John Legend recently revealed while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter that Black music artists addressing topics in their music such as politics and social issues also want to sing about s*x. Legend said artists simply want to expand to other topics and want to have fun with as well.
“Particularly with Black artists, people expect us to sing about what’s going on politically and socially, particularly when we see our brothers and sisters being killed by the police and when we feel the struggle that our families and communities are going through,” Legend explained. “People expect us to speak on it in our songs. And the fact is, we sometimes do. But some of the time, we want to sing about s*x. Sometimes we want to sing about feeling good.”
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Legend went on to say that in addition to s*x, Black artists would like to express their emotions on other topics as well and not be put into a certain box. Legend says they want the “human experience and emotion in the music. Sometimes we want to sing about all the other range of human emotions that we feel and we know all Black people feel. So we feel that responsibility, but we also want to be full artists, full human beings, that sing about the range of human experience and emotion.”
Last year, John Legend released his seventh studio album, “Bigger Love.” It went on to debut at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 chart. The chart was led by singles such as “Wild” feat. Gary Clark Jr., “Actions,” and “Conversations In The Dark.” Last month, Legend also won a Grammy for “Bigger Love” as it won in the category of Best R&B Album. He beat out Gregory Porter, Ant Clemons, Giveon, and Luke James.
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