Funny enough, this Morning Monologue begins last night. Right before I went to sleep, I flicked on the TV to see what was on and caught the end of Terrence Howard performing on Late Show with David Letterman. Of course the accomplished actor was not actually acting but singing. I believe it’s common knowledge by now that the talented Mr. Howard (who briefly studied chemical engineering at Pratt Institute) has added another entry to his resume by dropping an album, Shine Through It. Before drifting off to sleep, I thought to myself, uh, interesting, but he’s no Jamie Foxx.
SEE PERFORMANCE FOR YOURSELF HERE:
This morning I woke up and did a little research on Terence’s musical career and discovered that his album actually came out on September 2. I didn’t even know that, and apparently only 20,000 people knew or cared to know it was in stores thus far. Honestly, I’m not surprised, based on the above performance I feel like Terrence is just an okay singer and he takes himself way too seriously. When I see him behind the mic (pause) I feel like he’s playing another character, well, he plays the same character, and that character is usually a douche bag. Watching a douche bag on screen is one thing, but buying an album so you can listen to a douche bag is a whole other thing. I say none of this as a knock to Terrence’s skills, because I enjoy him as an actor and maybe some folks like his brand of music (20,000 at least), but he gives off a weird vibe sometimes that I just can’t rock with.
That’s in sharp contrast from someone like Jamie Foxx, who also made the transition from actor to singer (Technically, he sang before, but he didn’t blow in that field until after he made his mark in Hollywood). Jamie is someone that people like, he has personality (a good one) and connects with audience on screen and on stage. Yeah, folks balked at him initially (1994’s Peep This sold 152,000) but the man turned around and cranked out some hits in 2005 with his double platinum sophomore album, Unpredictable. The same thing happened to Eddie Murphy, who released a panned musical body of work in the mid 80s only to get an Oscar nomination for his contribution to the 2006 musical, Dream Girls. Perhaps Terrence will brick now only to explode as a singer years later. Sorry, I doubt it.
But you know who might actually have a chance? Good ol’ Wayne Brady. His album, A Long Time Coming, actually came out this week (didn’t know that either). While he’s often gotten flack in the African-American community for being a little Uncle Tom-ish, I still think dude is talented and the singing he’s done in comedy bits has been pretty good. Now I haven’t heard a single for the album or seen a video, but mainstream America loves this dude so he might find some success. If not, will Wayne Brady have to choke a bitch? LOL. Damn, I miss Dave Chappelle.
What do y’all think about Terrence, Jamie and Wayne as singers? Who’s better? Who between Wayne and Terrence do you think has a better shot at success?
Speak ya piece…