Just a couple of days ago one of my favorite R&B crooners was all over the blogs for basically being nasty. He didn’t spit on someone, show up funky to an event or even get caught up in a sex scandal but instead decided to be downright lewd.
Brian McKnight released a video rambling about some new “adult mix tape” he would be doing and debuting one of its songs. It was disgusting. A different choice of words would have been preferred for sure. Some have described it as X-rated. My beef is that it’s gross and crass. It doesn’t jibe with the image he’s built for decades. It just seems contrived and attention seeking.
He’s been Mr. Romantic all these years and then he decided to be Mr. Porn R&B. What gives? I mean, even R. Kelly has cleaned up his music and image. I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed in the state of music. Maybe I’m all Granny Gump about it, but I don’t understand why innuendo is such a bad thing. Leave something to the imagination sometimes. I don’t need to know every single detail of how you do what you do. For real, I don’t.
Before Whitney Houston’s last album, she spoke about being asked to be more sexual in her music to keep up with the current state of music. She wasn’t cool with that and didn’t give in to the pressure. That doesn’t seem to be the norm these days. People aren’t happy unless they cross that TMI line. Apparently, that’s what makes a hit.
In the case of Mr. McKnight, it makes me wonder if he just gave in to the pressure. Whatever the reason, it’s not a good look. I guess he’s cool with representing himself that way in front of his teen-aged sons. Instead of making me swoon, it just made me want to puke.
Am I alone or has anyone else noticed how badly some music sucks? Also, once you become a parent do you have a responsibility to keep it classy?