Tag Archives: blue-eyed soul

Elation and Ouch!: WJSS Post on Black Twitter, My First CrossOver Hit

18 Oct


Justin TimberlakeI felt like Justin Timberlake last week.  I hear people talking all the time about him being an artist now making music for a black audience, as evidenced in a snippet from The Root article by Jocelyn A. Wilson, Miley, JT, and the Politics of Appropriation(August 30, 2103):

 …What I know to be true is that JT has developed a natural and unforced authenticity that fosters endorsement from the black community when he sings and dances. Cyrus’ style of appropriation looks forced, natural and disrespectful.

JT has figured it out partly because of his artistic development under the direction of super-producer Timothy Mosley, aka “Timbaland.” And Timbaland, being the musical genius that he is, saw a real sense of soul in a young Timberlake. JT doesn’t try to “act black.” He’s simply a white guy from Memphis, Tenn., who has been successful in crossing over from a majority only-white audience when he was with NSYNC to a substantial black audience post-NSYNC.

My big crossover moment came when… […]

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: The White Boy Soul of Justin Timberlake

17 Jun

I don’t mind admitting that I like Justin Timberlake, and since they’ve been playing his 2007 hit, What Goes Around,  on the radio a lot recently, it’s going to be my weekend share here.   This song about love and betrayal, was off his Future Sex/Love Sounds album that Justin co-wrote and produced with Timbaland and Nate Hill.

What Goes Around is the kind of song I can’t keep myself from doing the soul nod to–and even had to get out of my seat while typing to dance to it.  So what I was in my bedtime t-shirt and leggings.

Who is your white boy soul singer crush?




P.S.  Don’t tell, and I really don’t like him, but I also can’t stop doing the soul nod to Justin Beiber’s,  Boyfriend. What is it with these Justins?