Whitney, The ‘King’ of R&B Is Dead!

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Here are some notes about Bobby Brown’s performance on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage cruise:

The’King’ is ‘dead’

There were plenty of empty seats. Most cruisers seemed to attend out of curiosity, not because they wanted to jam to “My Prerogative.” Bobby had the same three energetic female backups and a young energetic band, all 20-somethings in age. His Sunday night performance was shocking to some, but the Monday night performance was more painful to watch.

Why? Bobby put forth effort, but he just didn’t have anything in the gas tank, so to speak. He couldn’t move and he couldn’t sing. So he played all the live performance tricks: his mike was turned down; he let backups and the band have solos while he went offstage to catch his breath; he prompted the audience to sing along. His set was only 30 minutes long, and people were getting out in a hurry again from the first song. Bobby tried to blame his performance on an undisclosed medical condition, saying, “My doctors said I shouldn’t come, but I didn’t want to disappoint people.” (Too late for that.)

As a late-show surprise, former New Edition member Johnny Gill came in to sing a duet. Bobby tried to hit a high note he couldn’t hold, so Gill sang the note, for which Bobby sincerely thanked him. Gill then admonished the crowd for “kicking a man when he’s down.” (Gill himself performed during the late-night slot on Day 3). Lisa pitied Bobby because he had been the butt of jokes for the last 24 hours. Still, he got undeserved love from hardcore fans on the floor, bless their hearts, who encouraged him during his entire set.

He knows the deal

So I watched the Bobby Brown train wreck for two nights. I’m unsympathetic. Bobby Brown has been a professional performer for three decades. He knows the deal. If he knew he couldn’t perform, he should have been watching from the seats like the rest of us. Will Bobby learn a lesson from this? If he had apologized to the crowd and said, “Thelast two days are not up to my standards; I’ll be back next year, in shape and better than ever,” I would have thought so.

But no such luck. His show was scheduled to end at 3:30 a.m. By 2:35 a.m., the venue was completely empty, except for the waiters.

Let’s party

I’m noticing that the real “kings” of this cruise are the DJs: Biz Markie, Cut Creator, Steve “Silk” Hurley, Mix Master Mitch, Spinderella, and Doug E. Fresh, one of my favorites. That’s because the Joyner folks made some changes.

LOL, now that is comedy. When people would rather lose money in the ship’s casino or hang out at the cheesy @ss nightclub instead of listening to you sing, you know your career’s over. LOL


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  • Whut??

    I want to feel sorry for him but……

  • charlieblanko

    this story is comedy

  • Rocky

    who cares

  • Proud ArmyWifee

    Thats messed up that she all of a sudden hate him…


  • phineinphilly
  • Mrs. RL (of Next)

    I’m still mad at Whitney for that statement. She knows she’s wrong.

  • Bulldozer

    Excellent Writing…. So da– funny!

  • Rrrrroe Ski Love-

    Bobbie Brown says Don’t be Cruel cause I would never be that cruel to you.

  • Brown Like Viola Davis


  • ShavonDenise

    Sad. We shouldnt bask in someone else’s calamity! I some people feel better to see people struggling. But B. Brown did it to himself I guess.

  • me (the original)®

    LMAO at Doodoo Brown.

    Go crawl back whatever rock you came from under and stay there. Take that gremlin looking daughter “Bobbi” with you.


  • tp

    this has to be from last year, this years cruise hasn’t even left yet……. may 17 – 23, 2009

  • 2dimplzs

    Sad. Just sad. He needs to clean himself up, get on a diet, stop smoking cigs and weed and crack, take some singing lessons and get back on his A game! He should know better and I don’t know what Tom Joyner was thinking about inviting him to be on this cruise!!

  • Avatar

    Since when is a crack habit considered a ‘medical condition’?

  • MaRRied_MoMMY2B *It's A Girl*

    LMAO, damn I was gonna try to make it to see his show coming to Houston the 23rd. Him and Johnny Gill…. *humph* Nevermind!!!!

  • l thomas

    Is he serious? He actually thought he could perform with all those years of smoking and drug abuse? Negro, please!

  • me (the original)®

    This may make me a horrible person but AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Bobby Brown’s tears satiate me. I HATE HIM.

  • opa-locka 305

    why everytime crack comes up, bobby name is the first in da hat, damn let him live his life, he still rock on stage…..haterz

  • zappy

    I for one like Bobby Brown. My sister (yes, that same sister) thinks I am nuts but I always took Bobby’s side over Whitney’s.

    His reality show confirmed what I had always thought. This is a good person, with a kind heart, who had some tough breaks.

    I apprecaite that Johnny Gill turned up to help him out. I really do. No more Johnny Gill jokes.

  • RealTalk

    I stans for B. Brown and I think he gets a bad rap for his drug use when plenty of other stars get society’s sympathy. Bobby has done nothing to deserve the constant condemnation and I would’ve stayed through his entire set b/c I don’t like to kick people when they are down.

    Ain’t like Bobby’s the only fallen off R&B star…

  • Seek the light beyond the shadows

    Please stop the hate on Bobby, try smoking all that crack and then have a stroke that leaves you with a droopy mouth and loose lips and see how well yall sing….
    Give the man an E for Effort. I want to go on that cruise sounds like pure comedy, going straight to YouTube to see if I can catch a glimpse.

  • leave-it-be

    ……………. that’s what “inhaling the pipe does to your pipes 🙂

  • Wendy

    LMAO! This Article is too funny!!!
    This is so sad though because Bobby Brown use to be the man! Now its like “Bobby WHO” and “oh lawrd what did he do now Bobby”…:o(


    What makes people think that Bobby Brown would take care of his career, when he doesn’t even take care of his body. This shows one when you take things for granted sometimes you might not get it back.

  • dee

    Wow, all of the Bobby Brown hate…I don’t know why black folks won’t tell the damn truth…yall know good and well that Whitney was addicted to crack wayyyyyyy before she met Bobby Brown as a matter of fact she got him hooked on it…., some of you need to go get the history straight…

    Bobby’s a nice guy (i’ve met him a couple of times) and he knows better than anybody that he has not made the best of choices, but overall the brotha’s real…probably the realest one of New Edition, period!!

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