1. "it was strange wasn't it? how did neither one of them blow up solo?" In response to Reply # 0 Mon Apr-02-12 09:18 PM by MISTA MONOTONE
both of them had BANGERS for first singles, imo. maybe their material just wasn't strong enough. i kinda think that Jordan must have pissed the wrong person off. you would assume they'd keep trying until they got the desired results. (they = his record label)
2. "Ralph's voice gets annoying after a while. It worked good in a group" In response to Reply # 0
but it was TOO soft and he couldn't pull off those high energy songs that were poppin back then. BBD weren't nearly as good as singers as he was, but their voice, style, and image was just poppin at the time. Ralph was like 3-4 years early...he could have gone good on some 93-94 Babyface Tevin Campbell type shit.
6. "Jordan Knight Came Out The Wrong Time" In response to Reply # 4
He was out when it was a saturation of r&b/pop artists that were trying to latch on to any style of music that would fit, in 2000/2001 was a transitional period for r&b music since you could do the Backstreet Boys thing, the Usher stance, the Maxwell sound, or the R.Kelly sound, and 75% of the time it was already 10 other artists doing the same thing in each catagory so it was how strong could you ride their coat tails to get some shine.
11. "Ralph's GQ player/loverboy image was dated after the 1st LP" In response to Reply # 0
Dude was able to rock the 80's R&B style at first but when the more youthful risque stuff started popping he was lost. For him to veer in that more risque direction on the 2nd album looked ridiculous. _________________________________________ The Combat Jack Show is THE best hip-hop related internet radio show Catch up http://pncradio.tumblr.com/
21. "B/c he waited too long" In response to Reply # 14
N'Sync broke up like 2002 (And even then, the boyband thing peaked in 2000) and Timberlake took off right away, trying to shed any of his boyband past. Unfortunately JC didn't shed in time and was just seen as old news by the time his debut came out. Combine that with the lack of high-profile collabs on the album (It's definitely what helped Justin's album) and you don't have much of a chance in the music world (I think the Janet/Justin Superbowl incident that happened around the same time effected his promotion too). The album probably did better in Europe but American companies don't consider that success anymore (IE/ Kelis)
19. "I stan for NE...but Ralph didn't have "it"" In response to Reply # 0
He can't write songs, and I think he's just a bit strange or ultra eclectic.
Songs that were obviously written by Ralph, or had a lot of Ralph's influence on them plagued his 2nd album, there wasn't much outside production or influence save for maybe one Jam and Lewis record, I can't recall off the top.
Whether it was his persona or him trying to build off of BBD's success with songs like "Sex-O", "Sex Maniac" it just didn't work. Maybe he wasn't comfortable being the "smooth" guy.
I think the "freaky" songs on those records are just who he is, because on his 3rd LP he had a record called "Magic Underwear." That isn't the guy people thought, or wanted him to be.