In conversation with   Tommy Lee   about his new music, his abject joy over his new album,   "Andro" , is infectious. The mastermind behind this compelling collection of songs has conquered   TikTok   amassing 560,000 followers in the past couple of months, while growing his Instagram audience to over one million during quarantine — an audience that eagerly awaits his new opus.

Lee   has had a mega-popular   Netflix   film ( "The Dirt" ), starred in and produced three network TV shows ( "Tommy Lee Goes To College" ,   "Rockstar: Supernova" ,   "Battleground Earth: Ludacris Vs Tommy Lee" ), had a   New York Times   bestseller ( "Tommyland" ) and has appeared on scripted and interview TV shows — most recently, a hilarious appearance as a professor on   ABC 's   "The Goldbergs" .

The longtime   MÖTLEY CRÜE   drummer has just spent the last two years writing and recording his new album and it is about to challenge virtually everything you thought you knew about him and his musical proclivities. True, he hinted at some of the complexity behind the chaos, when he formed   METHODS OF MAYHEM   and when he toured with   Skrillex ,   Zedd   and   Deadmaus , but   Lee 's new set of tracks seem to truly represent the music that's he was meant to make — and that definitively reveals the depth and range of his musical fascinations. They also represent the male and female sides of music — equally important and equally powerful, thus the name of the album,   "Andro" . Androgyny is a combination of the essences of male and female genders and the album is the manifestation of the concept.

The passion is evident right from the start of   "Andro"   (out October 16), as the album opens with the first of his two singles   "Knock Me Down" , a paint-stripping industrial-metal stormer (as close as   "Andro"   gets to what   Lee   is best known for) featuring the up-and-coming rapper   Killvein , who gives a scorching performance. "I heard his shit on the Internet,"   Lee   recalls, "and I thought, this dude is badass,   'Knock Me Down'   had his name all over it. He raps like a beast, is super-talented, and actually says something. He's gonna blow up."

Another singularly fierce pairing on the second of his two singles is with female South African rapper   Push Push , who raps like lightning in her unique accent over a cool Afrobeat groove on   "Tops" . She comes off as someone who you probably don't want to cross. "She's a total troublemaker,"   Lee   jokes, "a maniac!" With a powerful singing voice that takes listeners by pleasant surprise in between her staccato raps,   Push Push   has a down-to-earth attitude and the talents to deliver on her enthusiasm for experimental, barrier-breaking projects.   Push Push   has worked on a recent   PUSSY RIOT   single and has performed alongside the likes of   Peanut Butter Wolf   and   Ryan Hemsworth . Her tracks have been featured on   Comedy Central 's   "Broad City"

Both artists' videos were directed by   Lee 's longtime friend   Fred Durst   ( LIMP BIZKIT ). As alike as the sets are for the videos, that is how different, sonically, both songs are.

"Working with   Tommy   was an incredible opportunity," says   Push Push . "He made sure that I was in a comfortable space, free to express myself fully and without limits. The video shoot was a dream come true. I felt empowered to show all my true colors without judgement. Honestly, that team could've made anyone feel like a star."

"It was great working with   Tommy ! It's crazy because I grew up listening to   MÖTLEY CRÜE   so I never imagined I'd end up working with   Tommy   fucking   Lee ," enthuses   Killvein . "I was surprised he'd even heard of me but that's all thanks to our mutual friend,   Danny Lohner .   Danny   showed   Tommy   my music last year and that's when   Tommy   sent me the beat. I recorded half the song in my garage in Sacramento and the other half in his studio in Calabasas. I was like a kid in a candy shop in there — he has everything. The video shoot was surreal. Getting to work with both   Tommy   and   Fred Durst   on that was a dream."

Other features on the record include a   Prince   cover from   Lukas Rossi   ( ROCKSTAR SUPERNOVA ),   Josh Todd ( BUCKCHERRY ),   Brooke Candy   and   Mickey Avalon . A pre-order also launches today and includes an exclusive autographed pink and blue vinyl.

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