Cultural appropriation paired with Black music has been a hot topic recently. The main question being: “Are non-Black Artists Culture Appropriators?” People from all cultures and backgrounds are chiming in.
But how do Black people feel about plagiarism? This can almost easily be equated to an essay. I’ve heard two main arguments, briefly put: 1.) As long as Outsiders cite sources and 2.) Forget sources, get your own subject.
My feelings? I’m over the whole topic.Who is White and did it right, in Black music? Click To Tweet
I decided to shift my perspective a little bit. Who is White and did it right, in Black music? And who is Black and not getting enough credit. First, who are the Whites with flavahhh?
Today, I’ll be discussing White music artists who did Black music, right. I came up with this list based on song timelessness and audio ambiguity. Basically, artists you were shocked to find out were white. When their songs come on, you still rock to them. Guests who came, brought a dish, and seemingly left with a Black Pass.
Teena Marie had a unique vocal ability made us think she was a Black woman. The singer was signed as a solo act by Berry Gordy. A duet with Rick James, “I’m a Sucker for Your Love,” scored her a #8 hit on the Black Singles Charts. Other hits include, “Square Biz”, “Portuguese Love,” and “Ooh La La La.” Sadly, the singer passed in December 2010.
Eminem has a gift of bars that leaves lyricists shook. His extensive vocabulary, quick thinking, and thoughtful rhymes sealed him as a talented hitmaker. The living legend’s hits include, “My Name is,” “Stan,” featuring Dido, “The Way I Am,” and “Love The Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna. Just to name a few.
Remember the guy in the 90’s in the cross-colors who everyone thought was Jamaican? The glasses-sporting Canadian Reggae singer-rapper blew everyone’s stereotypes with his one hit, “Informer.” Although there was no follow up hit, his crooning about narcs are always guaranteed to be a mood lifter (a licky boom-boom down!)
The English R&B singer captured our attention with her easy melodious runs and soulful vibrato. Her voice made you want to Netflix, Chill, and Regret The Next Morning. With songs like, “Fell In Love with a Boy,” “Super Duper Love,” and “You Had Me,” the blond soul singer carved her way into our hearts and on the charts.
This English singer was known for her unique voice and modern big band sound. Her style notable for her tall black hair and signature winged mascara. Her hit songs included, “You Know I’m No Good,” “Rehab,” and “Back To Black.” Sadly, we lost the singer in July 2011.
The rapper from Houston had us all “Sittin’ Sidewayz” back in 2005. The Pro Jeweler brought us into his world of Candy Painted cars and Chopped & Screwed. Other hits include “Still Tippin” featuring Slim Thug and Mike Jones (!!!), and a feature on “Grillz” with Nelly.
With that said, I’ll be following up this article with the other perspective: Underrated Black Artists of then and now.
50 Cent to Teairra Mari: “Where is my money?!”
Emerging victorious from the revenge porn lawsuit filed against him in May 2018, 50 Cent is wasting no time collecting his debt. Posting multiple photos to Instagram, Fiddy says Teairra better get him his money.
If there is one person you never want to de indebted to, it’s 50 Cent. He has been relentless in his pursuit of payment since winning his lawsuit 4 days ago. Filed in May 2018, Teairra Mari alleged 50 Cent was responsible for the leak of her racy photos and videos. However, a Los Angeles judge dismissed all claims against 50 Cent and ordered Teairra to pay $30,618. Originally, Fiddy demanded $161,550 to cover all legal expenses, but the judge declined, awarding him less than half of the requested amount.
Fiddy’s involvement in the case was questionable by all accounts. At the time, Teairra was dating Akbar Abdul-Ahad, a friend of 50. When she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her, she broke up with him. Shortly after, she saw images and video of herself on Akbar’s Instagram. 50 reposted the images, which Teairra says were uploaded “clearly to humiliate me”. During a press conference, Teairra alongside her representation, Lisa Bloom, released an emotional statement and announced they were pursuing legal action against 50. To counter her claims, Akbar posted audio clips of Teairra allegedly discussing the case, stating Fiddy was targeted for his friendship with her ex.
Now, 50 has taken to IG to get his laughs at Teairra’s expense. His heckling includes captions like, “Now Teairra you can cough up the money or 🧐 you can go with R. Kelly and sh*t in a bucket. LOL”.
In his recent jab, he says Teairra “better catch a date” to run him his coin.
