A screenshot of Sammie from his video for the single "Round 2." If you don't want to read this exhaustively long post, you can see the music video and at the bottom.
At the risk of angering a person who may lash at me because they have Google alerts set up to their name or search for mentions of themselves on Twitter (it’s actually happened before!), I have to write this .
Last night, a tweep (that’s Twitter friend, for those of you who were confused) of mine sent an complimentary message to someone named Prince Sammie. My first thought was maybe he was someone I went to school with, but then I realized he was a singer, so I clicked on his website and I hit the motherload.
The first thing that popped up on the website was a raunchy music video for a song called Round 2. I spent the whole time laughing at the video. It’s a slightly pornographic version of Trey Songz’s video for I Invented Sex, but it doesn’t have the charm that comes from flirting with raunchy but staying in the realm of sexy. This was pure raunchiness. There’s actual nudity in it! Not just a little peek of a nipple or something like that. The girl in the video isn’t wearing a shirt, there are parts where she’s not wearing underwear and there are even a couple of parts were they’re in actual sexual positions with no clothes on. Uh, gross.
This video pops up on his website (NSFW), so there’s no telling how many children have had their sexual education requirements met by this video.
At this point, I still didn’t know this was Lil’ Sammie. I didn’t know this was the kid whose song I Like It was always on in my bedroom when it came out. He did have a brief return to the mainstream last year with a collaboration on Soulja Boy’s Kiss Me Thru The Phone, but I’m not much of a Soulja Boy fan, so probably only heard the song once and I don’t even think I’ve ever heard it in its entirety. If I had, I would’ve knowingly stumbled across Prince Sammie, as he is now called, a year ago.
There’s nothing really wrong with Sammie himself. His voice is better than it was in the past (and it was really good then, too). He’s definitely been working on his body, which is a must for just about every male R&B star to succeed. He also has tatoos, which ladies love. He’s the total package, in those respects. I also read a couple of reports that he’s now signed with Interscope Records and releasing new music next year.
I watched his three music videos, which were all directed by Ryan Kristoffer of Ryan Kristoffer Films. Who is Ryan Kristoffer Films, you ask? According to the website, it’s one guy (Ryan Kristoffer, I assume) who does music videos for artists on a small budget and will be making short films soon. He’s not a bad director, but obviously an amateur one. Kristoffer does do a good job with what he has, if the music videos on his site are any indication. He could have a bright future.
Back to Sammie.
His songs are horrible. They’re repetitive and there are a few silent moments with no lyrics. That’s my pet peeve with music because I think if you don’t have enough to say, then don’t write the song. He had a speech at the end of his song B Word that had me in tears laughing. The song is about a woman he loves, but she acts like a “b-word” sometimes (please tell me you’re laughing now). He’s so serious about it that it’s just ridiculous. It’s the most somber of all the videos and the most hilarious. The third song I watched the video for, Pretty Girl Anthem is just as repetitive. The video was shot at a pool party full of girls eagerly trying to be the next big video vixen. Instead of focusing on prettiness, it really focuses more on sexiness, but most men don’t know the difference. The worst part is that these bad lyrics are sung amazingly.
Did I mention all of the videos look like they were recorded at his house (or, worse, his mother’s house)?
In the spirit of fairness, at least he’s working. He’s very talented and I’m sure when his new music comes out and he can do videos with music label quality equipment and casting, it will all work out better. Right now, it’s just not helping his cause with people like me who haven’t been die-hard fans in his absence.
I don’t want to say anymore because I’m excited to see what you have to say! Please comment and tell me what you think. Am I being too harsh on the former child-singing sensation or am I being too nice?
Here are three of his videos. Just a warning, Round 2 is not safe to view at work.
Round 2 (NSFW)
Pretty Girl Anthem