I used to love Mariah Carey. Everything she did before The Emancipation of Mimi (with the exception of the whole Glitter thing). But now?
I first heard her new song, “Obsessed,” on B96 a couple of weeks ago. But I didn’t know it was her at the time. I had just changed radio stations in the car while driving, when I heard this completely unappealing voice croon “So oh oh oh oh.” I assumed it was some new chick trying to make it in the music biz with some unoriginal track produced by some Timbaland-wannabe. Later, on some other occasion, I was listening to the radio again when the DJ said something along the lines of, “Here’s Mariah’s new song,” and when I realized it was the same song, I was amused. I’m still a huge fan of Mariah’s music, but the garbage she puts out nowadays irk me. And why does she still try to be such a sex symbol? I don’t find her sexy. She looks…like an old woman trying to be sexy and it’s not working. Seriously, I don’t know why I’m not digging Mariah anymore, but I just felt like I had to say my piece.
Anybody remember the days when Lil Jon and “crunk” were all the rage? And, OK, it wasn’t too long ago, but it was back in high school for me, so it feels like ages now. I noticed this last week when I was making a “black people music!!! fasho!!!!!!!” (a little inside joke between me and my friends :)) playlist on YouTube. I was filling the playlist with my high school classics, such as “Get Low” — which I rediscovered in The Proposal, where Sandra Bullock does a hilarious rendition of that song — when I realized you just don’t hear music like that on the radio anymore. Everything’s all Auto-Tune nowadays. Kanye, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, now the Black Eyed Peas… I suppose I don’t mind too much, but it makes me wonder what kind of music fad is going to be next.