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Get Mali Music’s brand new album, The Transition Of Mali, featuring “Gonna Be Alright”, “Contradiction” ft. Jhene Aiko, and “Loved By You” ft. Jazmine Sullivan.

In a recent sit down with R&B artist, Mali Music, he spoke about the transition in music, his new album, ‘The Transition of Mali’, live performances, the current state of our country under it’s new leadership, and much more.

GB: You introduced us to Mali when you released, ‘Mali Is’, why do feel the need for a transition?

Mali: Well, I didn’t have a choice. One thing I found in life, as I was living it – ‘Mali Is’ was amazing! Two Grammy nominations, it was breath taking. Had to buy a suit, was sitting next to Robert Glasper, Aloe Blacc… it was a totally different transition. I thought it would elevate my life in a way, but it just kind of stayed still so I was met with transition.

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I feel everybody is! You’re a young kid and now you’re a teenager. Transition from a teenager to a young adult and the rules keep changing as you get used to it. So, of course, you’re trying to make music; you’re singing; being true and you get Grammy noms. Then it’s all these other expectations on who you are, so it’s more so a transition of Mali from that […] into completely what it is. Transition is something that meets everybody through everything and this was just me singing the songs as mine met me.

GB: What does transition mean to you?

Mali: Man it means everything. I feel that it’s that energy, that presence that pushes you to that place that you need to be but you don’t want to go. Transition is like a trainer-breaking me down, getting all the fat off-you know maturing me. Any old things any old rule that I’m holding up from being a young man, I’m transitioning into those things not mattering no more being an older man. Get what I’m saying? So like I felt it was necessary to put those things out there- remain vulnerable and open and transparent like I was on  Mali Is  & Second Coming  and make sure it’s right up to date to where I actually am ,not where I want people to think I am.

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