Brian McKnight: X-Rated Song Was a Joke

Brian McKnight: X-Rated Song Was a Joke

Brian McKnight says explicit song was done out of boredom as he recovers from ankle injury.

Published April 25, 2012

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Brian McKnight is still doing some damage control after the X-rated song he released left many of his fans thrown for a loop. Yesterday [April 25], the classic R&B singer/songwriter/producer previewed a new track he's been working on called "If You're Ready to Learn," which features the uncharacteristically explicit chorus "Let me show you how your p---y works."

In an interview with TMZ, McKnight said the whole thing started as an in-joke among his followers on Twitter. The 16-time Grammy nominee said he used the social network to float the idea of doing an "adult mixtape" just for fun, but when he found that his followers couldn't imagine McKnight recording that kind of material, he decided to make "If You're Ready to Learn." 

"It was really just for my 40,000 followers, which is very modest for most celebrities," he said. "Those people are the ones who are with me every day and we talk about all kinds of subjects... [they] know that I have a sense of humor."

The "Back at One" singer said he's been holed up in his house recently due to an injured ankle and that he came up with the adult mixtape song as a way to entertain himself.

"It's a parody," he said. "I'm having fun because basically I have nothing else to do."

"I'm at home, I have a studio, I'm a professional songwriter since I was 18," he continued, explaining his rationale. "I can write a song about anything and here's a little fun for you."

McKnight said he had no idea his little song would get this kind of attention, but now that it has, he might follow plans to release more. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.


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Written by Reggie Ugwu


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