Ne-Yo Covers UPSCALE Magazine, Talks Not Being Thirsty For Fame
Ne-Yo is on the cover of the September/October 2012 issue of Upscale Magazine. And he's not holding back on the not-so-quiet bitterness he previously had in the industry. Check out the singer, actor and top-notch songwriter's cover and quotables inside...
"Lazy Love" singer Ne-Yo is out promoting his fifth studio album R.E.D. (dropping on Halloween). And even though he's starred in four films, written countless record-breaking songs for the game's top artists, and stayed out of trouble (for the most part) while doing so, he doesn't feel like he's gotten the recognition he deserves. But he says he will never go to extremes for attention.
So in the new issue of UPSCALE, the father of two reveals his frustrations with the industry, asks when did scandal become more important than music quality, and plenty of other questionable things about the industry.
"I've never been the "hey everybody, look at me!" dude and I'm not gonna start...If my music doesn’t do it for you, if it doesn’t get your attention, there’s 100 dudes out there that will do anything and everything so that you’ll look at them. I’m not that dude.”
On the state of the industry:
"When did it become not about the music and about how quick you could take your shirt off or how many times you’ve been arrested in a year, or who you f-ckin? When did that become more important than the quality of the music?”
Reaction to the gay rumors:
"That sh-t ate me alive...[I was] like where did that come from? Who are these people that have gone to such heights to try to make people believe this? They went all out with that story.”
"Your body deteriorates. So why would you base your love on something that deteriorates? Your soul is eternal, that never dies; so once you’ve connected with somebody at the soul, the hell with what your body is doing, that’s not what love is about.”
On being a dad:
"People talk about how hard being a dad is, and ‘aw, your life ain’t yours any more’...My response to that is, why is that such a bad thing? When did it become a bad thing to live for something, to give purpose to your life? If nothing else, becoming a parent gives you a purpose. That’s a beautiful damn thing.”
On getting recognition:
"I’ve been in the game eight years now, I’d say the first five or six years I spent quietly very bitter...I’m looking at cats that I feel— and no disrespect— but that I’m doing better than or at least as well as, and they are getting more recognition.”
The quotes may come off a bit cold to some, but we 100% see exactly where he's coming from. Dude makes a whole lot of sense.