Here we go with another celebrity who enjoys the taste of their on feet. On my birthday, July 6, beloved blogger and self-proclaimed “Multi Media Maven”, B Scott posted an article on his entertainment blog site lovebscott.com with quotes from a recent Sunday Times article where R&B singer, Miguel states that he “makes better music than Grammy Award Winning Frank Ocean. Full quote from Sunday Times pictures below from billboard.com:
Shortly after, Miguel seems to recant his previous statements in the news article with a fluffy Instagram comment. B Scott was so kind as to provide the quote on his site.
I call bull swanky, to borrow a phrase from R&B Diva Leela James. We have two different men here. One, a victim of hubris. The other, a welcoming humble man. First impressions are the most notable, right? Unfortunately, they are both too memorable.
Miguel went so far as to say, in the first version of himself, that he and Frank “are not friends”. Is that a statement to make himself feel better about his true feelings? Perhaps. One thing I know is that Frank Ocean was awarded a Grammy in 2013 for Best Urban Contemporary Album for that year according to grammy.com. Miguel was also in the same category. However, Miguel did not walk away empty handed. His highly adored single “Adorn” won Best R&B Song for that same year.
So, are these statements the salty remnants of that Grammy “loss”? I’d bet a few bucks on that being the case if i had the funds to spare.
Now, my question is, what is the measure of “better” music? What are the criteria that Miguel is basing this inflated statement on? What does it mean to be better? Do awards define the music? I would like to think not. Plenty of great music misses the ears of the committee that nominates as well as the committee that awards (I am honestly not sure if the two differ).
Why hold on to that loss and disrespect a fellow artist at the same time? We aren’t talking 16 bars and East Coast/West Coast beef here. This is R&B, man. Its primarily about the love. Has Joe ever felt the need to dismiss the work that Tank does just to scratch an old scab? Come on.
Being competitive isn’t the worst thing you can be but why at the sacrifice of artistic respect? Why does one have to be better than the other?
Surely you can toot your own horn without plugging up your peers. Humility is a virtue here. And that brings me to the second version of Miguel whom Instagram witnessed.
If you make a statement and truly believe it, stand by it. You can’t be too worried about being PC (that’s ‘politically correct’ for those who didn’t know). If political correctness was the goal that goal was missed completely in the actual article. So now i am wondering which guy is the real Miguel? Or maybe they both are one in the same. We all feel ourselves a little more than we should every once in a while. Riiiiight.
Frank Ocean’s debut album “Channel Orange” was musical and lyrical genius. Don’t deny that. And whether or not the Grammy Nazis recognized that would not have changed that fact. On the other hand, that is not to say that Miguel’s album was hash tag: less than.
Honestly, I have not listened to Miguel’s music in its entirety. Most of what I hear, though, is great R&B music. It’s love and sex and heartbreak. Everything that R&B has been from its dawning. Miguel gives us what the genre demands. Frank Ocean gave what the genre wasn’t expecting. From the complex musical production, to the rawness of economic truths, to sex, to love, to same sex confessions in a very honest display of musical talent and human vulnerability. Any talented musician can bring us the expected riffs, runs, and journeys. Not everyone does it as well as Miguel and I would never try to take that from him (unlike some people). But, and the but is very obtrusive and big, not every musician can bring the lyrical intricacies and musical vulnerability that Frank Ocean gave us. Does that mean his music is better? I wouldn’t think so. It just makes his music an extension of him. It makes him unique. It makes him an artist just like Miguel. Every artist has their strengths and weaknesses and various nuances for all the other facets that go into the craft and the rendering of that craft.
Basically, all I am saying is hubris isn’t attractive and it can also get you in undesirable situations, i.e. all of the above. Hubris is like kicking a fan in the face at a performance. I’m honestly not sure how they are alike. I mainly just wanted to remind us all of that epic fail of Miguel’s. Childish, I know.