The 89th Academy Awards

'Phoenix' Sun

R&B artist Lyfe Jennings returns this week with his sophomore album, "The Phoenix." The Columbia set includes a new version of slain rapper Tupac Shakur's anthem "Keep Ya Head Up" and is led by th

R&B artist Lyfe Jennings returns this week with his sophomore album, "The Phoenix." The Columbia set includes a new version of slain rapper Tupac Shakur's anthem "Keep Ya Head Up" and is led by the single "S.E.X."

"I've wanted to write this song for a long time," Jennings says of the track. "[It's about girls] being confused by all the sudden attention when they start developing physically but not mentally."

The album's title refers to the mythical Phoenix rising from the ashes, something Jennings, who spent 10 years in prison for arson, felt many people could relate to. "I just picked up where I left off and told a story," he says. "I think that's what happens to everybody. You get stuck in the ashes and you come through. This is just another situation in my life where I came through the fire."

Other include "Still Here," which features Three 6 Mafia and Project Pat, "Slow Down," which features G-Unit's Young Buck, the string-enhanced ballad "Stingy" and "Biggie Nigga," a tribute to late rapper Notorious B.I.G.