Jack Freeman: Why Does Houston's Rising R&B Star Want To Kill R&B?

The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email introducingliston@gmail.com.

This Week's Future R&B Star: Jack Freeman

This Week's Subject(s): Will.i.am's irony; Lil' Wayne's unirony; R&B vs. Rap

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We've written this a time or two before, but we always thought it's curious that, despite Houston's size and rich music history, it has yet to grow itself a legitimate male R&B vocalist. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Jack Freeman.

We first saw Freeman satirically demolishing the hook from The Niceguys' "Not At All" several weeks ago. As soon as we did, we began searching him out on the Internet looking for more music. None could be found. Because, as it were, he was barely beginning his music career.

Jack Freeman, "His Place"

We eventually got in touch with Freeman, who told us about his debut album he's prepping, how he quite playing college football to pursue music and why he might end up being Houston's flagship male R&B artist. But that's not what you're going to read about here.

The Niceguys Feat. Jack Freeman "Not At All" from Evesborough Films on Vimeo

Ask A Future R&B Star: Usually we'll pick one subject topic from the rap/music world to discuss here, but there has been a bunch going on. So what we're going to do is give you a headline, and you tell us if it's legitimate or stinky crap news. It's easy to figure out. You'll get the hang of it, we're certain. Here we go:

You heard about the new Michael Jackson album his brothers are putting out, right? Will.i.am is calling it "distasteful," essentially saying that its exploitative. This seems to fly in the face of the "Let's Only Make Songs That Might Get Picked Up For Commericals" mantra that the Black Eyed Peas have adopted these past few years. So, is Will.i.am right, or is he is a hypocrite with weird hair?

Jack Freeman: I think it's a little of both, actually. On one end, sometimes you can't tell the motive behind one's actions. However, the are his brothers and Will.i.am, well, he's not. So in that aspect I feel he's wrong for kind of butting into "family business."

The real question is, would we be having this discussion if the re-release of the Thriller album, which he produced remixes on, came out after MJ's death? Hmmm. To answer the other part of the question, yes, Will has terrible hair. He needs to work on that.

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