Robin Thicke talks to Jalen Rose about his dream collab
After my interview with Robin Thicke, I got here a to a conclusion. It appeared apparent to me that his father, the late “Rising Pains” actor, Alan Thicke, a local of Ontario, will need to have been working a boarding home for Canadian superstars who ventured south of the northern border.
Exhibit A: Wayne Gretzky. In 1988, when he was traded to the LA Kings, he was staying on the Thicke residence and was basically babysitting Robin. Think about the Nice One pouring you a bowl of Fortunate Charms within the morning and reminding you to brush your enamel?
However Robin was additionally an inadvertent participant within the story of Gretzky’s blockbuster commerce from the Edmonton Oilers. Alan had taken Robin’s older brother to Russia for 10 days, and Gretzky and his soon-to-be spouse, Janet Jones, had been staying at chez Thicke for the summer time, even sleeping in Alan’s room whereas he was away. That day, Robin was attending Joe Torre’s baseball camp, and he was about to go away the home, when the cellphone rang. It was the previous LA Kings proprietor Bruce McNall, who was additionally a pal of Alan’s.
“He desires me to get up Wayne,” Robin informed me. “I’m like OK, so I’m knocking on the door, ‘Wayne, Wayne’. I’m like 10 years outdated … 11 years outdated. And so Wayne will get the cellphone, I obtained to camp. I come again from camp, and Wayne is in Edmonton on a podium, saying that he has been traded and he’s crying. And I’m like, ‘Holy what’! That was the 7 a.m. cellphone name from Bruce McNall. And I obtained Wayne on the cellphone. So Edmonton won’t ever forgive me, that’s for certain … for the half I performed.”
What an insane story.
Then once I requested him about Canadian artists Céline Dion and Shania Twain, he mentioned his father was shut with producer David Foster, so he obtained to be round Dion within the early days. However Twain stayed at their visitor home for 2 weeks when she first got here to Los Angeles to attain a report deal. “She stayed on the home. She’s a part of our a part of our Canadian brethren,” mentioned Robin. I’ve a sense that home had extra celeb Canadian DNA than Canada’s Stroll of Fame.
Most males wouldn’t say this, however Robin is simply dope. He’s obtained the insanely nice hair, mannequin beauty, slick model and off-the-charts expertise, however he has that inherent cool issue that you just simply can’t train. He’s the total bundle. And together with having his personal hits, (my private favourite is “Misplaced With out U”) he’s collaborated with many R&B artists, together with Pharrell Williams, Usher, Brandy and Mary J. Blige. Throughout a current episode of “The Masked Singer,” the place Robin is a decide, we realized that he and Brian Austin Inexperienced of “BH90210” had a hip-pop duo as teenagers known as Assume Twice. Nick Cannon jokingly referred to them because the “white Kriss Kross.”
That cool issue has helped him grow to be one of many few white artists in R&B, which has at all times been a predominantly black style. Then he and Justin Timberlake got here alongside. To be the minority in any area, like Bubba Wallace in NASCAR, Tiger Woods in golf, Christian McCaffrey as a working again within the NFL, you’re at all times chipping away at the established order and creating change in areas which may not be prepared for it. Robin was seemingly a pure.
Though he offers plenty of credit score for his maturation as an artist to his artistic accomplice, the late Andre Harrell, he comes from a protracted line of musicians, and jazz ones at that.
“Because it seems, on my mom’s aspect of the household, we’ve about six generations of musicians … My grandfather was a jazz trumpet participant. His father was a jazz trumpet participant. So, you already know, we’ve been making an attempt to be black for generations.”
However I informed him that we already drafted him a long time in the past.
Robin is a busy man. His girlfriend, April Love Geary simply gave delivery to a son, Luca, who’s his fourth baby. And he’s additionally launched a track “Fireplace It Up,” which is a part of the NFL “Songs of the Season” marketing campaign in collaboration with Roc Nation.
One factor he’d like so as to add to his schedule: a studio session with Drake. On his first mixtape, the Canadian artist rapped over Robin’s “Train U a Lesson,” track. “I might like to do an unique report with Drake simply because I’m such a giant fan.”
That shouldn’t be an issue as a result of he and Drake have tons in widespread. They each have Canadian roots, they usually’re each large NBA followers. Robin even sang at Chris Paul’s 2011 wedding ceremony in entrance of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. That’s the place he met Kevin Hart, who solid him on “Actual Husbands of Hollywood.”
However since he’s such a giant Lakers fan, I needed to gauge his hoops IQ and requested him what number of championships LeBron was going to win the group. To his credit score, he didn’t simply give me a fawning fan’s reply. He thinks if everybody stays wholesome, LeBron wins one other championship there, almost definitely this season. However after this 12 months, the items is likely to be totally different, and it’s all up within the air.
If he had gone all fan on me, I might have needed to faculty him, however he will get it. Perhaps subsequent 12 months he and Drake can carry out their new single for the Lakers’ championship celebration — a celebration the place we hope followers shall be current and cheering loudly.
Detroit native Jalen Rose is a member of the College of Michigan’s iconoclastic Fab 5, who shook up the faculty hoops world within the early ’90s. He performed 13 seasons within the NBA, earlier than transitioning right into a media character. Rose is at present an analyst for “NBA Countdown” and “Get Up,” and co-host of “Jalen & Jacoby.” He govt produced “The Fab 5” for ESPN’s “30 for 30” collection, is the writer of the best-selling ebook “Received To Give the Individuals What They Need,” a style tastemaker, and co-founded the Jalen Rose Management Academy, a public constitution faculty in his hometown.
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