Monica is now raising a daughter he had from another relationship."It's not often that people at the age of 25 are no longer there anymore when you've been around them for a long time," she said.The 21-year-old singer says persevering through a life-altering tragedy has given her more insight.The first cut she penned for her new album was "I Wrote This Song," dedicated to ex-boyfriend Jarvis Knots, who killed himself two years ago.Then his ad-libs at the end, he was fine with that. T.' was, I was hoping 'All Eyez on Me' would be more relaxing and you could have a good time.It was a lot of stuff that made me feel confident in it. It's not based on anything emotional or anything sad.She's not the same girl that sang "The Boy Is Mine" with Brandy four years ago. Yes, her voice is a little deeper, and with the help of producer Rodney Jerkins and his Dark Child crew, she's discovered a new talent for writing songs.But her greatest growth comes from how she now sees things.
But her reemergence into the music scene wasn't the only change she was going through.In her version, she's not even the centerpiece of the song. Some people may think its focus is on me," she said, but "what I was trying to portray on the song was I like to have a good time."After that situation, I wrote that song directly towards that incident. Jackson hand-delivered the recording and wailed away on her probable first single. "I know his relationship with Rodney helped, but as an artist I was really honored he took that much of an interest in it.I chose to write it because he actually committed suicide. If you don't get it from the song, then you won't get it at all." For another track, "All Eyez on Me," Monica merely wanted to sample Michael Jackson's 1983 hit "P. He really could have Fed Exed the stuff and been through with it.It's a feel-good song for the summer." Monica said Tupac's song of the same title was somewhat of an inspiration.
"I always liked the idea of 'all eyes on me,' even from his perspective. I thought that would grab the attention of a lot of people." She won't be dropping jaws by singing about "Catchin' cases at a fast rate, ballin' in the fast lane," or sending cowards "straight to the depths of hell," though, like the rap legend did in 1996.