– Kirk Franklin (I’m not that scrawny, am I?)
– Nas (I’m flattered to be compared to one of the greats, but his face is too chubby)
– and especially Chris Rock and his 23,408 teeth.
And I don’t think I look like Jesse Powell, either.
Come on, y’all remember Jesse, R&B heartthrob from the mid 90s. Sort of like Tevin Campbell, but not as creepy.
*He even had a couple of sisters who sang. You get extra credit if you can recall them.
His self-titled debut was released back in 1996. The most notable song from that album was that joint “Gloria,” which honestly, I had totally forgotten about until recently.
He really made a name for himself with his second album, ‘Bout It. That’s when he released “You”, which had the ladies swoonin’. All the dudes were singing that at talent shows across the country. Even a hater like myself recognized that it was a hit. What’s funny is that the wife pointed out that “You” was also on Jesse’s ill-fated debut. Since she was the only person on Earth who bought his first album, no one noticed.
I actually liked the title track “Bout It, Bout It” more than “You.” Remember when it was cool to say “bout it?” Ugh.
Jesse’s third album, creatively titled JP, featured “Something In the Past.” For some reason, no one remembers that song, even though they played it on BET’s Midnight Love every single night in late 2001. Poor Midnight Love – things got so bad near the end of their run that they were reduced to playing Kanye’s videos. Seriously, they were playing 50 Cent regularly since no one was releasing R&B any more. 21 Questions was a long way from watching a nude D’Angelo wailing at the top of his lungs.
And finally, Jesse, marketing genius, released Jesse in ’03. At least that’s what Wikipedia says – I have no memory of that album. I’m sure you don’t either.
Should he come back? Eh, I don’t think the world is missing him. I’m not sure he even wants to come back – it takes hours to keep that S-curl nicely moistened, you know.
The dude was talented though, and we certainly need more people talent. I bet I know what his comeback album would be named – My Name Is Jesse Powell
*Those Powell sisters were named Trina & Tamara. They had a silly little club song in ’99 called “What’d Come Here For?” You get the gold star if you remembered that.