The Hot Morning Crew sat down with Ne-Yo backstage at the 2012 VMAs, and the R&B artist discussed his recent work with Pitbull for “Give Me Everything,” and shared some other collabos he’d like to work on.
Bridging the gap between R&B and Pop music, Ne-Yo has worked with a lot of artists. He recently teamed with Pitbull for “Give Me Everything,” which was great for him, but he’s definitely got more artists on his collabo wishlist. “That lists’s a mile long,” he admitted. “Theres a lot of people I respect, a lot of people I would like to see what the combination of what they do and what I do would come together and sound like.”
Crossing genres is an important part of the collabo equation for Ne-Yo, and also opens up what opportunities he has to work with fellow artists. “I pride myself on being the kind of artist that can play both sides of that game,” he stated. “I can do a song with Young Jeezy, and do a song with Calvin Harris, and both of them make sense.”
As far as Ne-Yo is concerned, even artists no longer with us should be fair game, an attitude he shares with Drake. The Canadian rapper took on a lot of criticism when he teamed up with a posthumous Aaliyah for “Enough Said” this Summer, but Ne-Yo thinks Drake was perfectly in the right. “I have to applaud Drake for even taking on something like that,” he said. “[Drake] is like ‘I have a love and appreciation for what Aaliyah was and what she did, and I’m gonna do this. I’ve gotta applaud him for that… hats off to Drake for that.”
–Bill Sencio, Hot 93.7/ Hartford