During a recent interview with The New York Times, the Brooklyn singer/songwriter explained why his newest album, blackSUMMERS'night, which is void of features and outside songwriting, is aimed to be different from other R&B projects coming out these days. Interestingly, he uses Chris Brown as the counter example.
“We’re trying to be rappers now,” Maxwell said in comparison to the younger singer. “I’m a big Chris Brown fan — I know all his records. But when it comes to what I write, I know that in 15 years, if I’m still alive and able to do it, I don’t want to look like an idiot singing the stuff that I wrote when I was 22. I’m lucky that most of what I’ve done holds up for a 55-year-old." He then added, “You want it to sound like you don’t really know when it came out.”
Do Breezy’s records have a time stamp on them? Also during the interview, Maxwell discussed being as famous as Justin Bieber. He says record sales don’t necessarily determine his greatness.
“I’m so happy that my success has never been like 15 or 25 million records,” he explained. “That’s everybody in the world liking you. Justin Bieber, being as famous as he is, where do you go? It’s hard to say it’s tough — the guy put himself out there, and he’s making millions of dollars — but can he just not be bothered? You’re not seen as a person.”
Read the full interview here.
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