2.03.2011

Blasian Idol?

...Cause I'm all about him, him, him, him, him
And he's all about me, me, me, me, me
And we don't give a dang, dang, dang, dang, dang
About nobody-e-e-e

And I swear what we have is just super cool
The way he's always in my head like a Bluetooth
I got a text from him, he said come through
Told me that he wants to kick it, Kung Fu
Don't do nothing much at all
Just we and his boys watching football
He asked for a kiss (Muah) So I gave him two
He said, "Well, thank you, baby," I said, "You're welcome, boo"
~ from "All About Him"
Okay, we've briefly chatted about singer Auburn in the past (she had a Blasian Alert or some such), and the more I thought about her, the more I found myself asking again and again, "What exactly is she trying to say?"

Here on the Narrative we often reference Rain's "pattern" or Se7en's "pattern", but now I find myself interested in Auburn's "pattern."

Auburn has one official music video, one collaborative video, and one lyrics video (all of which are accessible from her Blasian Alert post).  In the music video and the lyrics video, her love interest is an Asian guy.  In her collaborative video, she's battin' them eyes at Korean-American singer/songwriter David Choi while the two mesh their singles about loving/being loved by someone too much.

Mm-hm.

Truth be told, Auburn's pattern fascinates me to no end because young black women don't have a lot of idols quite like Auburn.  Her music might not be my cup of tea, but she's covered up, she's not skanky, and oh yeah...her video "love interest" for three videos straight have all been Asian men.  And not the same one, no, no...she gets a new one each time.

Naturally, that leads to "questions."  Is Auburn a deliberate Blasian pop idol?  I mean, we're talking three in a row and she ain't changed a damn thing except for the tempo.

Notice how the guys aren't abnormally buff or "manscaped" as my gay boyfriends would say.  They're just the cute boys next door doing cute-boy-next-door-type things.  Some might find it sappy, but quite frankly, I'm grateful.  I don't have any daughters, but if I did, I'd want them all to be fans of Auburn.

17 comments:

  1. She's alright and she has her own "pattern" going on. If it was just once, you could pass it off as a fluke. However, that's not what's going on. I haven't figured out yet whether this is a deliberate mktng ploy or personal choice.

    I find her videos to be age appropriate, which is rare nowadays. Everybody wants to be grown before their time. Her music doesn't interest me, but her image is a breath of fresh air.

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  2. I wish her the best of luck. I enjoy her music, its a much better alternative to the euro-club mix everyone seems to ooze from their pores now-a-days.

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  3. I find her videos to be age appropriate, which is rare nowadays. Everybody wants to be grown before their time. Her music doesn't interest me, but her image is a breath of fresh air.

    My inner gay man likes "La La La" but other than that her music does nothing for Moi either. Which is a shame, because it would be nice to have a Black chanteuse who always put Asian men in her vids.

    I haven't figured out yet whether this is a deliberate mktng ploy or personal choice.

    The guys look too normal for it to be a marketing ploy. And David Choi is for real where music concerned.

    If she kept teaming up with overly primped and polished boy band members from, say, Korea, then I'd think it was a ploy, you know? Like trying to get attention here while getting her name out over there.

    Which, if you think about it, isn't a bad idea.

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  4. I couldn't get past the lyrics at first, when I first heard those lyrics, I was like: "wow another codependent female." Sorry it relates to this real life situation with a girl that I "sort of" know.

    But as far as I can tell, hmmmmmm.....interesting. Too bad though, female singers like this tend to...get swallowed up by the industry. If they don't change their image completely (tiarria Marie) the labels usually have no clue whatsoever to do with them or how to market them(Tami Chynn UGH! that one really pissed me off)

    Remember Amerie? She was kind of like this,for an older demographic, and I think she actually is Blasian(black and korean), she did perform on KBS and few other Korean music shows at the height of her fame. I hope she does a comeback because she really did have talent and good songs.


    http://www.asianpopcorn.com/default.asp?display=BEAST_poses_with_Amerie_backstage-64120

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  5. I remember Amerie....and her drastic nose job. Smh.

    I'm not gonna lie, I fell in love with Auburn once I watched "My Kicks." It cracked me up. I find her love songs endearing (Lord knows I don't like cheesy love songs) for some reason. She also looks how I wish I did, which is basically like me but...better lol. Love this girl <3

    And happy black history month everyone!

