R&B singer Ne-Yo has stepped forward to address the perception of intentionally taking platinum-selling rapper Game’s 2011 solo album title for his upcoming R.E.D. Album.
Admitting there is no pressure to change the forthcoming LP’s title, Ne-Yo pointed out past instances artists have shared similar album names.,/p>
R&B megastar Ne-Yo says he’s NOT GUILTY of stealing the title of his upcoming album R.E.D. from The Game … even though Game released his R.E.D. album last year. “No … I don’t feel like I ripped off The Game’s album,” Ne-Yo told us at LAX … insisting he carefully selected the name of his album (which stands for Realizing Every Dream) because he felt it had a good fit … not because he was trying to copy the rapper. FYI — Game’s R.E.D. album debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. “Until The Game comes up to me and says he has a problem with it, I don’t care what people think.” … Ne-Yo said. He also points out that he’s not the first artist to inadvertently use another artist’s album title — “Jay-Z did The Blueprint and so did KRS-One.” (TMZ)
Last month, Game said he was slightly confused over Ne-Yo’s LP title.
So what does Game think of Ne-Yo jacking his album title? He doesn’t quite understand the renaming, but having worked with the crooner before, seemingly accepts it. “I dont know what that’s about, but I’ve always known Ne-Yo to be a cool dude, so I’m pretty sure he got his reasoning,” Game told XXLMag.com. “More power to the lil’ homie.” Ne-Yo explains that his R.E.D. acronym stands for “Realizing Every Dream,” in contrary to Game’s definition of R.E.D., which stood for rededicated. (XXL Mag)
Ne-Yo detailed what his R.E.D. Album would embody in mid-April.
“The last couple of years, I’ve taken a little bit of time to step back and just look at everything that’s happened in my life and everything that’s going on right now, and I made the realization that I’m absolutely doing it,” he said in an interview. “I’m realizing every dream that I’ve ever had. I’m blessed and not a lot of people can say that. So this album is celebrating the mature dreams, the immature dreams, just every dream that I’ve ever had and how I am slowly, maturely realizing every single one.” (Hip Hollywood)
Recently, the platinum-selling crooner talked to SOHH about placing singing over rapping.
“I am in no shape, form or fashion trying to become a rapper,” Ne-Yo promised SOHH. “My lane is R&B, my lane is singing and writing. That’s what I do. Rap is something I do when I’m in the studio and just wilding out, having fun. I’ll mess around with it but don’t expect to hear a Ne-Yo rap album coming anytime soon. I do what I do.” (SOHH)
Check out a recent Ne-Yo interview below: