There's no hidden meaning in the title of K-Ci & JoJo's upcoming album, Emotional.
"We have a lot of songs dealing with a lot of emotions," K-Ci explained of the duo's fourth record, due November 26. "K-Ci & JoJo do songs about what goes on in relationships, it don't necessarily have to be about our personal experiences. We just want to write songs people can relate to."
For instance, Emotional's Rodney Jerkins-produced mid-tempo first single, "It's Me," is about discovering your lover is a gold digger. Nzingha Stewart (Bilal, Common) directed the video.
One subject that didn't come up in writing material for the album is K-Ci's arrest last year for indecent exposure (see "K-Ci To Serve Probation, Pay $945 Fine For 'Jingle Ball' Incident"). The singer said the incident was a misunderstanding and he hasn't thought about it much since.
"What happened was, if you know K-Ci & JoJo, you know I love to go into the audience," he explained. "And what happened was I jumped in and got back onstage, and without my knowledge they had ripped my belt off. My pants were soaking wet and falling down and I don't know what happened, but I would never do anything like that. There wasn't nothing but kids in the audience. I'm a proud father of two children and I would never disrespect someone else's children."
"This Very Moment," a ballad K-Ci likened to their hit "All My Life," will be the second single. Written and produced by backup singer Tim Owens, the song will also appear on the soundtrack to the LL Cool J film "All About Eva."
Other producers on Emotional include Mike "Smoove" Bell, Babyboy and Babyface, who collaborated on "Down for Life."
"Face respects our talent, that's why I love working with him," JoJo said. "He'll put you on that street, but you need to know when to stop and when to go and how fast to drive. He lets you get involved and be yourself."
K-Ci & JoJo will promote the follow-up to 2000's X (see "K-Ci & JoJo Celebrate 10 Years With X") with a tour set to kick off next year with Gerald Levert and Dave Hollister. "We're going to call it Ladies Night or Ladies Only," JoJo said.
The duo, brothers Cedric and Joel Hailey, have also written more than 100 songs with Dalvin DeGrate and DeVante Swing for the first album from Jodeci in seven years, due next spring.
"It's going to sound like [classic] Jodeci," K-Ci said. "We don't want no outside producers, nothing but ourselves."