I’ll add different feels, but you’re still gonna get the soul.

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