Jeff Bhasker has worked with a slew of talented artists, penning and producing songs for Drake’s Thank Me Later, Alicia Keys’ The Element of Freedom, Jay-z’s Blueprint III, and Kanye’s 808s and Heartbreaks and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With legit hits under his belt, it should be no surprise that his discerning ear also has some strong opinions. But sometimes, opinions are like a-holes, are they not?
Yesterday, when the producer who most recently worked on Beyoncé’s 4 album (“I Care,” “Party,” and “Rather Die Young”) took to Twitter tocriticize former Destiny’s Child vocalist Kelly Rowland’s current hit “Motivation,” you could almost hear the record player come to a screeching stop. Confused as to why a song “with the weakest beat and melody of all time” could catapult Kelly to #1 on the Urban chart, Bhasker wound up justifying the feat by crediting at the song’s featured verse from rapper Lil Wayne.
As if that weren’t harsh enough, Bhasker followed up with this zinger!
Considering her vocal chops and the song’s tangible sex appeal, that two-tweet critique is certainly a bit harsh, especially after the singer delivered a flawless performanceon the BET Awards stage last month. And besides, it’s no secret that less is often more for mainstream listeners, a reality that is perhaps too much to accept for his somewhat elitest taste.
What’s so interesting about this incident is thatmany could argue that us Americans are actually late to the party with rewarding Rowland’s solo talents. While 2002’s “Dilemma” was #1 here andin multiple countries across the world, Kelly’s starin the Statesfaded a bit over the past few years, as she played second fiddle to Beyoncé’s music industry chokehold. Overseas, however,Kelly’s career as a solo artist continues to flourish, and songs like “Commander,” and David Guetta-collaboration “When Loves Takes Over” puts her among the ranks of international A-list superstars. It goes without saying that we hope Bhaskergate doesn’t cause a rift between Beyoncé and Kelly, and since he lamelyattributes the song’s success to Wayne,we might even liketo see a very warranted apology!