*Whether R&B has fallen off nowadays has always been a topic of debate among those who love the music. And Tank is no exception as he offered his two cents on the issue.
Chatting with Black Hollywood Thoughts, the TGT member commented the lack of R&B ballads on the radio as well as his thoughts on blue-eyed soul stirrers Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake making better R&B than most black artists:
The Lack Of Radio Play For Ballads and Real R&B:
“Name the last time you actually heard an R&B ballad or even mid-tempo played on mainstream radio. You won’t. It’s not exciting enough to them anymore. We’ve moved out of the age of romance and meeting the mom and the father before you take the girl out. Now it’s Twitter and Instagram and everything’s happening so fast that a ballad actually takes too long for the payoff.
*VH1 has set February 2014 for the premiere of its latest “rock doc,” although it’s rap and not rock music that’s at the center of this 4-part documentary.
“The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop,” based on Steve Stoute’s bestseller The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created A Culture That Rewrote The Rules Of The New Economy, takes a trip down memory lane to examine how hip-hop culture influenced music, film, television, fashion, business, race relations and the politics that opened the door for Obama’s America, reports Deadline.com.
“Tanning” in this case is a phrase coined by Stoute for the deep-rooted influence traditionally African-American hip-hop has had on pop culture from “The Jeffersons” to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” to Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” to Eminem’s “8 Mile.”
Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys, 30 for 30‘s Broke and The U) directed the doc with Alfred Spellman producing, nabbing interviews with Diddy, Dr Dre, Mariah Carey, Will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Pharrell, Nas, Reverend Run, Rick Rubin, Fab 5 Freddy, Jimmy Iovine, Al Sharpton, Cory Booker, Brett Ratner, Brian Grazer, Tommy Hilfiger, Ron Howard, Stoute and more.
*One of the bad things about having a huge hit record is that some folks think you’re their ticket to getting over … on you!
Case in point is Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell. With their humongous hit “Blurred Lines” being the biggest hit of the summer, they’ve attracted the attention of Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music, which owns some of Funkadelic’s compositions. Apparently the Gaye family and Bridgeport Music think they’re entitled to “Blurred Lines” motherlode
However, in order to shield “Blurred Lines” from possible litigation, the creators/performers of the massive hit are being proactive have gone to court. A lawsuit was filed Thursday in a California federal court by the trio against Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music.
The suit, says The Hollywood Reporter, claims the Gaye family is alleging that “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” “feel” or “sound” the same, and that the “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.
According to the suit, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, “Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, ‘Blurred Lines,’ copies ‘their’ compositions.”
The suit claims the Gaye family is alleging that “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” “feel” or “sound” the same, and that the “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.”
As for Funkadelic, there’s said to be claimed similarity between Thicke’s hit and Funakedlic’s “Sexy Ways.”
“But there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements,” states the lawsuit. “Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”
And quite frankly we agree.
If you listen to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it UP” and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines (both below), it’s hard to say the songs sound alike.
Yeah, “Blurred Lines” kinda, sorta reminds you of the era and vibe of “Give it Up,” but that’s about it.
Check them both out and let us know what YOU think.