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Music can make a listener feel a wide range of emotions from sadness and sorrow to happiness and joy. These talented artists have used their music not only to move people but to also transform themselves, their communities or society in general.
Few African artists have had a bigger impact on society than Fela Kuti. The Nigerian native felt the best way to fight back against European imperialism was through his music. Many of his songs were a direct attack against dictatorships and the militaristic government of his native country back in the 70’s and 80’s. Fela even took out advertising space in daily and weekly newspapers to bypass the editorial censorship in Nigeria’s state-controlled media in order to run political columns that furthered his point of views. Fela’s fan base extended far beyond his home country. When he passed away in the summer of 1997, more than one million people attended his funeral to pay their respect. A decade after his death, producers brought his story, music and message to off-Broadway with the sold-out production of “Fela!”
Being too famous can definitely have its downfalls. Though concerts bring in all sorts of revenue, plenty of which goes into the performer’s pockets, the entertainer may also pay a high price when things get out of hand. With fame comes fans, and with fans sometimes comes a crazy person or two. Here are 14 artists who have been attacked by a fan.
First things first: THIS IS NOT A WHERE ARE THEY NOW? if you were wondering. Check back at the end of the week.
Anywho, while most actors, singers and more have chosen to let folks in on every single aspect of their lives thanks to their affiliations with social media sites like Twitter, Tumblr pages, reality television shows, and their quest to make errands a chance for a paparazzi photo op, there are a slew of big name artists who would balk at all that exposure. Some of the biggest names in entertainment over the years dropped albums, TV shows, had huge roles in movies and more over the years, only to disappear off of the face of the earth when the press and the people were calling for them. Why? Well, after reading the most recent issue of GQ, which profiled the rise, fall and re-emergence of D’Angelo, folks like Questlove eloquently explained it as “a crazy psychological kind of stoppage that prevents them from following through. A sort of self-saboteur disorder.”
Or maybe they just weren’t feeling folks all up and through their business and wanted to live like normal folks. Whatever motivates these artists to dip in and out of public view only they know, but we’re always happy when they come back. Here are a few, aside from the obvious Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo, who decided to step out of the spotlight when they were huge, but decided to come back later (before disappearing for a bit again).
While it can be hard to imagine now, a lot of the musicians currently ripping down stages and burning up the Billboard charts, at one point, needed a helping hand getting into the recording industry. Everybody needs to start somewhere and luckily for these artists they were introduced and mentored by just the right person to set off their careers.
From mixtapes to million-dollar deals,check out this gallery of Superstar Musicians and the Larger Than Life Proteges at StyleBlazer.com.
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Certainly by now you’ve noticed that the new side hustle for artists and entertainers, is to write an autobiography. Everyone from Common to Iceberg Slim has a book on the shelves. It’s hard out here for musicians these days. Everyone has a story to tell but it’s the people below who we want to hear from the most. While these autobiographies will probably never happen, with one for certain, we know that people would be snatching these hardcovers off the shelves if they were to ever come to fruition. Simply because, we’re nosey like that.
I had to start with the best. If everyone on this list were to write an autobiography, I’d want to read Lauryn’s first and then read it again after I’d finished everyone else’s. After The Miseducation and the following hiatus, turned disappearance, Lauryn had people from all walks of life wondering one simple question. What happened? Every time I talk about Lauryn I reference this video I saw of her giving a speech to some middle-high school aged students. In it there was a light about her. She was 25 at the time and regrettably we, the public, haven’t seen her in this fashion since then. I need Lauryn to write an autobiography so we can have some closure. I have to laugh at myself because it sounds crazy, right? She’s a stranger. But the thing is when your music has such a profound effect on people, they feel, whether logically or illogically, like they know at least a portion of you. In this hypothetical, dream autobiography Lauryn has got to tell me what went down with she and Wyclef, what happened with the marriage that never happened with Rohan and why she became so disenchanted with the music industry. And really, why she started asking folks to address her as Ms. Hill…
If you haven’t seen our story “9 Artists Who Should Have Blown Up…But Didn’t,” you’re missing out on a great list of super talented people who deserve more success. But obviously, by the title above, today’s list is more dedicated to the people whose talents are a bit on the questionable side, but whose success is a bit more than they probably should be getting. While all of these people have had a few songs that had us wopping out in the club, I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen people on the train who can sing and perform better for a dollar. But to each their own.
I’m not going to lie, this chick had a few bangers that I was bouncing my head to in the car (“Rain on Me,” “Baby”), but still, we all know her voice was a bit too paper thin. However, when homegirl first dropped, her album was #1 on the Billboard 200, going triple platinum selling six million copies (that’s huge by today’s industry sales), she was awarded the Soul Train Aretha Franklin “Entertainer of the Year” award in 2002, and won a Grammy for her self-titled album. But still…I mean, if the video for “Happy” doesn’t justify why she was highly overrated, I just don’t know what would.
If you think you have what it takes, or could actually stomach working for Kanye West, here’s your chance.
Last night the rapper/fashion designer/inventor? announced plans to launch a design company named DONDA to develop products and services that “marry our wants and needs.”
“DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce their dreams and ideas,” he wrote.
“I am assembling a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media experts, app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionist, doctors, scientist, teachers.
“DONDA will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford,” he said. “We want to help simplify and aesthetically improve everything we see hear, touch, taste and feel. To dream of, create, advertise and produce products driven equally by emotional want and utilitarian need.”
