|Mindless Behavior - Toronto, March 2011|
The Boys explain to me the process of how they came to be Mindless Behavior with Princeton telling me, "Roc Royal and I were chosen out of 600 kids by Walter Millsap (Beyoncé) and Vincent Herbert (Lady Gaga) first, then came Prodigy from Philadelphia who was discovered on YouTube by our Choreographer. Ray Ray joined our group last.". Life hasn't been all Escalades and Red Carpets though since being signed to Interscope Records by Jimmy Iovine. He adds that "for two years we have been going to classes for Vocal Lessons, Media Training and Choreography. We're all being Homeschooled now.".
The Boys clarify to me that they haven't yet met the legendary Janet Jackson, but they all have the utmost respect for her. They tell me that a collaboration with her is in-the-works, although it has yet to be recorded. One Mr. Will-W.:Pop Maven reader Melissa, insisted on knowing which song of Jackson's they enjoyed most. Prodigy who naturally would be more familiar with her recent work answers, "Definitely, Feedback!" to which Roc Royal and Ray Ray also chime-in on, repeating that sentiment. Princeton, like me, thinks that Rhythm Nation is her defining work. We all agree though that Scream, the 1995 collaboration between Janet and brother Michael, is undisputedly the best Video ever.
One thing anyone will notice immediately with Mindless Behavior is that they are styled impeccably. Roc Royal gives full credit to their Manager Keisha Gamble who wasn't schooled in Fashion, but has a keen sense of what looks good. Gamble tells me that she's been in Artist Management for a while now, but just may now be hitting her best stride with Mindless Behavior. "I was with B2K early-on and am now working with an Artist named Money too, who has worked with Timbaland. She'll be releasing an album soon", she reveals.
In an era where Pop Music is growing crowded with Teen Idols like Justin Bieber and Willow Smith, I ask them, what exactly makes these Boys stand-out from the others? I'm told, "Mindless Behaviour is all about Movement. We're a Lifestyle, Fashion and Art. We're all about expressing Yourself". Embrace the movement.
Shortly after our Interview, the Boys arrived on-stage for a five-song Set before a crowd of screaming Girls, literally pushing and climbing their way to the stage. It is reported that their Autograph Session almost had to be halted due to overwhelming response. Now, how's that for an indication of what's to come?
Watch Mindless Behavior perform #1 Girl below:
The Boys were also had a special message for Mr. Will-W.:Pop Maven readers. Check it out:
Check out some more Photos below of Mindless Behavior:
A Signed Photo Giveaway is coming up shortly, so keep checking back for more details! Visit Mindless Behavior's official website here.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will-W.)