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White artists who sell black music better than black people

blue-eyed, eminemPart of rap renegade Eminem’s brilliance may have been his comedic proclivities, which he incorporated with aplomb into his lyrics, often parodying the obvious racial implication of his blockbuster success within a predominantly black genre.

Marshall Mathers was purposely slamming his lyrical bat against white sensibilities because of the fact that blacks of similar talents did not, however, experience the same type of commercial success that he did during his prime in the previous decade — and it was because of one reason that he had the intestinal fortitude to illuminate: he is white.

This subject returns to the forefront as universally liked Robin Thicke scored a rare quadruple whammy in music: a No. 1 album, No. 1 single, No. 1 downloaded hit and No. 1 dance song simultaneously. Just what is it about white artists who perform songs dipped in R&B that their black counterparts can’t seem to do consistently these days? blue-eyed, robin thick

Prolific producer The-Dream says the trend of whites playing black music, while black superstars lean toward pop and dance, is striking:

“It’s called rhythm and blues; they just took the blues out of it for so long. What’s crazy is that blacks can’t do soul records any more. We love Adele singing it, but Beyoncé singing it? No,” he said, further pontificating: “This is where we see guys like Usher and Ne-Yo shying away from their R&B sound earlier in their careers to doing Euro-Dance type records with big name producers such as David Guetta and Calvin Harris.”

In other words, if you want to start stacking that paper real high, find a white guy with soul and get him a hit.

Take a look at the artists in the old and new millennium who sell black-oriented music better than black people do.

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  1. Didi on August 9, 2013 at 8:11 am


  2. January Ansa on August 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    You guys are so full of shit. You want to talk about white people selling more “black” music than Black people but don’t even attempt to deal with the real issue as to WHY that may be the case. Simply put, Black people are not “allowed” to be “Black” and get paid for it. That is, two things: 1 While these white artist may make more money hi-jacking Black creative genius, they ARE NOT better artist, now way. 2. White people are the majority of this nation, thus if you want to make “big bucks” you must get white people to buy your music. And while Whites definitely LOVE Black music, they LOVE White people who do Black music more. Not because they are better artist, because they are white. They are the embodiment of all white peoples dream, to be as dashing, creative and soulful as Black people without actually being Black people. And one other thing, Black people representing actual Black music in it’s purest form won’t work for Black artist who want to make it “big” in the industry because white people have a seriously twisted psychology that will not allow them to accept Black people being exactly who they are. It’s to affirming of Black goodness for them. No, Black artist must in one form or fashion portray this perception of “wanting” to be more “white”. The hair must be straight, the music must have more rhythm and less blues, more blues and no soul or something, anything that says “yea, I’m a Black artist and this comes to me pretty naturally, but I sure do wish I was white” even if only a little bit. That is if you want top Billboard money.

    • jeje on December 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Exactly. This article is bull. Its very rare. Very rare to find whites who have soul or flavor when it comes to black music. With that all the whites listed where directly influenced by blacks. Marrried to a black woman or grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood.

  3. bobza on August 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Honestly, if it weren’t for the black people in America, white people would still be making classic and western music. There’s many things that black musicians have introduced to whites musicians, such as feel for rythm and dared and bold tunes e.g. solos, freestyle and call-answer concepts. White musicians by default have no soul and are very conserved when it comes to music (no imagination).
    The only thing that’s generally simplistic in black music culture is melody.