We all know by now that the rapper Drake born Aubrey Graham is a native Canadian. He is definitely not the first to climb US music charts. There is a slew of Canadians who have made a mark in the American musical landscape from hip-hop, rock, and even R&B. The list goes on. I will mention several. Who cannot forget Justin Bieber, this young man has given us American girls Bieber fever. But wait there is more… Remember Avril Lavigne this skater boi rock star is Canadian. Funny the rock band Nickelback is also non-American. I don’t know but guys do you remember that black rock girl FeFe Dobson… yea she’s Canadian. Ok so now im going to the R&B side of things... Tamia aka Mrs.Grant Hill is also Canadian. Another vocal powerhouse is Melanie Fiona she is a native of Toronto, Canada. Lets not forget Canada’s influence in what we wear, case in point Joe Fresh and Mackage. Two brands which I LOVE!!! Those Canadians are doing something right. Yes, that is my opinion!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
So last month my big cuzzos and me were chilling at Applebee’s around the way. We were having a good time enjoying each other’s company and just having laughs. So all of us are in our mid to late 20’s, out of one was in a committed relationship and they rest of us were solo. So the topic of marriage came up. We came to a consensus that some people get bored when they are married because while they were dating the person who is not their spouse they did everything that should be saved for marriage. What does mean? Besides sex, which we all know is one aspect we can look at other things Don’t you, think? Follow me along with this one… This is my opinion…so females he is not your husband, don’t u think you should call him before you come over? I say that because I know people close to me who did not do that and got their heart stomped on... Ok ladies did he claim you? Why are you telling everyone that is your man? Did you meet his family and his best friend? Did he profess his commitment to you? Does he only call on weekdays? Is it only texting? Ladies we got start using some wisdom cause we will be played like Nintendo…
So I was looking through my iTunes library and came across this song entitled “Leaving” by pop artist Jesse McCartney. What I noticed about the song was its heavy bass laden production with its very weak lyrics. The lyrics of the song were laced with hip hop/urban jargon. I loved the sound of the song but clearly the songwriter did not have much going in what he or she was trying to convey in the song. Why bring this song up? It made me think of pop artists who were predominately white and come from non-urban/inner city backgrounds try to break into the urban scene. Justin Timberlake is one prime example. I actually purchased his first CD and loved it. Honestly I think he was being himself. It was great timing for him and his solo career. The same can be said for urban acts that want to take on the pop frontier. Usher and Ne-Yo come to mind. They both have awesome commercial success with both R&B and pop. Race at times plays a factor in crossing these musical lines. It is good to point out that artists like Jason Derulo and Robin Thicke have found a place in their respective genre which may not be what their race would listen to demographically .Robin Thicke is an R&B singer, I believe he has not really taken the pop route from his songs that I have listened to. Jason Derulo to me is a pop artist and not anyway urban. That is so funny considering he is Haitian American and from Miami, (I believe.) I think crossing musical genres is a good marketing tool. Race makes it easier to come across. As you know music is the language of life and crosses no color lines. I mean the king of pop was not white. Ironic. Yes this is my opinion.