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Friday, 05 December 2014 00:00


Written by Kristie Bertucci Photos: Brian McGee
In 2009, R&B crooner Jeremih made it official that “Birthday Sex” was a necessity, topping music charts and becoming a rising star in the industry. But after a few years of taking a break to reconnect with his craft, the 27-year-old artist is back with a new joint that’ll rev up your senses, in and out of the bedroom. Hoping to appeal to the masses with an album filled with club bangers, bedroom soundtracks and all-around feel good jams you’d want to bump in your ride, Late Nights was created with all of Jeremih’s heart and soul.

“I want to say that this album is my best work,” he reveals, despite being his third studio effort. “I just want to give my fans the best right now. And for those that don’t know me, I want them to get to know me from this album, so we can grow and learn together. Hopefully everyone falls in love with it.”

It’s been four years since his second effort, All About You, that debuted with little acclaim, but that didn’t stop the persevering young performer. Instead, Jeremih is confident that the gap from the last album helped him produce his most authentic album to date. But he wasn’t entirely away from music the whole time and dropped his first-ever mixtape “Late Nights with Jeremih” in 2010, with this new effort as a continuation of the mixtape’s sultry sounds.

“I was just figuring things out over the last couple of years,” he confesses. “For me to take such a long break, almost sounds unheard of nowadays with artists dropping one all the time. I’ve been trying to do me and I’ve been working on me and that’s exactly what fans will get on the album. I chose to release it now because the timing felt right with everything.”

Where previous efforts managed to get the industry to notice his talent, he hopes this album will captivate audiences and make him a household name in the R&B scene, as he sheds new light on the genre that has taken a backseat to hip-hop. To date, the biggest track of his career may seem to have been “Birthday Sex,” but it was actually “Down On Me,” which featured 50 Cent and that one went double platinum. Now Jeremih hopes to break his own personal album record with all the new music from Late Nights.

So far, the album’s lead single “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” produced by long-time producer/ friend Mick Schultz (he helped grow Jeremih’s music career while back in college) and go-to beat man DJ Mustard, has hypnotized fans as it topped the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Another single, Kid Ink’s “Show Me,” has also risen in the charts, with the album filled with more bottle-popping club bangers which are on heavy rotation on air waves.

“The tone of the album has soul, R&B and club jams all in one,” he details. “Man, it’s just the best of me and is full of music that really means something to me. If I’d have to call it one thing, it would be ‘rachet classy.’” With guest features by the likes of French Montana, Trey Songz, YG and Flo Rida, to name a few, the album is sure to resonate well with old and new fans who appreciate good jams. Jeremih even got to test run some of his new joints while performing at three stops of the 2014 DUB Show Tour, including Anaheim, Atlanta and Chicago – his hometown. “Performing in Chi-Town was dope, man. But that Anaheim stop was the best one. YG came out to the show and set it off. There were hot chicks and hot whips; it was just a good time all around.”

As far as whips, Jeremih is just now building up his stable. He currently has a 1976 Pontiac Trans Am that he purchased from a friend after his first big check and a 2005 Range Rover that’s painted blue to match his Can-Am Spyder. Now he’s looking to celebrate his latest album with new toy and is looking at a Rolls-Royce Wraith or Mercedes-Benz SLS from RBD LA. “I'm leaning more toward the Wraith right now,” he says. “It’s dope. I really like the two tone-paint with the black; it’s clean and just plush, man. But my ultimate ride is a Rolls-Royce Phantom. I ain’t trying to live beyond my means, but as soon as I start making big money, I’m going to get one. Hopefully that’s soon.”

And the first thing he’s going to do with whatever new ride he gets is add some personal flair to it with custom wheels and tires, a body kit and other accessories to make his rides unique. “I’m so into customizing that I fixed up my mom’s old Saturn. I did the black tint, painted it and tried to fix it up so that it sort of looked like a Batmobile. But I like it all when it comes to my cars, but the customizations I roll with usually depend on the type of ride I get.”

As Jeremih continues to expand his musical career, he has high hopes that this album wins him a coveted Grammy and does indeed catapult him into music’s ultimate spotlight. “My life is just so surreal to me still. Like, I can’t believe I’m here, making music. I just want to be recognized for my music in the long run.”


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