BLACKS CAN NO LONGER DO SOUL MUSIC = Singer-songwriter The Dream SAYS.
Singer/Songwriter THE DREAM who frequently collaborates with Beyonce made a bold statement recently to UK’s The Guardian, Terius Nash told the British publication blacks can’t do soul music anymore because of the world’s fascination with white artists doing soul music.
To support his statement, he made an example out of Adele’s success as a soul artist compared to Beyonce being known for her pop sound. The Dream said, “It’s called rhythm and blues; they just took the blues out of it for so long. What’s crazy is that blacks can’t do soul records any more. We love Adele singing it, but Beyoncé singing it? No.” Nash went on to say, “No, the tempo’s too slow, gimme the club hit. Now the Blacks in America are responsible for the Pop records, and everybody else is singing soulful records. It’s weird to me. We’re pigeonholed over there.”
In a sense, The Dream is right. Soulful albums from Adele and Amy Winehousesell millions of records in an industry where selli
ng more than 50,000 copies is equivalent to going platinum back in 2000 and black artists are made to be pop singers. Usher and Beyonce both started out as R&B stars and both have abandoned straight up R&B for the greener pastures of pop music.
I would love to insert “If you Liked It Then You Should Of Put A Ring On It” but I don’t know how blacks could marry R&B. All jokes aside, this is such an eye opening statement that I’m at a loss for words. I’m really feeling like we are heading to a period where being black no longer will stand for certain types of music. It will not stand for certain types of food.. It might not even stand for cherry kool-aid (insert lol here) anymore. Blacks are abandoning everything that makes them culturally in-tune for greener pastures. For some day it seems like being black will only stand for poverty and nothing good..
How do feel about this – Can it be fixed or is this not a problem?