Case Study: K. Michelle – Too Blunt For Star Status?


K. Michelle is going to have to get it together in order to succeed…

I’m going to be positive first. I think K. Michelle has a nice voice and is a potential talent. That was nice.  However, I am afraid that ‘ghetto-tactics’ may ruin/undo her before she even takes off.  Recently I discovered this video that was quite shocking of her singing a song she wrote entitled “I Just Wanna F**k.” The title nor the song leaves nothing to the imagination.  I’ll let you watch/listen for yourselves.  Disclaimer: I you are offended by f-bombs or what I pen as ‘ghetto’ songs, then don’t waste your time.

If Michelle wants to be risqué, that is her prerogative, but she should also be aware that being too brash can still have an adverse effect.  Eamon was a one hit wonder with his explosive expletive laden “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back).” We haven’t heard from the R&B singer since then.  Also, keep in mind that his album, 2003’s I Don’t Want You Back only went gold, which at the time wouldn’t have been considered a bit smash.  I have included the little ditty. It is edited… bleep, bleep, bleep.

Cee-Lo pulled off the ‘f-bomb’ thing well, but notice that “F**k You” (“Forget You” in edited form) was a novelty and unlike anything we’ve associated with the singer.  His follow-up single was “Old Fashioned,” an antithesis of the brash Grammy-winning cut.  Below is the uncensored version… just warning you.

I cite this examples to say I think that K. Michelle is trying too hard initially to shock as a means of building a musical identity and an R&B fan base in a time where R&B is having its own identity crisis.  Sure, I liked “Kiss My A**,” but it didn’t have much traction right? Of all the songs we are talking about from 2012, that song is not even making noise on R&B lists.  Believe me, we do live in a time where explicit is the thing and adding profanities can beef up a song and make it sound cool to the new generation. But, we also know that pulling back has its advantages – songs like “Someone Like You” by Adele didn’t have to be so blunt and even the odd “Somebody That I Used To Know” didn’t need brashness to be a huge hit.

K. Michelle’s toughness doesn’t look like it will ultimately provide the traction she needs to be a prominent music star. Time will tell this of course, but hearing her sound so freaky about sex on a cut like “I Need To F**k” makes her seem much more trashy than classy.

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