R&B singer K. Michelle is adamant that if the Adeles and Sam Smiths of the world were Black, they would not have the amount of commercial success that they do.
During a recent question and answer session with fans, K. didn’t hold back when asked about the state of rhythm and blues. “They allow White people to sing our music … blue eyed soul is some bullsh*t. Yeah, I said it,”she fired off in response.
K went on single out Adele’s “Hello” while making the claim that if a Black artist put out something similar, it would flop. “‘Hello’, that’s some bullsh*t, sorry. It’s a great song, great artist, but if a Black girl was to sing that very song, it would not get played on the radio.”
K went on to suggest that the Black community is partly responsible for its artists not finding commercial success. “We sit around and call our very own artists flops, but we’ll run and go buy some blue eyed soul … They don’t have to destroy us because we destroy each other.”
A lot of Black Twitter was quick to cosign Michelle’s POV, tweeting:
K. Michelle has a point though. I see nothing wrong with what she said. Nor any hate.
— Jasmine (@jazdenisee) January 29, 2016
See this is why I love @kmichelle, she speaks the truth on what a lot of r&b artists think yet are afraid to say….Agree w/ her 1000% 🙌
— J.Simone ❤ (@LadiiJ88) January 29, 2016
— Marcus Shepard (@MarcusShepard) January 29, 2016
Do you agree with K? If Jazmine Sullivan put out “Hello,” would it be as big a hit as Adele’s version, or is the British songstress only popular she’s White? Shout out to TheShadeRoom for supplying video of K’s commentary.
A video posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on