The DJ-producer, 38, has a hit with "Hold You Down," the first single off his album I've Changed a Lot, due this month. He spoke to Billboard about teaming up with R&B and hip-hop heavyweights on the track and the transformations he's undergone in his own life.
I remembered when Quincy Jones put El DeBarge, Barry White, Al B. Sure and James Ingram on [the 1989 ballad] "Secret Garden." When I was a kid hearing that record, I was amazed. That was all the stars on one record and it sounded bigger than anything out there. So when I made "Hold You Down," I wanted to make a collaboration that has never been done before.