AP: That was pretty honest.
Ne-Yo: I am 100 percent the guy that if I know that it was my fault, I’m going to say it’s my fault. … No excuses over here. … I take full blame, full responsibility.
AP: You’re also very honest on “Cracks in Mr. Perfect,” where you sing about infidelity. Was that one easy or hard to write?
Ne-Yo: That was the one record I was a little afraid of. People are going to hear this and change the way they view me. … It was easy because it’s things that’s always floating in the back of my head anyway. The difficulty came in with the honesty. Like, do I want to be this honest? Do I want to say to somebody, “I’m a man of my word, but only when I’m not lying”?
AP: How did you and Tim McGraw get together?
Ne-Yo: I actually ran into Tim McGraw’s manager in London and … when we played “She Is,” I was like, “This is my take on a country song. Hopefully if all goes well, you’ll see me performing this at the Country Music Awards with Tim McGraw or somebody.” And Tim McGraw’s manager happened to be in the audience and he was like, “We can make that happen.”
AP: What are your favorite albums of the year?
Ne-Yo: 2 Chainz … Elle Varner … I’ve been singing Lana Del Rey’s praises recently. … Got to throw Frank (Ocean) in there. … Superbrave cat to do what he did. (Earlier this year, Ocean revealed that his first love was a man.) When I heard about it, I honestly didn’t think it was as big of a deal as everybody made (it). … If you listen to his music, Frank is the kind of cat that’s going to do what he wants to do. … The dude references “Dragon Ball Z” in a R&B song … so for him to come out and say what he said … I’m like, “OK, that just makes perfect sense with who he is.”