Behind the Music: 7 Celeb Stories VH1 Needs To Get On Now
“Behind the Music” made its return to our televisions after a three year hiatus (one of many breaks the show has taken since 2006) this year with stories about today’s top artists (and has-beens). This season began with Pitbull, The Game (why?), Brandy and Nas. In years past, “Behind the Music” has captured the stories of huge industry legends like Elton John and Gladys Knight, and while VH1’s demographic has changed, the history and the stories that need to be told have not. Take a look at some artists whose stories would be worth a listen.
(On a side note: The new episode this week is a remastered version of The Notorious B.I.G’s bio)
When “BTM” came back for the first time in 2009, it featured many hip-hop artists like T.I., Lil Wayne and 50 Cent. Common’s journey has been a long one, with him almost giving up on the rap game when his first album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, only sold 2,000 copies. Yes, you read that right, 2,000. The rapper also has many titles, including actor, rapper, and activist, and he’s also had many interesting relationships and squabbles (we can’t forget his relationship with Erykah Badu or his short-lived beef with both Ice Cube and Drake). You could check out his book, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, but if you don’t have the time for all that, wouldn’t a “Behind the Music” be much more feasible?
The fact that most bands can’t stay together for a minute, let alone over two decades speaks volumes about Sade. The band made its return to music in 2010 with Solider of Love and is releasing a live album at the end of May. What can be said for a band that has kept their signature sound and still has gained many young fans over the years? There has to be some secret they’re hiding from everyone in the industry. (And not to mention Sade’s secrets to the fountain of youth.)
Cee Lo/Goodie Mob/ Dungeon Family
Cee Lo Green may be known to many today as the eclectic artist and coach on “The Voice,” but his career has had many twists and turns. From his beginnings with the Classic Dungeon family (he was the youngest member of Goodie Mob and at one time, a lot smaller) to his collaborations with producer Danger Mouse as Gnarls Barkley, his soulful voice has given us many hits on the pop and hip-hop charts. It would be interesting to hear why he ditched both groups in the height of their respectful peaks.
Fall Out Boy
The pop/punk band hit the mainstream in 2006 with their hit “Sugar We’re Going Down.” While they were the butt of every ‘rock is dead’ joke, they went on to sell over 17 million copies of all of their albums worldwide. Pete Wentz, the creator and producer of the group, went on to help bring successful groups/people like Gym Class Heroes, Paramore, and rapper Tyga to the masses. Sadly, the group took an indefinite hiatus in 2010 due to creative differences. (FYI: Their sound has been described as both emo and rock, but did you know that Babyface produced a good bit of their music?)
The R&B crooner was one of the best neo-soul singers of the ’90s and was one of the forefathers of that musical movement. With hits like “Brown Sugar” and “How Does It Feel,” the singer was on top of the world of soul music. But with legal and alcohol problems, his career was put on hold in the late 2000’s. He’s currently back on tour traveling all around the world to places like London, Paris, Stockholm and more for performances, so we’d love to know what happened and what he’s trying to do musically these days. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a good comeback story?
Is it strange that Brandy has two “Behind the Music” bios? Who’s to say that Monica’s story wouldn’t be a good one? She has countless hit singles, Grammy’s, has been compared and contrasted to everyone in the game, and has been through hell and back. With her personal life twisting into her music, her sound has stayed true to traditional R&B while still catering to a younger audience. It would be interesting to see how she dealt with her boyfriend’s suicide in 2000, what she believes are her career highs, and how she has found happiness with NBA star Shannon Brown after all she has been through.
While VH1 is targeting a younger audience, they should still give us a bio about one of R&B ‘s most influential singers–Mr Luther Vandross. He has sold over 25 million albums and even has an album out now entitled, Hidden Gems, with rare live performances and unreleased tracks from his career. He is the only R&B artist to have a top ten hit from 1981 to 1994, and he’s accomplished so much more. It would be nice to get to know more about his back story, his personal life, and about his health issues. His story would be a pleasant and interesting one and could remind us of what a true artist is.