Jill Scott visited the Breakfast Club earlier this morning to help promote her latest album, Woman, which dropped July 24. Released nearly 15 years to the day as her debut Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, it is her first album in 4 years and it’s been accumulating steady praise from countless outlets.
With Charlamagne tha God and Angela Yee, the Philadelphia siren discuses not only her music and its inspiration, but her personal experiences with sex, love, relationships, heartbreak, and more. She references her current relationship status (“it’s way more than sex”), the goal of her album (“it’s like a journal”), why she wanted to become a psychiatrist (“I enjoy listening”), her thoughts on Bill Cosby (“all men have proclivities”), her crazier admirers (“fanaticism is not the same thing as respect”), and the strength of women.
“Do you think women know how much power they have?” asks Charlamagne. “No,” Scott replies forcefully. “We make decisions about what we’re going to accept and what we won’t…if we decided that we don’t like guys that show their underwear…nobody’s gonna be showing their underwear.” She goes on to bring up other examples, like “if we decide we want someone who reads a book, that I can have a conversation with…it’s a requirement before I even let you touch it, things are gonna change.”
At 25:51, Charlamagne asks Scott “what do you think has contributed most to your growth in your life?” Without much hesitation, she responds with “my son, my son. ‘Cause he sees me. It’s not like I can front with him.” She goes on to say that her son, now six years old, told her “women have to tough up.” Throughout the interview she also shares touching details about other family members, including watching her father suffer with dementia. Check out the thorough and moving conversation right here.