(AllHipHop Features) R&B crooner Johnny Gill has a career in music that entertainers would kill for. The 50-something-year-old has successfully maintained a career in music since the early 80’s and shows no signs of slowing down. He’s already atop the Billboard charts thanks to his new album Game Changer II with the Tiffany Haddish-fueled video for “Soul Of A Woman.”
However, Johnny has been a part of a number of matters that have penetrated popular urban culture, most notably his inclusion as a member of the seminal group R&B New Edition. He and N.E. bandmate Ralph Tresvant are the owners of the name “New Edition,” which has caused strife within the ranks of the members. “We are a group that’s had issues from the start and it ain’t stopped,” he says candidly in this exclusive interview with AllHipHop. But, the Washington D.C. native has a just explanation for the move and he explains.
Johnny is more concerned with matters of music and pushing his business endeavors forward. He’s released his new album on his own label, J Skillz Entertainment, and he’s even signed Ralph Tresvant to the imprint. He also talks about what seems to be discrimination in mainstream outlets that don’t seem to see value in his Grammys, Soul Train Awards, multiple albums with the likes of Gerald LeVert, Keith Sweat, Stacy Lattisaw and, of course, New Edition.
In a conversation with Chuck Creekmur, the famous crooner answers all the tough questions and gets granular with how he’s been so successful for so long.