With more and more non-traditional singers continuing to dip their feet into the R&B world, SOHH decided to hit up 112’s Slim to get his opinion on models like Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian stepping into the genre.
Slim also shared his thoughts on Young Money star Drake breaking through common standards and excelling as both an emcee and singer.
“When you have people like an Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian or whatever, I look at it like this; in this day and age, you have to grow with what’s going on,” Slim told SOHH. “You have people out there that are trying to touch every aspect of entertainment there is. For that right there, I can’t knock them. At the end of the day, they’re touching their dream. I look at it like, the sky is the limit. Go for it. You have people that probably told Drake, ‘No, you can’t sing ‘and’ rap.’ I followed him through his mixtapes — I find it very amazing that somebody from Toronto can come down and really embrace the Texas-feel of music and do a really good job at it. He mixed the style of where he’s from and what he’s going through, and really took it to a whole ‘nother field. I can’t knock it. As long as you believe in what you’re doing, then the sky is the limit.” (SOHH)
A few weeks ago, Rose unleashed her second single, “Loaded.”
Following her debut entry into the music scene with assistance from her beau superstar rapper Wiz Khalifa on “Fame”, socialite, model and now recording artist Amber Rose delivers her second entry in the world of recorded music with “Loaded.” The euro-dance tinged track produced by The Crew which features Amber dropping verses about how independently loaded she is isn’t my personal taste, but In the current state of music I think it will definitely work in the clubs and to be honest she doesn’t rhyme worse than some of the rappers being championed left right and center. (Soul Culture)
Although short-lived, Kardashian gave the music industry a shot last year.
“Basically, Ciara came to me and was like, ‘You’ve got to meet The-Dream,'” Kim explained in an interview. “I was not into doing a song. I thought, ‘Everyone kind of tries that, and it doesn’t really work out so well.’ So I talked to friends like Kanye and a few of my other musical friends, like this is their life. They gave me good advice. They asked me what I do for fun, and I said, ‘I go shopping, I hang out with friends.’ And they said, ‘We go to the studio for fun. Come have fun with us. Don’t think too much about it.'” Kim continued, clarifying that an album is not in the works: “There’s no album in the works or anything — just one song we did for the show, and a video Hype Williams directed,” Kim said. “Half of the proceeds we’re giving away to a cancer foundation, because The-Dream’s and one of my parents passed away from cancer. It’s just all having fun — with a good cause.” (Billboard)
Despite his knack for singing out anthems, Drake previously downplayed his crooning ability.
“I could never really take singing on the road the way I can take rapping on the road. I can’t get on stage and blow people away with my range and vocals. I’m a studio singer because I can convey emotion and I have unique melodies, so that’s kind of what I pride myself on, but that’s where it stops. I make music more for people to listen to rather than to hold me as an R&B artist. Not to wish that I couldn’t sing better. If I could sing like Trey [Songz] then yeah, I’d definitely just want to be a singer. If I could do anything, trust me, I wish I could just sit at the piano and sing.” (VIBE)
Check out Amber Rose’s “Loaded” below: