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Bobby Brown – ‘Get Out The Way’

 

I have a tremendous love for Bobby Brown. Don't Be Cruel and Bobby still go hard. And New Edition….I mean…New Edition.  Nothing more need be said.

You know, people joke about Whitney calling him the "King of R&B," but that's mostly because we have forgotten just how huge an artist Bobby was in the late 80s – and how hugely influential his career has truly been. Other than Michael Jackson and Prince, no black male was selling the kind of units Bobby was selling. And no one was doing it – not even Mike or Prince – by helping to create a new genre of black pop (new jack swing). There may not be a "King of R&B" but no other artist is closer to earning that title than Bobby Brown.

But listening to this song just makes you realize that Bobby's instincts are just not as sharp as they were when he was 19.  There is nothing – other than the pleasant realization that his voice, rougher than it was 20 years ago, is still wonderfully expressive – really notable about this song. It sounds both underproduced and overproduced, and ironically, unfinished.

I'd love a Bobby Brown comeback. I'd love it if he had a Santana-like late career renaissance. But this doesn't sound like it.

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And Y’all Wonder Why I Can’t Stand Him

Anyone who knows me knows I can’t stand Justin Timberlake.  He’s the 21st century Elvis.  He steals outright and then gets indignant if you notice.  And Black folks seem to love him unconditionally, which hurts my heart.

This video is the latest instance of Timberlake’s disgusting White entitlement.  But this “joke” comes off mean-spirited and not at all funny.

Do you get to “joke” about it when you couldn’t wait to apologize and leave Janet flailing in the winds of public opinion?  Or is it that you get to “joke” about it because you did what you were “supposed” to do and be a good little boy?

I mean, let’s not forget that Janet played hook chick to him (her first fuckin mistake…of all the people to be hook chick for).  And that’s how he does her?

And now he has the audacity to “joke” about it?!???!!

This “joke” is in extremely poor taste. The “wardrobe malfunction” had real consequences for everyone, except Justin.  Janet’s career has never really recovered.  And the FCC has been more involved in television broadcasting than it has been in decades.  The response was one of the most prominent examples of how race and gender work in concert to rob black women of their humanity and the benefit of the doubt.

I mean, he rips of her bodice and she’s the vixen?

I just don’t know what’s worse.  The joke or the fact that he’s doing it by yet again ripping off Black music.

After deserting Janet, ripping off her brother for Justified, ripping off Prince and Robbie Williams’ swagger for FutureSex/LoveSound, and then making fun of Prince on the Golden Globes…there seems to be no end to how much Justin is feelin himself and how little regard he has for the people and the music that has made him a superstar.

I don’t need the reverence that Usher and Ne-Yo and nem give, but at least acknowledge that you walk in forms you didn’t create.  Acknowledge that your popularity has as much to do with you being White as it does with your talent.  Stop frontin like the shit is new just because you are singing it.  Stop fronting like we don’t all know that most of what works in your music has more to do with Tim and Pharrell, than anything that you bring to the table.  A little humility goes a long way.

I didn’t think I could possibly loathe the little poseur any more than I did before.