Pop Culture Rewind: Ray J's First Music Video
By ROBERT PACE
July 20, 2012
Ray J has recently been in the news for his relationship with the late Whitney Houston as well as his infamous fling with Kim Kardashian, but this Pop Culture Rewind takes you back to Ray J when he was just starting out as a young singer.
Although the 16-year-old had star connections with multi-platinum relatives in his sister Brandy and cousin Snoop Dogg, Ray J still had to make a name for himself and create a fan base.
The featured flashback takes you back to July 1997 when Ray J was filming his first music video for his single "Let it Go" off of his first album, Everything You Wanted. Although his recent music has evolved with the times, the young singer describes his late-90s music as "funky with a hip-hop feel."
Having grown up around music industry success stories, Ray J lists his future goals as "to be a successful producer and an artist as well, and just to still be down-to-earth and just to do my thing and hope everybody loves my music and the way I am."
When Ray J is asked where he and his sister get their raw talent from, he mentions his father, William Norwood Sr. (Ray J's birth name is William Ray Norwood Jr.) and says that watching him singing in the church choir motivated him and Brady to sing.
"Just feelin' the music is basically what we believe in," he says.
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