NEW YORK — The girls of Nina Sky already know what most people think they are: a one-hit wonder. A reggaetón act. Hook chicks.
Twins Nicole and Natalie Albino have heard it all, and they're starting to grow leery of all the labels. That's why they've decided to take matters into their own hands on their sophomore album, The Musical, tentatively due at the end of the year on Next Plateau/ Universal Records. They figured if they want people to really know who Nina Sky are, they might as well start by introducing themselves musically.
"A musical is a very big production — you need all the right actors, the right score, the right concepts, the right ideas, the right story lines, everything has to be in place," Nicole explained recently before the duo performed at a Samsung party. "So that's how we felt about this album, it was a really big production [for us]. And our first album was kind of like the draft."
"And I don't think people gave our first album much of a chance," Natalie added. "Because they wanted to corner us as reggaetón artists because [the genre] took off so big. But it's all good. We hope people embrace everything about us this time."
To help audiences get a good sense of all they have to offer, Nina Sky have enlisted the talents of Cool & Dre (Fat Joe, The Game), Salaam Remi (Nas, Beenie Man) and Ryan Leslie (Danity Kane, Cassie) for production. The girls are also taking a larger role in composing each song. Whether collaborating with Rick Ross or Trey Songz, Nicole and Natalie said they wanted their own interests to rise to the surface.
"It's a big deal to us to write all of the lyrics," Nicole said. "It just shows that our music is really reflective of who we are. A lot of people just sing songs and then they say, 'This song means so much to me, because it represents [me] ...' "
"And they didn't write it," finished Natalie. "How can that represent who you are?"
In addition to lead single "Sugar Daddy," The Musical will feature a mix of traditional R&B ("No More"), reggae flavor ("Trippin' "), and hip-hop ("Flippin' That" featuring Rick Ross). And the sneaker-friendly girls are particularly proud of "Fresh Kicks," their ode to rocking rubber soles.
"We were with Salaam Remi and we started talking about [sneakers]," Natalie said of the track's origin. "Just about how we have the fly kicks on in the club. We try to write about whatever we do."
"Hopefully this time around the music will just speak for itself," Nicole added.