From Minneapolis, MN not only will I say that RL, member of the group “Next”, is the first black person that I’ve met from there but also is one of the first artist that I ever spoke to or came across that made you feel that he’s been knowing you his whole life.” I’m the type of person that if you have done something good no matter what type of situation that I’m in, I’m happy for you”. He has such a wonderful spirit and personality and it always seems to show through his music.
“I’ve always been known for anthems. Music that makes you feel good, makes you forget about your issues, or it makes you want to have sex. It makes you want to fall in love. I think love is the most powerful thing. I don’t think anybody wants to be constantly reminded of pain. They do say misery loves company so a lot of times, these artist are miserable making their miserable music and it’s selling then all of the sudden when they’re happy then you not feeling them anymore because people that are miserable don’t want to hear you be happy’’. As a competitor in the music industry we talked about the mistakes he’d made. “A mistake I’ve made in the music industry is not branding myself. I used to look at artist like Neyo and I envy him, only because I feel like I was the singer songwriter of my generation. I didn’t want to out shine my group members and I didn’t want people to know that I was writing all these records for other people. Some people don’t even realize until they come to my show some of the other songs that I have written for other people. So I didn’t brand myself because I was more concerned about being one third of a singing group than being one artist, singer, songwriter.”
After going through and overcoming thoughts of suicide and pointless beefs with other male group members, RL understands how important it is to be a good role model and positive influence in his seventeen years old son. [blockquote]I want my son to be able to come to me out of respect and not fear. I want him to respect me so that when I tell him something he knows it’s out of love[/blockquote]
As part owner of Atlanta’s hot spot “Bar One” also owned by Peter Thomas from Real Housewives of Atlanta, RL still performs and do shows while still writing for other artist. I just had to ask what kind of hair style did he like to see women rock and he responded “ I love natural hair. And for the women that be going to these bedroom hairstylist, my thing is get it done and get it done right”. Something he definitely knows something about being that his mother did hair and owned a hair salon.
You can go to his site justrl.com where he blogs about relationships as well as other topics and check out his new song titled “ Boo’d up”. You can find him on twitter and instagram @justrl. I had such a wonderful time interviewing him especially because he left me with some encouraging words. “I just want to really and to be honest just thank you for the opportunity, you know a lot of times artist be rushing off the phone. I’m at home and I just really appreciate you letting me use your forum to talk about my music. You could be talking to anybody right now but you choose me. And I just want to tell you thank you and keep doing what you’re doing”. I think this is my favorite interview thus far. Keep doing your thing brother, I salute you.