Lyfe Jennings Interview

Lyfe Jennings has never been a music artist to shy away from songs that speaks the truth. With lyrics about self-respect and lyrics that often offer up valuable wisdom, Jennings’ songs have become known for their powerful messages. With his new album, “I Still Believe,” Jennings continues to stay true to who he is and continues to do what he does best; deliver great positive music.

A Word For My Sistas: People have often said that your songs are always on point. You keep it real and you sing about real life situations. Why has it been so important for you as a music artist to be honest and have your music focus so much on real issues that people face everyday?

Lyfe Jennings: Because I think it’s so many artists out here already who do the club thing and who do the straight love song thing. And I think music is not only a healer for somebody who’s going through something, but I think music is also a pointer. It can point you in the right way to go.

A Word For My Sistas: I recently read a comment on a blog where a young lady wrote that she loved your music and that your song S.E.X. helped her get through the peer pressure of having sex while in school. When you hear a comment like that, how does it make you feel knowing that your song could help someone in that way?

Lyfe Jennings: That’s the ultimate compliment for me. What I do honestly, it’s not a whole bunch of money in it. I don’t forsee myself being crazy, crazy, rich off the music that I do. So when people actually get it and it changes their life in a way, that’s my richness right there. I become wealthy off of that.

A Word For My Sistas: Let’s talk about your song “Statistics.” What inspired that song and how did you come up with those statistics?
25% of all men are unstable
25% of all men can’t be faithful.
30% of them don’t mean what they say
and 10% of the remaining 20% is gay
That leaves you a 10% chance of ever finding your man

Lyfe Jennings: Well, first off, Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” inspired the song. I came up with the statistics by polling a lot of women that I knew. A lot of women are great women, but don’t have men. A lot of people say that I’m talking about Black men and Black women. But what I say is that 25% of men. I didn’t say Black men, White men. I said all men. And it’s just crazy how everybody is all of sudden talking about that he’s saying this about Black men and Black women. That isn’t necessarily what I’m talking about.

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  1. *cringing* Steve Harvey’s book as inspiration. I like him; I don’t own any of his music, but I’m familiar with a couple of tunes. I’ll have to give him more of a listen soon. 🙂

  2. Yes, I like the concept of the song but I am “cringing” with Kanyade – Steve Harvey’s book as inspiration? Didn’t Steve Harvey’s ex-wife claim he was physically abusive and he put her and the son out of the house during their divorce proceedings and eventually gained full support of the child from the mother because he had more financial resources than her? Then he goes on to write a guidance book for women and now is a featured columnist in Essence magazine. I think Lyfe was cleared for his threat to kill his estranged girlfriend. LOL…

  3. Steve Harvey’s book did have some good info in it to me, & all parts of it didn’t apply to all women. It still had some very good points. However, Steve has said several times, while in conversation, on his radio show that he was far less than a good man to his ex-wife. I guess he doesn’t want his daughters and others to end up with someone like the man that he says he used to be. I really haven’t heard anything about Lyfe other than his prison time & how he’s been turning his life around since then. Anyway, at least he is putting out very positive music more often than not. So I’ll appreciate it as long as it lasts. He could be singing the same old tune that most R&B men are singing about, like who’s going home with them tonight and just straight sexual lyrics. He definitely could be singing about other things that would make him much more “mainstream” and make more money in the process.

  4. why do these bum of black men write books when they have a lot of dirt in their life. Don’t preach to me about being a better person when you are worse than me.

  5. IMO, I feel that its takes one to know one and one. So if Steve is now turning his life around, great for him and the men that will listen and heed his advice.

    I think its great that he is trying to forewarn women.

    Really: if a too perfect man was giving all this advice, the not-too perfect man WOULD NOT LISTEN. At least he is showing and proving (hopefuly) what he is speaking on.

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