Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Justin Timberlake can sing, but he doesn't sound black to me. Sure, he got that cute little falsetto (pause!), but again, he doesn't sound black to me. Let's not get it twisted. Future Sex/Love Sounds is my favorite album (any genre) of 2006. But I think JT's "blackness" probably comes from Timbaland's sonics and the MJ-inspired dance moves more than anything.
It's funny that people mention Timberlake, Amy Whinehouse and Robin Thicke as part of some sort of emergence considering Blue-eyed soul used to be more common. Me and my cousin Tone were talking about it just last night. So many had us fooled thinking they were one of us, when in fact, they were part of the Blue-eyed soul legend. Let's take a look shall we.
Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates): I'll be honest. I only found out they were white like last year or something. Some of their songs are older than me, so in some cases I rememberthe the tunes, but not the visuals. [Check Out "Maneater"]
Michael McDonald: The man was signed to Motown and went toe-to-toe with Patti Labelle and Chaka Khan. Nuff said! [Check Out "Sweet Freedom"]
Taylor Dane: I still don't think she's white. This chick gotta be a very light skinned sister. [Check Out "Tell It To My Heart"]
Teena Marie: Ya'll already know. Somebody needs to hit youtube with Teena's catalog though.
Phill Collins: Genesis was no R&B, but you couldn't help but hear the soul in Phil's voice. One listen to "Easy Lover" and "Can't Hurry Love" and we were trying to claim him.
Bryan Abrams (of Color Me Badd): Tell the truth. You thought they were brothers and then saw they corny ass on TV. You know you liked the song. Just admit it. [Check Out "I Wanna Sex You Up"]
Amy Whinehouse: No brainer, here. If I was niggorant, I'd point out that Amy got issues just like black people. But let's not go there. [Check Out "Valerie"]
Don't nobody dare bring up Joss Stone. That chick can't really sing like that. I love Thicke and Jamiroquai, but I don't know. Once again, the production plays a huge part. And let's not get carried away and say someone sounds black just cause they can sing. Some of you mid to late 80s babies may wanna look up some of these folks right quick. I'm sure there's plenty more, but I gotta go to bed. Who am I missing?