If the name Ye Ali is foreign to you, then you're welcome in advance.
The Indiana native has taken his passion for music and created a wave in the new age of R&B, writing and releasing music that teeters between rap and the sensual rhythm & blues we all know and love. While some may link and compare his sound to that of The Weeknd, PartyNextDoor or Bryson Tiller, Ye Ali has managed to curate a platform in this hybrid genre that seems all his own, which only became even more evident with his newly released project Traphouse Jodeci.
With a catalog of songs that would make any woman feel some type of way (and by that, I mean, ready to whip out the lace lingerie to put on a show for her man), it's clear that Ye Ali is no stranger to the world of romance, and lucky for us, we got an exclusive taste of his views on love, heartbreak and, of course, the problem with dating:
Where did the term Trap House Jodeci come from?
One of my [Kappa Alpha Psi] frat brothers in college gave it to me. Our house was called "the traphouse" and I was a big R&B fan and always played it at our parties.
You have some very sensual lyrics, do you find yourself pulling from memories with women from your past for your music? Where does that inspiration come from?
Usually the lyrics come from a stream of thought, AKA a freestyle, except the hook. So, I never know exactly who I am talking about during the songs, but I draw from things I can relate to. Honestly, I rarely think of girls from my past, aside from one or two every now and then.
Do you find that being in the industry makes it harder to make your woman secure?
I have no clue on how to make a woman feel secure other than being myself. So I don't think being in the industry has anything to do with it.
Do you believe in monogamy? If so, what are the necessary tools within a relationship to make sure things stay strong with this lifestyle?
I believe in doing whatever you and your partner find appropriate for your situation. Monogamy is a real thing to me. Marriage is real to me, so I think until then, everyone is going to make mistakes. Communication and transparency are key.
Is there such thing as finding the right woman at the wrong time? If so, how would you handle that?
Very possible. When it happened to me, I just dated two women at once. That didn't work out too well.
What's your remedy for getting over a broken heart?
John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, Jodeci and R. Kelly records.
Back in the day, we used to make mixtapes for people we were interested in. If you made one for someone today, what songs would you put on there?
1. "Come Back to Bed," John Mayer
2. "Judy," Al Green
3. "Trouble Sleeping," Corinne Bailey Rae
4. "Special Kind of Fool," H Town
5. "Xtacy," Jr Writer featuring Nicole Wray
What would be your ideal date?
Mini golf, ice cream, no cell phones, seafood dinner and a blunt on the beach.
How would you define love?
Love is music, the elements of the earth. Love is true passion, whatever that may be. Love is defined by how you feel about yourself and your ability to reflect that self love onto others.
What is one piece advice you wish you could give to your younger self?
"Do everything you did...the exact same way."
And lastly, but obviously not least, what do you think is the problem with dating today?
There's not a problem with dating today. There is a problem with people, but this is a problem that's been around forever. It's all about two people, not two billion. Dating and love are more alive than ever, it's all about the people.
Listen to the new Traphouse Jodeci LP below.