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R&B star Brandy is having fun taking on a new musical persona.  The singer is featured on Timbaland’s new album, “Shock Value Two,” under her new alias Bran’ Nu, and says she loved getting the chance to showcase her rap skills.  She tells MTV News, quote, “What I’m doing on the album is a little bit different than what everybody knows me for,” adding, quote, “It was a great experience.  I got a chance to be another part of myself.”  Brandy says her verses are all her own writing, adding that she has been rapping as a hobby for her friends for several years.  Brandy recently posted a video of herself rhyming on her YouTube account.  That’s how Timbaland discovered she could flow.

Brandy recalls, quote, “He was like, ‘Yo, you have to do this.  You have to come to the studio.  Let’s see how you sound.'”  Timbaland says he was impressed with the singer’s lyrical skills, saying that she’s, quote, “got the swagger.”  Timbaland’s “Shock Value Two” is in stores now.


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12-10-2009 01:11:47