Ne-Yo is gearing up for the October release of his new album Libra Scale. Already he has two singles from the new disc out — 'Beautiful Monster' and 'Champagne Life' — and so when he stopped by the MTV.com studios recently, we had to wonder if he had ditched the stylish, classy mantra of his previous 2008 album, Year of the Gentleman. The answer? Nope! He's still trying to change every man into a gentleman, one at a time, and we're not complaining. Watch the videos below to find out how, plus he reveals news about working on a hat line and fragrance, the importance of style, and some real 'Beautiful Monsters' he's digging right now.
+ ON CONTINUING THE YEAR OF THE GENTLEMAN:
"I feel like people missed the point of the Year of The Gentlemen thing. People think, 'OK, if I put a suit on, I'm a gentleman, right?' No! You could put a ribbon on a pig, but it's still a pig, it just has a ribbon on it now. It's not all about looking good, because you can look good and still be a jerk."
+ ON WORKING ON A HAT LINE AND FRAGRANCE:
"I've been talking to some people about doing a hat line, in that the hat is what I'm most known for. Weird, right? That the hat is more popular than the music? And possibly a fragrance, but I don't know what I smell like so I don't know if I want people to smell like me. I mean, I know I don't stink. But everything is in conversation right now."
+ ON THE IMPORTANCE OF STYLE:
"I feel like clothing is a lot like music, it's a representation of who you are. So if you are a slouch, if you are an idiot, then dress like that, go ahead, belt your jeans at your thighs, and keep your jeans hanging out so everyone can see your boxer shorts even though we didn't ask, go ahead. Wear your shirt 17 sizes too big, please, by all means, because that's who you are. … Again, what you look like, speaks before you speak."
+ ON HIS FAVORITE "BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS" IN MUSIC:
"Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and I'll stop there before I piss anybody off."