You would assume that someone who had huge success as an R&B star more in line with the tradition of the genre might take issue with the Europop turn many of her contemporaries have taken. However, Brandy says when it comes to the pop and dance trends of R&B, “Music is free.” Meanwhile, speaking with The Boombox, Brandy also touched her on relationship with Kim Kardashian or lack thereof, as well as her thoughts on the rumored Whitney Houston biopic.
How do you feel about the shift in R&B, as more and more of the genre’s artists put out pop, house and dance-leaning music?
I think art is art. Music is music. We put things into categories, but if it makes you feel good, then you should support it. I think it’s great to be a versatile artist. I love that. Two Eleven is true to me. There’s something for everybody on this album. Music is free, there are no rules.
You were very close with Whitney. How do you feel about the talks about a biopic about her life and the rumors about who might portray her if the film were to come into fruition?
Honestly, I think it’s a little bit too soon to do a biopic of her life. Everybody needs to chill out right now. It’s way too soon to really tell the true story, but I was very close to Whitney, and it was always my dream to play her. While she was alive in the physical, I talked to her about it all the time. “Nobody else can play you but me! I gotta do it! Can you just sign off?” I would tell her that all the time and she would just laugh and say, “Girl, I’m too young to have a movie about me yet!” So that was our little joke, but if it’s meant to be, it will happen. If not, when it does happen I feel like it’s going to be great and people are going to be inspired, and I’m going to be first in line to buy a ticket and go see it.
You’re in Tyler Perry’s new movie “The Marriage Counselor,” as is your former friend Kim Kardashian. Your friendship kind of deteriorated after she started dating your brother Ray J, so what was it like making a movie with her now?
We were friends, yes, but I didn’t work with her! It was a bummer because I was hoping to see her and rekindle our friendship, but we didn’t have any scenes together. But that wasn’t on purpose! I read the script before I was hired for the movie and I could see her character and my character didn’t have any scenes together. But I’m sure she did great, and I’ll see her at the premiere and say hi.
Check out the interview in full over at The Boombox.
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