You can't help it -- you have to roll your eyes whenever you hear someone refer to an energetic sort as a "firecracker" or a "pistol" these days. Yet somehow those descriptive terms can be applied to Sisqo of Dru Hill fame without irony. In fact, they fit him like a well-tooled pair of patent leather jeans.
Coming on like a one-man Vegas showstopper complete with neon lights, Roman candles, and girls, girls, girls, Sisqo -- along with his Dru partners Nokio, Woody, and Jazz -- brings a bold, theatrical aesthetic to R&B that hearkens back to the days when James Brown had to be revived from collapse onstage by the embrace of his velvet cape. Ecstatic and electric, Sisqo's voice and presence leapt out with such unbridled force that folks at home thought he alone was Dru Hill.
Sisqo's broken that curse with the release of his first solo album, the very aptly titled "Unleash The Dragon," which has been climbing toward platinum status since its late '99 release. The first salvo from his group's Dru World Order venture with Def Jam/Def Soul (as well as his own Dragon imprint), it'll be followed by solo discs from Woody (who had left the group to pursue a career in gospel and still maintains his place in Dru's empire), Jazz, and then Nokio, who's also been busy with a number of production projects, including "Unleash The Dragon" and "What These Bitches Want," Sisqo's track with DMX on "...And Then There Was X."
With his insanely catchy new single, "Thong Song," set to push his album into sales status to match his hair color, Sisqo sat down with John Gill of the MTV Radio Network to talk about his plans for his upcoming tour, his Dru Hill family, and what he thinks of "Thong Song" coming up as an answer on "WebRIOT."
Make way for the dynamo...