Like most, we are very skeptical about reality talent shows and the actual “talent” they produce. Sure, the first few seasons of American Idol produced several hits and artists who have the potential to be around for quite a while. However, since then, there have been a slew of copy cat shows and other music reality formats introduced. One show, the X factor, seemed to be an exact copy of AI, but with less vocal talent. That is, until now. Read more of this post
If you are like us, then you were astounded at this young man, Brian Bradley from Brooklyn (home of soulhead.com), who absolutely floored the audience in Newark’s Prudential Center during the televised auditions on TV’s X-Factor. Prior to the taped performance, we get to meet Brian and hear of his desire to be bigger than Jay-Z and Kanye West, who recently released their duet album “Watch the Throne.” He could very well be on his way.
His performance began with an incredibly believable acting job where Brian seems genuinely angry at Simon, who seemed stunned, along with his co-hosts L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and the aforementioned Mr. Cowell. He ingeniously fused this stagecraft as the intro to his super cool “Stop Looking at My Mom”, a hip hop ode to his mother, who was in tears backstage with Brian’s step dad.
Brian proceeded to rip through this uncharacteristic performance of an original song and a rap song, both of which are typically precursors to the fat lady singing. However, with an old school boom bap production, solid lyrics, clear enunciation and a very strong hook, Brian had the crowd on its feet singing his refrain with him by the end. With so much of hip hop shrouded in materialism, it was really refreshing to hear such real talent with no curse words or negativity. It’s just a song about a son looking out for his mom. How sweet, pure, and in this case funky!