Brian McKnight on racy song: I was bored
April 25th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

Brian McKnight on racy song: I was bored

We know R&B can have a sexy side, but the X-rated lyrics on a preview from a new Brian McKnight song have given some fans pause.

As MTV notes, the response to McKnight's preview video of a song called "If You're Ready to Learn" has shown that not many are prepared for the singer's new direction.

The "Back at One" crooner posted a YouTube video previewing the track on Monday, and since then has set off a hailstorm of reactions, particularly on Twitter.

The lyrics include lines using a colloquial term for a woman's body part. We are going to go with "kitty cat." You probably know what we mean and while we were going to spell it out here, it just felt so wrong to us (though apparently not to McKnight).

It turns out the song was born out of boredom, as McKnight said in a call with TMZ that he's been stuck in his house as he awaits Achilles tendon surgery.  He had an idea for a mixtape made just for adult ears, bounced the idea around with his 40,000 followers on Twitter, and hopped into the studio in his home.

"The song ... was really for my 40,000 followers, because they're the ones who have been there with me everyday," McKnight said. "Those people are the ones who have seen me on the road to know that I have a sense of  humor. I try to be as funny as I possibly can. When I put it up, it was really just for those people. Lo and behold, all hell has broken loose. ... If I'd known this would've happened, I probably wouldn't have done it, but here we are."

"If You're Ready to Learn" is "a parody," McKnight added. "I'm having fun, because basically, I have nothing else to do. I'm at home, I have a studio, I'm a professional songwriter, I can write and sing anything, and here's a little fun to share with you, and look what happened."

McKnight has been fighting off a brewing backlash since he unveiled the preview, but there are others who've enjoyed what they've heard thus far.

"For everyone who wants this new 'adult' tune 'if you're ready to learn,'" McKnight tweeted Tuesday night, "I just finished it and it will be available next week."

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  3. beware

    behave, or davidw will get you.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kirk

    And what did you think, he has some ultra (moderate?) amount of respect for women, why would he, in his position he sees alot of desperate women. i love women, i just find it difficult to like them.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. kirk

    Lets b.itch about something thats easier to simply ignore, its a small wonder our political system thinks were idiots, sheep being happily lead to slaughter, bbbaaahhh!

    April 26, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Adrian

    You sensitive American’s, get a life!!

    April 26, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. jaye

    You have to really understand McKnight's rep (esp. in the Black community) to see what the negative response was about. Imagine Tony Bennett singing about getting some a$$......disturbing, yes??

    April 26, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. sabinabarnes

    This is so like people to get all worked up for nothing. If this is so offensive dont listen, it was made for adults to listen to,if you are not an adult remove yourself from this situation.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lorie

    This is not a big deal...and the beautiful thing about it is, if you dont like dont have to listen to it...turn your computer off! Really...this is on CNN?

    April 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cornell Baccus

    Contradicting Americans,grow the f up.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      I'm American and have no problem at all with this, so stop generalizing all of us and shut your F'ing mouth.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |

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