Kanye’s passion for his new idea is undeniable and he’s also pretty proud of the company’s name.
“I’m so excited about the name…. it’s got the best name ever of all companies of all time!!!” he wrote. “The name of the company is DONDA.”
Just be warned. Kanye revealed the details of the new company amidst a three-hour twitter rant on missed opportunities, closed doors, and fronting his owm money to pursue his passions, so he’s still the same old Ye. Nevertheless it’s cool to see him thinking outside the box like this and honoring his mother’s memory at the same time. He also told anybody who wants in on the team to drop a line to contactDONDA@gmail.com.
What do you think about Kanye’s idea? Can he pull it off?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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If there’s one thing someone can’t accuse Teairra Mari of, it’s giving up. Mari could’ve easily faded into obvlivion after getting cut from Roc-a-Fella years ago, but the young artist pushed forth and today, she can claim a steady acting career along with a fledgling singing career. Things may not be perfect yet for the Detroit-born singer but her days are looking bright. Next up for Ms. Mari? A guest spot on VH1’s hit show “Love & Hip-Hop.” We caught up with the busy working gal to have her answer some questions we’re quite curious about. Check her responses out below!
My greatest love lesson is… OMG? My famous saying is “Don’t Chase ’em- Replace ’em!”
My best trait is…WOW… I never had to narrow that down. That is kind of tough to answer, but if I have to choose, I will say my resilience. I’ve been in the industry since I was 16 and I have learned so many important life lessons that has made me into the woman I am today.
My worst trait is…hands down my memory. I swear I need to take a Ginkba pill! I am TERRIBLE at remembering certain things. It’s pretty bad. However, I am making it a point to change that in 2012.
My favorite three albums of all time are…this is a hard question?! If I had to choose, it would be1. Beyonce- Dangerously in Love, 2. Jodeci- Back to the Future: The Very Best of Jodeci, 3. Sam Cooke- Greatest Hits
If I could live anywhere in the world…Italy. Such a beautiful place with great food!
My happiest time was…my Sweet Sixteen birthday party. Those were happy times in my life in Detroit. I wish I could turn back the clock to re-live an hour of that day….
If I could only wear one designer’s clothes for the rest of my life, it would be.. I never want to limit myself with just one designer’s clothing; each designer creates his/her own beautiful pieces and I am a canvas for wearing great clothes!
My biggest regret is… not telling my grandmother that I love her enough before she died. When you are young, you feel invinceable and that your family is going to be with you forever, so you take advantage of time until something tragic happens which causes you to stop and think about things. I say all that to say make sure you tell your loved one that you love and appreciate them. Tomorrow isn’t promised….
My favorite pair of shoes are…anything Hot with a 6 inch heel! I LOVE a mean shoe. Any Hot, confident lady should have a MEAN shoe game! Men appreciate a woman with mean shoe game, too!
My favorite book is..I LOVE to read! I try and read a new book per month (whether it’s fictional/ biography/suspense.) However my FAVORITE book of all time is “Coldest Winter Ever” by Sista Souljah. The satire in the title says it all.
On the top of my list of qualities for a man is...EXCELLENT HYGIENE! Their is nothing more sexier then a man that smells heavenly! Whew chile!
Just a heads up, if you were thinking this was going to be one of those posts that idolizes “blue-eyed soul singers” or says folks are out here trying to “sound black” (as if there’s one way to sound black), you’re mistaken. This is a list about a few individuals with voices that we accidentally assumed at one point and time belonged to black people. It wasn’t until videos popped up for some of our favorite jams that we didn’t see a black man or woman, but a white man or woman–and it surprised the hell out of us. A lot of these singers are probably your personal favorites by now, some you may have never heard of, but don’t lie, you know you were telling your friends at one point or another, “Oh snap, I just assumed he/she was black…”
You’re not the only one.
The lovely jazz and R&B songstress Lalah Hathaway definitely didn’t let her genetic gifts go to waste. As the daughter of the iconic soul singer Donny Hathaway, there’s a lot of attention and pressure of Lalah to live up to the hype, which she does in her own unique and sophisticated way.
The Berklee College of Music grad has been expressing her musical talents since 10th grade and has continued to grace the industry with her soulful presence for over 20 years. Check out some things you may not have known about the singer.
My greatest love lesson is…. that it makes you a greater person to love. You can never ‘give it all away’- it always comes back to you.
My best trait is… my humor
My worst trait is…. not knowing what my bad traits are? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ….. and being a procrastinator
My favorite three albums of all time are…..three is hard…extension of a man- Donny hathaway, where it all begins- lalah hathaway…and whatever my next record is!
If I could live anywhere in the world…. I am thinking about it now! I like Atlanta, and I like Colorado….I really miss Chicago (my hometown)…
My happiest time was….. so far, college. I really did about 14 years of growth in that short 4 years.. I really found my voice during that stretch of my life- singing and otherwise.
If I could only wear one designer’s clothes for the rest of my life, it would be…… today I would say Queen Grace!
My biggest regret is….. that there will never be enough time.
Inspiration comes from…. everywhere! the trash truck, kids in the yard, rain, a great plate of food…it’s the never ending source from God that sheds light on every single thing…
On the top of my list of qualities for a man is… Humor. I better be laughing more often than not….and humor combined with intelligence is ultimate.
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