Robin Thicke Blurred Lines | The Case of Dysfunctional Music Bandits.
(ThyBlackMan.com) Honestly, I’ve haven’t had the chance to listen to Robin Thicke’s summer jam until I was commissioned for this article. So this should let you know where he’s at in my musical radar. Is his music important when you start thinking about R&B culture or is he just a one track wonder? This is a question that I pose to you the reader, since he is the greatest thing since slice bread. You know he’s trending over a 100 million Likes via YouTube with his latest (alleged beats stolen) hit “Blurred Lines,” Ft.T.I. and Pharrell.
As I started to conduct research on this absurd lawsuit and to listen to the track “Blurred Lines,” the music didn’t move me or shake me once it came one. This is another reason why you should not take this generation of music seriously – they are not that good nor or they creative in any capacity. The statement that Robin Thicke wants to make clear in court: His track and Marvin Gaye’s track, “Got to Give It Up,” don’t sound alike and doesn’t stand for the same thing with regard to the lyrics.
The question that I have is did Robin Thicke and Pharrell sit and think about beat together or was it given to the artist to sample for a studio session?
According to NPR, the complaint filed in court by Robin Thicke suggests, “The basis of the Gaye defendants’ claims is that “Blurred Lines” and “Got To Give It Up” “feel” or “sound” the same. Being reminiscent of a “sound” is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing “Blurred Lines” was to evoke an era. In reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work …”
I beg to differ on this one. The song sounds exactly the same – granted the lyrics are different (Robin I knew you weren’t that gifted anyway).
My next question is why can’t singers create their own beats? Why do you have to sample so much from the past – if you are supposed to be innovative and have some of the best producers on your team? I mean really? What really pushed me to another bar with this fiasco is that Robin Thicke & Company really wants to sue to Marvin Gaye’s family – not for money – but to make sure his song is recognized?.?
For one, Robin Thicke will never be Marvin Gaye. He can only sing one hookah if you catch my drift and the falsetto is way out of style today. Once I heard “Blurred Lines,” it sounded like somebody else was actually singing the actual song in the background. I get it though…
Gone are the days of contacting a person by telephone and asking if it is cool to use a beat that someone else made. Gone are the days of respecting the graves of folk families. Gone are the days of respect for our elders and those that came before us.
I guess Robin Thicke did get one thing right – the title of the song fits his persona with an extra touch: Blurred Lines, Blurred Vision, Blurred F**ked Up Decisions.
That is all folks.
Staff Writer; kYmberly Keeton
Writer @ Large The Cultural Weekly