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“Things are happening so much easier for me now because I was over-thinking on the first album. I was trying to give people what I thought they needed, and what I needed my reputation to be,” she said. “And now it’s like, `I don’t care what you think. I’m going to do what I wanna do for my core fans and if you like it, you like it. If you don’t, bye!’”

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AP Music Editor Nekesa Mumbi Moody contributed to this report.

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