28 August, 2009

True Rebel

Since the release of Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad, many fans have compared Ms. Fenty's style to that of rocker Fefe Dobson. From the asymmetrical haircuts, same record label, and even matching tattoos {I can understand matching haircuts, but the same tattoos??!! As my bff in my head Fresh would say "something in the milk ain't clean"}, it's been hard for Fefe to rise above these continuous comparisons.

Now with an album on the way, Joy, Fefe is out to dish about where she has been these past three years, her issues with the music biz, and pf course those pesky Rihanna comparisons. Here are a few excerpts from her new interview with my {beloved} HoneyMag.com

Her musical influences:

I am so influenced by different types of artists that I don’t really know exactly what genre I’d be put in. There’s guitar so you know that’s rock and the melodies are pop because it’s repetitive. But it’s just music to me.

Her early qualms about the industry:

It was Zomba Records, which is affiliated with Jive. They offered me a development deal when I was 15 but they wanted me to be the next ‘Brandy Spears’ as they called it. Black so she’s 'Brandy,' 'Spears' because she’s Pop. I was like ‘no’. It was a great opportunity they were going to offer me money and my family had no money. So to me, a 15-year-old being able to help support my family — it was hard to turn it down, but I knew my career would have been over before it started.

The Rihanna comments:

I mean, for sure I question that, but who wouldn’t. She is supposedly a fan of mine. I try to take it as a compliment. It gets a little much when she starts getting the same tattoos as me but overall I just want people to separate the image and listen to the music. It’s about the music. Its like Prince and Michael Jackson, totally different artists. Or its like Kanye West and Jay-Z. So what? They are both black men, they sound different. So they both wear jeans, they are different. And why would you want the same type of artist?

Here is the video for her first single off her new album:

A clip of Fefe as Tina Turner one the TV show, American Dreams:

Sources: honeymag.com, www.societyandstyle.com


Chi-Chi said...

I've been a fan of Fefe since her "Take Me Away" days. I can easily see why the media and fans spot the similarities between Fefe and Rihanna's style.

Fefe handled it with class!

Val said...

I think so too Chi-chi!