Eric speaks on whitewashing in the music biz.
While speaking on Van Lathan‘s ‘The Red Pill‘ podcast, legendary R&B crooner Eric Benet visited the controversial topic of Black R&B and Hip-Hop artists being shaded by the music business.
Additionally, he questions, “why is it ‘genius’ when they do it? If you listen to Kenny Lattimore’s latest record, it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s dope,’ but if it was a White cat that came out with that record, he’d be at the Grammy’s.”
Also, the 41-year-old mentions that history continues to repeat itself. He admits it’s always been this way — dating back to Elvis Presley, who received more shine than his Black peers. In addition, he adds that R&B still holds the short end of the stick, but its even worse for Black singers.
As a result of some of his prior words on rappers, Fat Joe since chimed in with TMZ, stating:
“That’s his opinion. I view music as entertainment. We have different rappers for different messages. It’s all entertainment. If you’re going to go and live your life behind a rap song, then you’re the fool. It’s just entertainment, you know? We make gangster rap, people work out to it. People in the army, navy, they be fighting wars. They be gettin’ hyped off our shit. I don’t know what he’s talkin’ about. It’s a shame, I love Eric Benet.”
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