Stop The Shenanigans: Celebrities Who Let Drama Get In The Way Of Their Talent

July 2, 2014  |  
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The following people on this list all have music that I’ve bumped at one time or another. However, their music and their talents in general often take a backseat due to the drama they get caught up in. Whether they’re bickering with folks on social media or throwing ‘bows in public, these people are too talented to take part in all the shenanigans they enjoy entertaining.

Azealia Banks

Pretty girl. Vicious lyrical abilities. Penchant for drama.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it for the umpteenth time: Azealia Banks is a talented young MC. However, she makes it hard for those who have never heard her music to give her work a chance when she’s focused less on promoting that, and more on calling out everyone from Pharrell to Tiny and Rita Ora on social media.

K. Michelle

I’m not a big fan of K’s music, but I will say that she can sing very well. Something else she does very well is call people out for their shenanigans. And while there’s nothing wrong with keeping it real from time to time, it can get a little tired. We know you don’t like Tamar Braxton, no need to call her a muppet for the billionth time. And if you don’t want to be friends with Elle Varner anymore, that’s cool, but do you need to publicly call her thirsty??? C’mon, K…


You know I wasn’t going to leave this man out. T.I. has let drama get him thrown in jail in the past, and now that he’s out, doing reality TV with his family and changing his image, he should be focused on being happy and taking care of home. Unfortunately, he’s too busy confronting Apollo Nida in parking lots, throwing punches in Fatburger with Floyd Mayweather, and calling Azealia Banks a STI-having “musty mouthed thot.” So much to lose, but so little concern from Trouble Man.

Kenya Moore

Okay, okay, so she’s not a gifted artist, but Kenya Moore is a businesswoman, and of course, she WAS Miss USA. But Moore threw all those positive aspects of her life in the gutter so that she could be queen of reality TV. Nope, she’s not known for her independent movie production company or her pageant work anymore, but rather, flirting and texting with married men and having knock-down drag-out fights with her co-stars.

Teyana Taylor

Another young woman who can sing, if not ‘sang,’ I know more about Teyana Taylor’s public squabbles with folks than I know her discography. Not only can she sing and dance, but she’s got a great eye for what’s hot in fashion. Unfortunately, a deal she had designing shoes for Adidas was scrapped, despite her kicks selling huge, because she made light of domestic violence while briefly beefing with Rihanna…

Chris Brown

Before his domestic assault on Rihanna, Chris Brown was slated to be the next huge thing in all of music, but his choices on that night, and after, have made him something of a villain in music instead. And his most recent troubles, which landed him in jail, actually halted the release of his fifth anticipated album, X. But after his performance at the BET Awards this past weekend, we’re hoping he’ll be able to get back on track, get focused, and stay there (and out of trouble).

August Alsina

I’ve had the chance to hear August Alsina sing in person and he’s pretty amazing vocally. However, many people know him for his brief issues with Trey Songz, cursing on BET’s 106th & Park after Keshia Chante asked him about that beef with Trey Songz, and hanging a dummy version of himself for a music video. Yeah, he’s a little rough around the edges, but with time we think he’ll refine his media presence and have people more focused on his “testimony.”

Keyshia Cole

I don’t care what anyone says, Keyshia Cole can sing her butt off. However, she also does a little too much on social media. From calling out Beyoncé and Michelle Williams, to sending subliminal shots in the direction of her estranged husband and exposing her life through reality shows, Cole has made it hard to focus on what’s important: the music.

50 Cent

Taking shots at people was okay at the beginning of 50 Cent’s musical career (you know, the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ days), but he always seems to have something crazy to say about everybody these days (usually around the time that he’s preparing to drop new music), and no one cares anymore. And his very public issues with his son Marquise and his son’s mother (and domestic abuse claims from the mother of his son, Sire) don’t help either.

Ray J

Ray J is a creep, but I think we can all agree that he can sing. But he’s overshadowing his own talents by always bringing up his ex-girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, whose notoriety and money has increased massively since their tape leaked. She’s now known as Kanye West’s wife, and he’s still being referred to as Brandy’s brother.


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