“R.E.D” singer Ne-Yo is on the cover of Upscale Magazine’s September/October 2012 issue. And he’s speaking out about being hungry for fame, gay rumors, being a good parent to his kids and the state of hip hop with the mag.
“I’ve never been the “hey everybody, look at me!” dude and I’m not gonna start…If my music doesn’t do it for you, if it doesn’t get your attention, there’s 100 dudes out there that will do anything and everything so that you’ll look at them. I’m not that dude.”
On his thoughts about the state of hip-hop:
“When did it become not about the music and about how quick you could take your shirt off or how many times you’ve been arrested in a year, or who you f-ckin? When did that become more important than the quality of the music?”
His thoughts about being called gay:
“That sh-t ate me alive…[I was] like where did that come from? Who are these people that have gone to such heights to try to make people believe this? They went all out with that story.”
On being a great parent and what is love to him:
“People talk about how hard being a dad is, and ‘aw, your life ain’t yours any more’…My response to that is, why is that such a bad thing? When did it become a bad thing to live for something, to give purpose to your life? If nothing else, becoming a parent gives you a purpose. That’s a beautiful damn thing.”
“Your body deteriorates. So why would you base your love on something that deteriorates? Your soul is eternal, that never dies; so once you’ve connected with somebody at the soul, the hell with what your body is doing, that’s not what love is about.”
Um okay………. also, the singer is currently promoting his fifth studio album called R.E.D., which drops this October.