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  6. Auburn's lyrics remind me of the cute tween/teen pop songs you'd hear on Radio Disney before it turned completely techno. Now, she may not have the best singing skills, but I love the idea of Auburn being convered up in her videos. And maybe it's better that the guys in her videos are those boys-next-door Asian guys. That might be sending a message of "He doesn't have to be a superstar who's halfway across the world. He could be the boy sitting next to you in class who says hi to you everyday." Just a theory...

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  7. @ Moonwalker

    Exactly. She's very wholesome, and she sends a very healthy message. Find a nice, normal boy who treats you decently.

    Too bad they didn't kiss at the end of the video. They were awfully chummy. *shakes head* Talk about a pattern....

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  8. Yeah what's up with the no kissing? It seems to disproportionately affect black female entertainers.Even in that Cupid's Choke hold video Travis kissed like three girls, each a different race.

    @ Girl
    I did not know she had a nose job. But the industry is a beast to these women.

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  9. I remember looking up to Auburn when I was around 17-19. She was the perfect representation of what I wanted to look like (cute black girl with a style that i labelled "Asian street style"). At that time, none of her blasian videos was out yet.
    Now that I think about it, everything falls into place. I guess she has been into Asian culture for a long time and got the opportunity to show it in her music videos.

    Youtube comments say that the guy featured in the "All about him" video is her real boyfriend. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the case!

    To be honest, now that I watch her videos again, I still look up to her, and I'm really happy that she advocates blasian relationships. & she still looks really cute (especially in the mash-up... David Choi seems to agree with me!), although I'm not so fond of the heavy make-up and weave in La la la. Not a big fan of her new cut either, looks a little too much like Nicki Minaj and that erases her sweet side.

    She's got that K-pop factor: even though her music is not what I would usually listen to, I inexplicably still like her a lot.

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  10. lthough I'm not so fond of the heavy make-up and weave in La la la

    Oooooooh, thank you, boo-boo; I did NOT want to be the first to bring up that ish.


    Youtube comments say that the guy featured in the "All about him" video is her real boyfriend. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the case!


    Nor would I; they were chum-my. Also, I think the song may be about him and some of the ish they might have dealt with.

    even though her music is not what I would usually listen to, I inexplicably still like her a lot.

    *nods* My inner gay man concurs.

    she still looks really cute...David Choi seems to agree with me!

    You think so? I wondered...I mean, he can't like her singing that much so it had to be something else....

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  11. I think her videos are cute I don't like her singing style too much but her videos remind me of the fun times I had in highschool and college.I'd rather my little sis watch this than half naked women shaking their butts in music videos as if that is all we are good for.

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  12. I'd rather my little sis watch this than half naked women shaking their butts in videos as if that is all we are good for.

    Exatly. That got old back in the 90s. Hopefully, we'll see more Auburns in the years to come.

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  13. @Student of the World

    I wouldn't care AS much if it was a Beyonce nose-job (just barely noticeable). But Amerie completely re-did her nose. It's more than just an insecure woman thing. It's an insecure woman of color thing. Disappointing.

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  14. @Ankh

    You're welcome, her weave is so shiny it bothered me while watching the music video... I had to bring it up(sorry, my bitchy mode is on)

    Hopefully she'll give shy Asian men ideas when they'll watch her music videos. You'll see a lot of dudes bump into girls & try to use "Wanna grab lunch?" as a pick-up line =p

    Let's be real, I think Auburn has managed to get to where she is because of her looks. She's a cutie, and the way she carries herself (using her cute side rather than parading half naked) is definitely a man-pleaser. David Choi is no exception. I mean, I think any man in his right mind may drool all over his keyboard watching Beyoncé, but would rather have a date with a girl like Auburn, who seems down to earth & fun to be around.
    Guess that's why I like her, despite the shiny weave!

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  15. Hi, Ankhesson. I love your posts but I'm surprised you haven't mentioned Crystal Kay in any of your posts. Crystal Kay is a blasian Jpop singer who is for singing one of the theme songs for the hit anime Inuyasha. She's been singing since she was 13. I highly recommend her. Her videos frequently have Asian love interests. For example her song, After Love ~ First Boyfriend. Sorry for the long post but I just dont want blasian talent to go unnoticed.

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  16. @ Brittney

    Thanks for stopping by!!! Truthfully, I didn't know about Crystal Kay. But considering her life and location, I think it makes sense all her music vid love interests would be Asian.

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