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Given earlier leaks from the project, did you make many changes to the final version?
As of now Rebirth is coming out as a double disc with a [disc of songs] by Young Money. I had to add new cuts because a lot of things leaked, making people think they had an idea of what I was doing with Rebirth and what it would sound like. And I hated that because I never want anybody to think they know what IÂąm doing until I present it. So what I did was make it totally different I flipped it.
Does the album still lean toward rock?
Yes, the album is still rock. I play guitar on 80% of the songs and thereâ€™s a lot of rock influences and rock beats. I also have Travis Barker on the album. But I donâ€™t want people to think Iâ€™m trying to do something I canâ€™t do. Donâ€™t think youâ€™re going to put on the album and hear me screaming and singing . . . Donâ€™t worry about that [laughs]. When people hear me say rock, they may get a little scared like, Oh, God. What is he going to do? When I said I was doing a rock album, it was about doing a freedom thing. This album isnâ€™t hip-hop. When I do my Carter albums, I know Iâ€™ve got to rap, I know Iâ€™ve got to spit. I know the words Iâ€™ve got to say and the subjects Iâ€™ve got to talk about. I also know the things I shouldnâ€™t say, the things I shouldnâ€™t talk about. Thereâ€™s none of those limits on this album. I say what I want, how I want. Thatâ€™s what this album is: a freedom album. And rock is the avenue that gives you that freedom. Iâ€™m just having fun, thatâ€™s all. Trust me: People will like these songs. Itâ€™s my job to make them love them, but I know for a fact theyâ€™ll like them.