Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Random Thought...

Yesterday on VH1 Soul they were playing a lot of videos from back in the day. Brandy's video for her song "Baby" came on and that made me think about how times have changed. I noticed how the lil pop R&B music was so innocent back then. Don't get me wrong, I like the new breed of girlie teenage pop R&B singers but they are so grown compared to what Brandy was singing about back then. I use Brandy as a reference because she was basically the first black "it" girl for my generation (she came out in '94). Back then Brandy was singing about best friends and thinking about her baby. Now-a-days the girls are singing about their "goodies" and looking for boys to make them "feel good". Even in Brandy's videos back in the day she could rock a turtle neck, a big coat, and still be cool. Now-a-days if you are wearing a big coat there must be a bra top on under it. Like I said before, I like the music that's out now, but boy have times changed...


40 comments:








j-mami

said...

Damn I'm first for a change.





j-mami

said...

Naw, for real. My best friend and I talk about that shit all the time. The times have changed because the industry has built these false images. Brandy was it for us. We all new someone who looked like her, acted liker, hell maybe even sung like her. Naw all of this shit is preheated like hot pockets. She was relateable, but normal, and she still had innocence and star power.





darknluvli

said...

i've been thinking about this for a while now. music has changed and not necessarily for the better. i miss the old brandy-monica-aaliyah days. oh well.





Anonymous

said...

Yeah I have to agree tim'es have changed. I was just talking baout that last night how kid's are out of control these day's the parent's first have changed because it start's in the home so If the parent is still running the street's trying to still be young because they are then who the hell are raising the kid's! Right TV that's the problem! I do not have any yet but trust I am going ole skool on that ass for real! Brandy look cute and this was my jam hey!!!!





Anonymous

said...

Basically if you are not a light skin stripper who can barely hold a tune you will never be a megastar. I blame the artist who keeping pushing the envelope. They have no vision and no sense of responsibility. However, we do have, A keys, India, J scott etc., so it is not all bad. I do think Aaliyah struck a good balance, she was sexy and comercial without taking it to the hostreme.

Justmy2¢





Anonymous

said...

That cute innocent fun look is over. Music is definatly turning our youth into baby hoochies.





Anonymous

said...

J-Mami, tell it to the mountain!! I couldn't agree with you more. Brandy represented almost every girl back then. Monica and Aaliyah as well. They were all down to earth and talented girls. I miss those times because the music was so authentic! People weren't shoving that diva/booty/lightskinned only mentality on the masses. They represented variety and that is what we need. Not everybody in a race to be the best blonde,bootylicious,tripple threat. that stuff is so fake to me.





Tea Cup

said...

I agree. That's one of the reasons I loved Brandy (and still do) as an artist. I could see myself in her. She was a real girl. People tried to put her down about her unconventional looks but to me that goes back to people thinking that ethnic looking women are less entitled to fame and the spotlight.





Anonymous

said...

I agree. I remember all of the pictures you have up of her...I wanted those tye dyes. They are still kinda cute too.





Nee

said...

I agree. I never watched Moesha before but my daughter is into the re-runs. I was watching with her the other day thinking how entertaining Brandy was back in the day and how different these girls out now are.





Toons

said...

Music has changed so much, and a lot of the music today is bubble gum that doesn't last past the month it's released in. I can still pop in Brandy's first cd or Aaliyah's One In a Million and jam to it like it was just released. Back then they made classic music. Now it's about their looks and not so much thier vocal talent. I can't wait for Brandy's new material. She is always consistant, but way underrated because of the fact that she's not a carbon copy off all the other R&B girls out there





Anonymous

said...

All of Brandy's albums are classic albums. People forget about talent and what really counts. I can't stand watching video shows anymore. it's like you see the same female artist 20 times. The ones that ARE putting out good music get no play,





Anonymous

said...

brandy was so beautiful back then wtf happen





Anonymous

said...

You aint told no lies about music changing. These were the innocent yet real days of R&B now it's like everyone is after the almight dollar and they think that in order to gain money they have to lose their clothes/respect. Brandy/Monica/Aaliyah was it for me back in the days....





fee

said...

A much cuter Brandy.





Desmon

said...

I was just playing this whole CD the other day! I still listen to Brandy, Aaliyah, Monica, and SWV. I can't really listen to these R&B singers today because I can't relate to what those girls are singing about. I do not have (fake) honey blonde hair and am not a size 4 or 6. I have a darker complexion and tend to rock braids often a la Brandy. Even though I haven't been feeling some of Brandy's music lately, I'd rather listen to Brandy, Never Say Never, and Full Moon over Ciara and Tierra Mari any day!





Anonymous

said...

that's when brandy was eating a balanced diet.





Anonymous

said...

i agree. too much sex too soon. girls without proper understanding of the way the media works, and without the proper values being instilled in them early on. look at bobbi christina! let's turn the pendulum back girls!!





Muzik Man

said...

LMAO Damn Dee u did it again shawty...lol i laugh at how this is our "old skool" like our mamas and pops was vibin to the 60s,70s, and early 80s with the Chaka's and Aretha's, Patti's,Anita's,and Regina Belle's. Where you actually had to know how to SING to MAKE IT. When the girls in school would watch Video Soul or Planet Groove and literally knew the dance routines to these videos and us guys would do the "One in A Million/Are You That Somebody" beats on the table with a coin or a pencil in the cafeteria. When songs actually TOLD A STORY and videos actually had a PLOT...and your favorite singer was fully CLOTHED and they was STILL flyy!

