Girls’ night arrived early on The Tonight Show Thursday when Babyface performed “Don’t Even Think About It,” a track off his upcoming album Girls Night Out with Baby Tate. Tate, wearing a coat of blue feathers, handled the first few verses while Babyface strummed a sparkly Stratocaster (left-handed), leading up to the chorus, “Don’t even think about it, take a shot … don’t even think about forever.” Babyface, wearing dark shades, finally stepped up to the mic for the bridge, singing, “You don’t want to see you when you wake up/’Cause you don’t want face another breakup.” The Roots backed the singers up for the performance.
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Babyface will release Girls Night Out on Oct. 21. In addition to Baby Tate, the album features appearances by many female R&B and hip-hop artists, including Ari Lennox, Kehlani, and Queen Naija. “The process for it reminded me of when I did Waiting to Exhale,” Babyface commented, referring to the 1995 movie soundtrack, which featured Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, and Aretha Franklin. Babyface previously released “Keeps on Fallin’,” a duet with Ella Mai, which the pair performed at the BET Awards.
In a 2015 Rolling Stone interview, Babyface reflected on the sentimentality of his era of R&B in the Nineties. “It’s like not having to say, ‘I’m sorry that I’m singing a love song,'” he said. “‘I’m sorry that it’s not negative; I’m sorry that it’s not trendy, that it doesn’t have the things that makeup what is supposed to be a hit today; I’m sorry that it has chord changes.’ This is straight R&B; it’s meant to make you feel good. It’s meant to be musical, and I’m not going to apologize for that.”