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Bobby V says he’s moving on because ‘R&B is in a weird place’

Bobby V has been in the game long enough to witness how much R&B music has changed. He got his initial break with the group Mista in the mid 1990s, but didn’t see true success as a solo artist until 2005, when his debut Bobby Valentino was released. But even since that time, Valentino has seen a shift in the industry and doesn’t like where the music is currently and is unsure about where it’s heading.

“R&B is in a weird place,” he tells rolling out. “Me being a real singer and playing piano and stuff like that and trying to be one of the forerunners [who are] bringing R&B back; and seeing the business and game where it is now …” he pauses and then adds, “I’m not giving up on it —but I’m just sitting back a little bit and reevaluating things. I’m seeing where urban music is going. Having a record deal and them keeping you in a box as an urban artist, it just opened my eyes to want to do something different and try some different stuff.”

“In 2014, I don’t really think it is R&B,” Bobby continues. “R&B is more of a black market, kind of. It’s [gone] all the way hip-hop. The rappers are singing. So if rap is more popular than R&B and rappers are singing, then it kind of leaves us out the door — those that really do real R&B. Of course, you can make an R&B song degrading women and saying some negative things and that may work. Because it seems like those are the R&B songs that are working now, which is a little sad to me. But I’m not that kind of guy.”

Thinking back to his earliest days as an R&B singer and to the music that inspired him, Bobby V believes that his heart is still tied to the music of the 1990s. During that decade, R&B groups like Boyz II Men and Jodeci dominated urban radio.

“Those are the years when I was really interested in R&B,” he recalls. “The 90s are when I learned a lot … about R&B. I saw it change a lot between 2009 and 2010; it started to change. That’s when the AutoTune got really big which made everybody able to sing. That’s when R&B changed.”

Bobby V says he’s turning his interests more towards acting. Despite the fact that his Peach Moon EP received a warm reception when it was released this past winter, the singer-songwriter just doesn’t know if he wants to deal with the music industry and changing times.

“I think the more you know and the more educated you become, the more you’re put out of the industry,” he says. “Unless you get a job in the industry, being a smart artist is not really what a lot of people want. Once you start to ask questions and start to learn a lot, I don’t think they want that. Now the business is about one hit, maybe two and ‘see you later.’”

1 Comment

  1. butter bean sugar on May 29, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    wow bobby is so right , rb is turning to chicks like k michelle , and trey songs , with all that auto tune junk .. that someone writes a tune and someone sits in a studio and make the voice over …. no real talent .. look how many young white kids are now singing catchy pop tunes .. justin bieber cant sing but hes white and white kids pay money for anyone to call an idol , american idol try to keep the real songstresess out there , but then again they always pick a fresh face white kid who knows nothing bout nothing and allow him to make a catchy pop or country tune .. they never pick many blacks cause they know the average black kid gonna want to do rb . .which rb does not sell like pop tunes do EVEN IF A USHER TYPE BLACK GUY WINS IDOL.. HE WILL BE SHOVED UNDER THE RUG… RUBIN STUDART IS IT THE ONLY BLACK MALE COME CLOSE TO WINNING ….. HE WON BUT TREY AKINS GOT THE RECORDE DEALS ??? fantasia is the only black female to go platinum from idol and jordon sparks is a nobody .. she let them bamboozled her outta being a beyonce ..
    so idol is bias … jay valintine is right rb is not like it use to be .. WEIRD PLACE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT .. BERRY GORDY CAN TELL YOU EXACTLY WHERE IT IS ..LOL

    MICHAEAL JACKSON TRUST ME WAS THE LAST OF THE MEGA GENERATION OF STARS WITH TALENT THAT WHITES WILL LET BE STARS .. .STAR POWER NOW IS ABOUT a bunch of ballon booty , weave haired , hugh lashed KARDASIANS PARADING THEIR BUTS AROUND FOR FAME AND FORTUNE .. the but has become a monument of fame , cause non of them have no talent , i wish kanye had not gotten on their waggon cause he increased their power to keep thrieving on bad press and hate mail …….. this is what keeps them afloat in hollywoow its whos talked about not whos not talked about …
    if halle berry did somthing bad in public all news turns to her .. but halle shut them donw on her child you dont see no photos of her daughter anywhere right ??? she went to high courts on the paparazzi and now thats why kanye puts baby north on tv and have her everywhere cause the paprazzies are banded from follow celebs with children with them .. lol ..
    so kim and kanya that is proof they want the exposure … they want you to think the married in italy for privacy bull shit..t they want to sell the wedding photo later when things cool off watch them start selling them soon