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Life in a Shanty Town

August 24 · Issue #70 · View online
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It was cool enough when Ricky Bell, Michael Bivens and Ronnie DeVoe formed Bell Biv DeVoe, but imagine if Bobby Brown joined Bell Biv DeVoe.
You’re beginning to see the magic of Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike—or RBRM for short.
RBRM was on the Breakfast Club this week to explain why in the world they’re going out on tour without Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill, and to address a number of ancient controversies involving Bobby Brown.
It’s the second Breakfast Club interview that’s interested me since Charlamagne Tha God’s career was almost destroyed by a raep accusation from 2001 (an “old crime”), which is not so impressive given that they publish three or four interviews per day, seemingly with random people they pull in from off the street.
They’re gonna have to step their game up if they’re gonna compete with Joe Budden, who recently signed what I’m sure was a lucrative deal to bring his popular, eponymous podcast to Spotify. In a splashy New York Times profile he’s described as the Howard Stern of Hip-Hop.
That had to have upset Charlamagne, who himself was described as the Howard Stern of Hip-Hop years ago, around the time of his legendary interview with Kanye, in an article in Rolling Stone.
The pre-order for Charlamagne’s book Shook One was the top-selling book on all of Amazon the other day, so I’m sure he does well, but it does kinda seem like the bloom is off of that rose, like his career may have plateaued with the Breakfast Club. His forthcoming HBO interview series doesn’t sound all that interesting.
But I digress.
Bobby Brown is at a point in his life now where he can plausibly claim to have not heard, say, the line in some Jay-Z song about how in order to be Bobby Brown then you have to be Bobby Brown now (I hadn’t heard this either, admittedly), both because he’s older than dirt and because he’s probably whacked out on drugs more often than not.
It’s quite possible that Bobby Brown honestly doesn’t have any recollection of the time he had to check Usher. If you can remember every single fistfight you’ve ever been in, you’re not a real drinker. He’s aware of the famous video of a baggie of coke falling from his pocket on stage, but he says it was really just his watch. But of course he’s gonna say that. Admitting to having coke in your pocket, on the radio, could be used against you in a court of law. You see what happened to Alex Jones.
He couldn’t deny having banged Janet Jackson and kicked her out of his hotel room naked, because he “wrote” about it in his book (my review), but he wouldn’t reveal whether or not this scene is included in a forthcoming Bobby Brown biopic, which could be the best movie of all time, of ALL TIME. He claims he hasn’t seen it yet, even though filming is complete. He also claims to have never seen the cover of Pusha T’s Daytona.
Similarly, the group is reticent to explain their beef with Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill. Ralph Tresvant has a radio show or something, but it sounds like there might be bad blood between him and Bobby Brown. But they don’t want to say anything to piss him off, because they make more money touring as New Edition than as RBRM.
Consulting the Google, I see that the RBRM tour hits the STL in a couple of weeks. I couldn’t go if I wanted to, because I’ve been laid off from the warehouse, as if I were the mentally ill guy playing basketball in the movie Roger & Me, and I don’t have anything else lined up. My last day is the 31st. If I don’t find something else soon, I could be fucked. So I can definitely relate to RBRM not wanting to fuck their money up on some ol’ bullshit.
Take it easy on yourself,

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