Well, you knew it was coming after my throwback to Mariah
—I had to take it to Whitney.
For Whitney Houston
I have the same argument as Mariah—someone start repressing her again! Every since the late nineties people have said Whitney was forced to make the pop of the eighties, she wasn't allowed to be herself and she was always a hood girl at heart (a hood girl who had a mother singing backup for Aretha Franklin
and was on the cover of Seventeen Magazine
as a teen…yeah, okay). Therefore, Clive Davis repressed Whitney’s unruly savagery and made her spit out these endless pop hits, devoid of any soul.
This is a lil' bit of revisionist history. Do people really think My Love Is Your Love
or Just Whitney
is more of a "soulful" album than 1985's Whitney Houston
or 1987's Whitney
? Granted, she had horrible "Gem is truly outrageous" wigs and did ham it up in videos like "How Will I Know" or "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", but for the most part—Whitney was soul.
Yes, I know Daddy Clive allegedly toned her voice down, reportedly saying it was "too black.” However, if the real Whitney is “Whatchulookinat”, the tragic first single from 2002’s Just Whitney
then Whit needs to be toned. Furthermore, why do people associate “black” with bad grammar and hip-hop? If "You Give Good Love" was titled "Ya' Gives Good Luv" it's suddenly urban? Please...
Yes, I know Whitney received some backlash in the black community for her massive success, but to act as if she was soulless is asinine. "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", "One Moment in Time", "The Greatest Love of All", "Saving All My Love for You"—SOUL. If this is repression then someone call Massa' Clive, "We needs ya’ Massa Clive! We needs ya' to save Missy Whitney!" After hearing that horrible Akon
song, (why the hell would she do a song with Akon?), I am deeply afraid of her new album.
I won't run down Whitney's chart history... it's legendary. Check out some of her greatest old school hits.
Whitney singing her 1987 #1 hit “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”. I don’t know how exactly Clive “toned down” Whitney because she is punishing this legendary ballad.
This is my all-time favorite Whitney Houston song, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, another #1 hit in 1987. Mind you, this 1987 performance is when she was incredibly ill and still managed to annihilate every note! Clive wasn’t having any cancellations!