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MR HIP HOP HEAD
09-18-2008, 09:11 PM
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NEW YORK - Ne-Yo knows that people appreciate his music.

After all, his first two albums have gone platinum and the singer-songwriter has also helped pen some of the biggest songs of other artistsí careers, including Beyonceís Grammy-nominated ďIrreplaceable" and Rihannaís recent smash, ďTake A Bow."

Still, Ne-Yo (born Shaffer Smith) still feels that he hasnít gotten the acclaim or respect that he deserves as an artist. Just before the release of his third album, ďThe Year of the Gentleman," the 28-year-old sat down to talk about his upcoming CD, his image and his reasons for feeling under-appreciated.

AP: Where were you artistically when you started working on the album?

Ne-Yo: To be honest, I was confused. I knew I wanted to take it to the next step, the next level. And for the life of me, I didnít know how I could do that while staying in my urban boundaries. And then I realized, ďI gotta step outta my urban boundaries. I gotta come out of urban, and you know, venture out and listen to some different stuff. Gather some inspirations in order to take this next step." So thatís what I did. I started listening to a lot of old pop music like the Beatles, and Elton John, Billy Joel and Phil Collins. Stuff like that.

AP: Did you ever want to do the kind of R&B that 1990s groups like Jodeci, Shai and Silk did?

Ne-Yo: I definitely had a respect for that kind of R&B. That was an era when I thought R&B was real. íCause for a minute R&B was very phony.

AP: What do you mean?

Ne-Yo: I donít wanna name any names right now. Youíre gonna get me in trouble. But you know what Iím talking about. There was an era when R&B wasnít hot. ... The whole hip-hop/R&B era just kinda threw me for a loop. Around early 2000 when every song kinda sounded like (one note repeated). Like for real, one note the whole song? That never made sense to me. íCause like, if youíre gonna rap ó rap. If youíre gonna sing ó sing. Donít try to do this combination hybrid of the two of them that sounds like (garbage). I didnít dig it. I just never got into it.

AP: And that made you do what?

Ne-Yo: That made me go back to my roots. That made me go back to the R&B I grew up listening to. The New Editions. The Boyz II Mens. Even farther back. The Temptations. The Billy Oceans and Smokey Robinsons. That type of thing. Where it was more about melodies and lyrics that actually had something to say. So I went back to that. So thatís where inspiration for the first record came from. And we was real scared with the first record ícause it didnít sound like what was going on with the radio at the time. Everybody was very much hip-hop/R&B. Everybody was very much Ciara- and Sean Garretted-out. No disrespect to Sean Garrett (writer of Ciaraís debut single ďGoodies"), but I think he kind of fathered that era. And it was a cool little era for what it was. But it wasnít necessarily for me.

AP: What part of your music do you feel is really under-appreciated?

Ne-Yo: I honestly donít feel that itís my music thatís under-appreciated. I think that itís me thatís under-appreciated. As an artist, period. íCause I look at it like ó OK, two multiplatinum albums. Yeah. Grammy. Two years in the game. I won my first Grammy off my second album, right? Multiple, multiple No. 1s for myself and for other people. However, (Iíve) never seen the cover of Vibe magazine. Never seen the cover of People magazine. Never seen the cover of, you know, Rolling Stone magazine. And wonít. íCause these people feel that for whatever reason, because Iím a fully functional adult and not a heroin addict, that I wonít sell magazines.

AP: Who does the business want you to be?

Ne-Yo: Everybody wants me to be the (guy) whoís (sleeping with) every celebrity woman in the industry. Everybody wants me to be this (guy) in the club, popping 17 bottles just because. Everybody wants me to be Diddy, and thatís not me.

AP: Youíre always the nice guy on songs. There has to be a bad guy that you want to show off, right?

Ne-Yo: Yeah. And itís not that I havenít tried. But management, (the) label ó they feel that Iíve created this image for myself, this box for myself. And they want to keep me in this box. And Iíve told them, ďYíall donít understand thereís so much more to me that youíre not allowing me to show the world. Maybe if yíall allowed me to show these other sides of me, then (people) would pay more attention to me instead of saying, ĎOh, Ne-Yo. Oh great music, great songwriter ó whatís Little Wayne doing?'

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Marwan
09-18-2008, 09:58 PM
Ne-Yo huh, nigga do you know what site you're on, and can you read muthafucka...Fag-O is R & B and you posted this shit in a hip-hop forum on a WUTANG messageboard...niggas like you deserve shit like Kimbo Slice gorilla punches to the back of your head or a steel pipe to the face...get the fuck outta here with that faggot ass shit....

Bg_Knocc_Out
09-18-2008, 10:08 PM
Despite this being a Wu forum, he makes some pretty good R&B songs, unlike that crap that R. Kelly and others put out. Some of his songs are questionable though...

SaqurakiHanamichi
09-18-2008, 10:31 PM
Ne-Yo huh, nigga do you know what site you're on, and can you read muthafucka...Fag-O is R & B and you posted this shit in a hip-hop forum on a WUTANG messageboard...niggas like you deserve shit like Kimbo Slice gorilla punches to the back of your head or a steel pipe to the face...get the fuck outta here with that faggot ass shit....

r&b is for fags?, lol no man r&b b is for human beings that know what the meaning of love is,

Marwan
09-18-2008, 11:10 PM
SQ..I like you..i got mad respect for you so I'll stay in my place with this one..I like sum R & B like MJB, Toni Braxton, Tamia but faggot ass whiny shit with sum bitch ass nigga whinin and beggin for a bitchs love and kissin the bitch ass and beggin for the pussy, I cant get into that type of shit dude.....

bad boy T
09-19-2008, 07:14 AM
fav R'n'B SINGER AT MOMENT

Ghost In The 'Lac
09-19-2008, 07:50 AM
No, rapheal saadiqs next album is bringing REAL RnB back, check it out.

Philosophy
09-20-2008, 11:34 PM
No, rapheal saadiqs next album is bringing REAL RnB back, check it out.

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