After teasing fans with clips of new music, Jaden Smith has finally released his latest project CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3. The 22-year-old confirmed in an interview with Zane Lowe that CTV3 is a prequel to 2017’s SYRE and 2019’s ERYS.
“So it’s kind of taking place when I’m like 15, going all the way up until 17,” Jaden said. “How did SYRE get trapped in the sunset? How did all that happen? Why did it happen? Where’s your friends? Where’s everybody else? Tell us the story before you get trapped in this Inception purgatory. It’s like the tape is what makes it clear to my fans that this is coming directly after Cool Tape Volume 2, opposed to coming after ERYS or after SYRE.”
He also discussed recording the album during a pandemic. “It’s really hard because you can’t get into the studio with anybody, and you can’t even get into the studio at all. So I have to record being inside of my house, and then engineer has to engineer me from his house, and he’ll use this app to control my computer. So it’s like I’m recording the whole album by myself.”
CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3 includes the tracks “Cabin Fever” and “Rainbow Bap,” and features guest appearances from Justin Bieber and Raury.
Listen to CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3 below.