Damn I remember goin to the grocery store/corner store and coppin a Right On or Word Up to get them pull-out posters of Brandy/Monica/Aaliyah...damn i feel old!! It was such a good time for music back then...no video "hos"...they were MODELS and there was usually ONE of them, the LEAD for the singer/rapper,and Bobby Brown and R. Kelly were the raunchiest you could get.

When it was aiight for a rapper to DANCE and SMILE and look FRESH without being called "gay" or "soft". Damn I remember when BAD BOY was THE SHIT!!!
DAMN what happened???...I know what happened...MONEY!!!





Anonymous

said...

i think when people try to go the innocent route now everyone dismisses them as corny. Society is way over-sexed now anyway.





Anonymous

said...

Desmon I agree. I don't really listen to the entire album of these chics nowadays. Brandy, Monica, and Aaliyah put out classic music, period. I still love Brandy's muzic. Her last album was so damn good, but nobody cared because everyone is preoccupied with the wrong thing.





Lea

said...

Sex of course is very exploited its not just music that has changed but society.

Tell me why at any other brandy posts, everyone comments on her looks and how bad her weaves look and how ugly she looks. Music is the way it is today especially in the rnb genre because every new generation of youngsters to come up listen to the so called bubble gum rnb artists you see on tv today.





Anonymous

said...

^^^cuz Brandy looked good and healthy back in the day





Anonymous

said...

sigh...this is the Brandy I used to enjoy... Once upon a time she looked healthy and happy.





Anonymous

said...

Wow, Brandy looks hella cute in the pic on the far right. You know I always thought she was part Asian





Anonymous

said...

Aaaahhhh memories. In the early 90's I was a teen and I think we were the last generation to have a taste of good quality black
music. Brandy, Mariah, Whitney, Boys to Men, Jodeci, Tupac, Monica, Fugees, etc.
It was about the music back then now it is about who is the most xrated.
Thank God I am not a teen now....totally different world





Anonymous

said...

What artist/group/video do you think FIRST pushed the envelope of being over sexualized that started this trend? About what year?





Anonymous

said...

does anybody remember B Angie B? and if u do what happened to her??





Anonymous

said...

Not to sound racist, but I think the white girls started the trend of being too sexy at a younger age. Britney was also starting to be hot around the later years when Brandy, Monica, and Aaliyah ruled.

She was more sexier and the media accepted her, so you know some of our blacks followed the trend of white america. I think that's where it started.





Anonymous

said...

yah I think Britney started the too sexy too young trend and then it went overboard





Anonymous

said...

I think girls was tryna keep up with the Jones'...Kimberly Jones that is...i think it was the Lil Kim and Foxy Brown era that kinda started it. Then Mariah got divorced and went hoochie on us, yeah Britney had a lot to do with it too. Then it just became acceptable for females to show tummys and breasts, then the era of VIDEO hoes came around with rappers pourin champagne over girls instead of them chillin in the pool looking cute in a bathing suit.
I remember when Mama Sonja wouldn't let Brandy show her belly then that episode of Moesha came on when she got that tattoo and her pops called her a "tramp" so I guess since then brandy been tryna keep up.





Anonymous

said...

This girl singers today are STRAIGHT GARBAGE! Hold up........isn't Ciara a virgin????? She claims she doesn't sell sex........(snicker)





Julia_Claudine_Deveraux

said...

Those pics are adorable and age-appropriate. It's really sad to see the evolution of black music associated with youths.





Anonymous

said...

sooo agreein wid u muzik man...in terms of who started off the rap videos hmmm? my earliest recollection was q-tips breathe and stop and when i saw what i was like whoa thats too much and my dad was like 'change the channel' lol but now when i look back at the video i don't thiks its as hootchie as i thought it was on the intial tyme i saw it which means sadly I'm now probably conditioned 2 seein the shit i see on tv...





Anonymous

said...

I just filled my ipod with brandy, monica and aaliyah. those were the days...when it was cool to just have a crush, not trying to actually be crushin'





Anonymous

said...

Ciara is not a virgin, I am not saying she a hoe, but I just don't believe she is pure. I don't think she sell sex really, her dances are a little provocative though.





Anonymous

said...

PLEASE MADONNA HAS BEEN SEXY AND PROVOCATIVE SINCE DAY ONE!





Anonymous

said...

Girl, you took me way back! It seems like teenage popstars --like Rihana-- are not the same as back-in-the day Brandy. Brandy was an innocent, fun-loving cutie who just wanted to "be down" with her crush. Now, young popstars are trying to be grown. They don't take their time to grow like Aaliyah(RIP) did. Everyone is trying to emulate that top superstar right now. Everyone wants to look, dance, and sing like Miss Beyonce. What I am saying is, there is not enough originality. But I think R & B is not the same period. There was an element of mystery like Rick James -- "Mary Jane" (where you had to filter out the innuendo to realize he was referencing to weed)and suspense like Shirley Murdock -- "As We Lay" to it. Now, people are talking about booty, booty, booty all the time!! It is all good at the parties, but come on, there is more to life than booty!

Nic





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