Watch Faith Evans Dish on Her 'Incomparable' New Album

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Faith Evans put out her sixth album, Incomparable, on Monday. Billboard caught up with the R&B singer to talk about the inspiration for the new release, collaborating with Missy Elliott and how her experience in the '90s with the Bad Boy label informs her current work. Watch video of the conversation below.

Evans works in a number of styles on Incomparable. "Extraordinary" has a squelchy bass and crisp drums, evoking hip-hop soul, while the title track reaches back to '80s synth-funk. "I Deserve It," Evan's latest single, is her first collaboration with Elliott since the "Burnin' Up" remix -- produced by Pharrell back when he was in the Neptunes-- which came out more than 10 years ago. The song builds around a grimy piano sample and thick horns.

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The singer calls Incomparable "my best work yet." ("I actually got the title from a fan," Evans says.) She played an important role in every aspect of the album's creation, fully "immersed in it from beginning to end." It's not an easy time to be making music, but Evans is excited "to be able to apply the things I've learned from trial and error, from going through the school of Bad Boy." "It's up to me to figure out how to ride this wave of how the industry is flowing right now," she declares. But she has no doubt that she will.


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