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Interview:
Keri Hilson explains what "No Boys Allowed" really means
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Keri Hilson feels like the title of her sophomore album, 2010’s “No Boys Allowed,” has led to a lot of misunderstandings. And she’s trying to correct those during her opening sets on rapper Lil Wayne’s summer tour.



“I don’t jump up (on stage) with Wayne on this tour,” says the Georgia-born R&B/hip-hop songstress, who featured the MC on her 2008 hit “Turnin’ Me On.”



“In my set you now you get to see me in a completely different light. In terms of vibe and impact, I really wanted my message to get out there and ... enforce it. So I’m trying to be very careful with my words and present something very powerful and very strong and aggressive.



“But I have a lot of fun. I’m really in character for half of my show, and it’s just amazing.”



As for those misunderstandings, Hilson, 28, is quick to explain that “No Boys Allowed” “doesn’t mean that I’m a lesbian — although lesbians love the title.”



“They wear my chains and tell me what it means to them, but to me it means I prefer a man to a boy, and it’s not an age but it’s a mind set,” she says. “The majority of the songs on the album talk about what I mean, that the difference between a boy and a man when it comes to priorities and the way you treat women, whether you respect them or not.



“That’s the message I’m trying to get out there this year.”



Hilson — who started her career writing songs for Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Ciara and others — has already decided on the title and some of the concept for her third album, which she’s already working on. But she’s not revealing either yet.



Keri Hilson performs with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Lloyd and Far East Movement at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $89.75 and $69.75 pavilion, $29.75 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.



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