Full Force discusses inspiration for new album, 'With Love from Our Friends'

In a recent interview, veteran R&B artists and production team Full Force discussed the motivation behind the upcoming release of the album, Full Force: With Love from Our Friends. The project is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between original members Baby Gee, B-Fine, Bow-Legged Lou, Curt-T-T, Paul Anthony, and Shy Shy, and a plethora of some of the best R&B, soul, and gospel artists in the music industry. The project will be released Aug. 26 through Legacy Recordings – the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment.

In an interview published on Wednesday, singer and producer Bow-Legged Lou explained why the Brooklyn group decided to create a compilation album.

“The inspiration is that we are celebrating 30 years in the industry,” he told BET. “And we wanted to do an album with a lot of people. One of our favorite albums when we were growing up was [Quincy Jones'] Back on the Block, where you had so many different artists on the LP. [Quincy] had versatile artists like Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald and Big Daddy Kane and Melle Mel and Ice-T and Al B. Sure and Barry White.

“So we wanted to do the same thing... we wanted to bring together these artists of the ‘true school.’ We don't call them ‘old school,’ but ‘true school’ because a lot of the other artists, let's just say the veteran white artists, they never call their hits ‘old school.’ They call it ‘classic.’ So we just want to call ourselves ‘true school.’”

Singer-songwriter Paul Anthony admitted that completing the project with so many artists (Raphael Saadiq, Tevin Campbell, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Allure, Faith Evans, and many, many others appear on the project) was not easy, however.

“Man, it was definitely a labor of love,” he said, laughing. “It was very interesting, just getting it done. Of course we had to work around everyone's schedule. But Lou was the one navigating and engineering that.

“So, when you're reaching out to that many people, when one isn't ready for two weeks, there's other people to work with as long as we have the music ready. But it was wonderful. Some folks would fly in from as far as London. Definitely a labor of love.”

Full Force: With Love from Our Friends also raises awareness for mantle cell lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. Anthony was diagnosed with the disease in 2006, and received a bone marrow transplant from his brother, Bow-Legged Lou. Anthony’s cancer is now in remission.

"This project is my musical rebirth," he said in a statement. "Everyone took the time to bless this project and transfer the love and energy from all parts of the world. So much wonderful alignment for the assignment—and to think, the best is yet to come!"

Full Force will be performing on Sept. 6 at New York’s B.B. King Blues Club with “true school” hip-hop duo Kid ‘n Play. Tickets available here.