Lots of people still think of Sisqó as the guy who brought the world "The Thong Song," which is a little like thinking of Shaquille O'Neal as simply a cat who likes to dunk. Singer, dancer, actor Sisqó is multi-faceted, and with a new album about to drop, and more movies in the works, he isn't just on the verge; he's already blown up.
Curtis Waller spoke to the Dragon about everything from the new album, Return of Dragon, to the Chauncey controversy to what it's like to "traumatize America" with 'NSYNC. One thing is clear: this is an older, wiser and bolder Sisqó. When he says, "I'm just coming to take what's mine," there's no reason in the world to doubt him.
MTV: Get it off your chest let everybody know that's your real hair.
Sisqó: This is all mine. On the first album I had the blond crop thing Eminem was rocking on his last album. The next album was the curly blond thing that Justin Timberlake was rocking on their last album. Then I went to the silver thing. Yes, I'm a pimp, thank you.
MTV: Clear up some confusion, is the title of the new album Return of the Dragon, or just Return of Dragon?
Sisqó: Just Return of Dragon. Mainly because dragon is more than just a logo, it's more than just a symbol. On the last album I described the dragon as the energy. But I realized the dragon is not just the logo, it's the music. Don't get me wrong, I'm not crazy or anything. But I'm so into my music, when the music rolls, I assume the role of dragon. It's the whole persona, it's the music and the energy all conglomerated together.
MTV: I know with the last album some people said you were trying to make a balance with the sound of Dru Hill and Sisqó as an individual.
Sisqó: With the last album, I have to apologize to the fans. I called it Unleash the Dragon, however, I didn't exactly unleash the dragon. I held back, mainly because I felt an obligation to the Dru Hill fans to keep a sound alive that myself, Nokio, Jazz and Woody created. That's why the album was so ballad-heavy. Originally, I was upset with some of the critics that were trying to dismiss my album as only being "The Thong Song." But I realized the only reason they did that was because "The Thong Song" was truly the only song on my album that was Sisqó. Everything else on the album could easily fit on any Dru Hill album.
MTV: Explain the first single.
Sisqó: "Can I Live." I chose that song because it's totally different than anything I've ever recorded in my entire career. I felt the obligation to come up with something totally new, plus I felt that it was the counterbalance to that double-edged sword, "The Thong Song" it cut with me as well as against me. You had some people in the 'hood saying that I sold out, saying, "Oh, he's a one-hit wonder." "The Thong Song" was not the extent of my talent, but only a weapon in my arsenal.
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