The R&B singer-songwriter said he has a variety of projects in the works, including a memoir and fashion line, in an interview with Billboard to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough self-titled record.
In addition, Mario wants to venture into the world of jazz.
“I DM’d Swizz Beatz two months ago, because he has a label focusing on jazz music. I said, ‘Bro, let’s do a whole jazz album.’ It’s possible to try something new,” he explained. “You have to partner with the right people so it can translate.”
In other parts of the chat, Mario talked about how his mother, who struggled with drug addiction and passed away in 2017, has influenced his music and how he overcome mental health issues in his twenties.
He also noted that he wants to explore his spirituality within his music.
“By the time I was 20 years old, I studied world religion, and it gave me an understanding of how people felt about God as a whole. Then I asked myself, ‘What other artists did what I’m doing what I’m doing by becoming a mystic?’ Prince was a mystic. Earth, Wind & Fire were mystics. Mystics are open to understanding symbolism and God on a multi-dimensional level without disrespecting anybody’s religion. That’s what caused me to be more open in my music about understanding how God and life work,” the “Let Me Love You” hitmaker added.