“Not On My Watch” Iyanla Criticizes R Kelly, His Team
Iyanla Vanzant has added herself to the growing number of public figures denouncing R. Kelly and his controversy. During an interview with Sway, Iyanla admitted the singer came to her for help and she declined.
Proving some things are too much even for her, Iyanla told Sway during his morning show that R. Kelly reached out for her services. However, the Fix My Life life coach says R. Kelly “didn’t have…the emotional capacity. Just didn’t have it. And I know, based on what I was looking at — the paces that I would have to take him through — it would have been brutal.”
While she recognizes that R. Kelly is in dire need of mental health care, Iyanla doesn’t agree that he deserves prison. Suggesting incarceration is not the answer, Iyanla said the following on Twitter:
While I do not condone the behavior that has been shown by R. Kelly, it is important that we as a society understand that it represents a symptom of a bigger problem, which is that we do not honor, value, or protect our children.”
Referencing the admission by R. Kelly and supported by his brother Carey’s corroboration, Iyanla thinks of R. Kelly as a damaged boy who grew to become a damaged man. “I would never ever condone, or justify anything that he’s been accused of doing. but locking him up in jail? It’s not the answer… He’s sick… Just like the people he allegedly committed these acts with — they’re sick. This needs to be massive healing — them, him, all of them.”
Iyanla then said that the team surrounding R. Kelly is catching more heat from her than Kelly himself.
“The ones who gave the notes to the high school girls, the ones who sat around the studio knowing there was a bedroom in the middle of the recording studio. The ones who knew those girls were in there, the ones who didn’t care enough about him to hire a tutor to teach him how to read. I have issue with that…as well as with what he did.”
As Lady Gaga, and now Celine Dion, have stepped forward to condemn R. Kelly and remove their collaborative songs from streaming services, Kanye West has come forward…but not in the way you think. During a strange rant in front of a Black choir singing spirituals, Kanye took a moment between their songs to share his opinion. stating:
“They want art from the artist, but anytime they do anything erratic, they just gonna pull up the full documentaries on him. And then, they gonna come with the Michael documentary.”
While the excerpt seen earlier was alarming, Kim Kardashian has taken to Twitter to clear any suspicions that Kanye was referring to R. Kelly.
Kim Kardashian West has since released the full video for context on Kanye’s comments, adding:
“I want to make it very clear, he is not condoning anyone’s actions or unacceptable disgusting behavior. My husband’s words are being taken out of context due to timing.”
Let me be clear: jail is the answer for all of them. Put R. Kelly under the jail with his White Walker brother, Bruce, and call it a damn day. Let the people that helped R. Kelly face justice as well. We are not equipped, at this moment, for alternative justice that includes sipping green tea and sitting in a prayer circle. That’s just my take.
The Girls Are Fighting! Blac Chyna Throws Drink At Alexis Skyy
Love & Hip Hop’s Alexis Skyy got into an altercation with Blac Chyna at a private party in LA. After sharing a section, Skyy claims Chyna threw a drink and told her to leave.
Drop the pin!
Sometimes sh*t goes down when there’s $1000 in the club! Alexis Skyy took to Instagram following an altercation where she alleges Blac Chyna threw a drink at her and used drugs. Skyy claims that out of nowhere, the former Rob & Chyna star just flipped out, causing security to intervene.
Skyy wasn’t one to back down, continuously trying to reach out and touch Chyna, pushing past guests and screaming. After she left the premises, Alexis went on IG Live to share her side of the story, stating:
“I’m sitting down, minding my business, somebody said, ‘Yo, Chyna is at the party, she want to kick it wit you. So I went over there, I sat with her, we kicked it, we had a drink or two. After the second drink, we had some Red Bull, and out of nowhere this bitch starts, ‘Bitch, you gotta get the f—k up out of my section.’ I said, ‘Who the f—k are you talking to?’ She’s like, ‘You gotta get up right now.’”
Alexis continued, “So at that point, she starts throwing a drink, and when you start throwing drinks, I start throwing hands.”
Chyna didn’t post anything about the night aside from an unbothered selfie, but Alexis kept arguing by herself. In a since deleted post, Alexis said “Since you wanna throw a drink & run……I’m not leaving until u walk outside these gates!!! So see me b*tch!!!!”
In bitter baby mama fashion, Rob Kardashian has posted his support for Alexis Skyy, stating she was his WCW. Chyna has not responded to requests for comment.
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