Public Displays of Affection is a soundtrack of intimacy that seemed to offer an answer: You let love lead. I am a lover, Muni Long explains. I prefer to be kind. I believe in fairytales. The reason Public Displays of Affection worked is because love was absent in R&B. For that breakthrough project, Muni wanted to mimic the ebbs and flows of a relationship, dipping and diving between moods and sounds which is real, because love can be tumultuous, too.