Although Brandy's sixth studio album is coming a little later than expected -- after originally being slated to come out in March, the full-length will now arrive this summer -- the singer unveiled its first single, "Put It Down," on Thursday (Apr. 26). The Chris Brown-assisted track, the first from new album "Two Eleven," will hit digital music services on May 8.
Perhaps taking a cue from in-vogue female hip-hop personalities like Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks, Brandy builds her latest single around a cheeky little refrain, "Imma put it down/You gon' fall in love," before showcasing her dearly missed, still potent pipes. Ms. Norwood leaves the rapping to Breezy, who takes over at the 2:30 mark and tosses out an inspired "sippin' on that brandy" double entendre. Most importantly, the production (courtesy of Bangladesh and Sean Garrett) pulls back at the right times and takes Brandy's persona into 2012 surprisingly smoothly.
"I think the fans have been very patient with me, but I just wanted to make sure that this album was right -- the right type of music, the right core," Brandy told Billboard.com last December about the follow-up to 2008's "Human." "I feel like we're getting to that point where I felt comfortable with putting something out."
"Put It Down" follows Brandy's reunion with Monica on "It All Belongs To Me," a new collaboration that once again paired "The Boy Is Mine" vocalists. That track, from Monica's comeback album "New Life," sits at No. 12 on the Adult R&B chart after being released in February.