With age and experience comes maturity, and with the days of his teen pop hit “Like Em All” in the rear-view mirror, Jacob Latimore‘s growth is reflected in his previously released singles “The Real” and “Remember Me.” Now the 20-year-old crooner is back with “Mutual,” the second single from his upcoming debut album, Connection, on his indie imprint Jacob Ink, out Dec. 9.
The three-minute bedroom banger finds the rising R&B singer’s vocals feathered over a soothing melody with subtle kicks creeping in as he considers his actions and the pain he’d feel if his girl flipped the script on him. “This song is a real R&B record. ‘Mutual’ is about me being able see things from a different perspective after realizing that my girl could be doing the same things I’ve done in the past,” Latimore tells Billboard. “The feeling of that, the heartbreak, is ‘Mutual.’”
Latimore also says Usher and Michael Jackson were “two of the greatest on one stage” and he looked to them for inspiration. On the heels of his upcoming album release, the Black Nativity actor is also gearing up for the release of his newest movie role in Collateral Beauty, where he stars alongside Will Smith and Keira Knightley.
Listen to “Mutual” below: