Umm...who Is John Mayer?

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Postby mtvjunkie » Sun Feb 08, 2004 10:30 am

i dont know whether its because i live in england but i don't think ive ever heard a single one of his songs. oh yeah i found this (sorry if already posted)

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John Mayer fans are a dedicated bunch who've been known to drive hundreds of miles just to see him perform. Their fervor helped launch him from the Atlanta club circuit onto the national stage, where he's become a Grammy-winning pop phenomenon.

And now it seems the 26-year-old suburban kid from Connecticut has a new following. They aren't college kids, soccer moms or NASCAR dads: they're the cream of the hip-hop crop.

Inexplicably and somewhat overwhelmingly, hip-hop stars like Pharrell Williams and Kanye West are espousing their love for John Mayer. For some, it's the purity of his guitar-driven, straw-hat folk. Others dig his white-boy-soul disposition. Whatever it is, Mayer has become the object of this urban beat generation's affection.

"I like John Mayer," Jay-Z recently confessed. "[He's] smooth. You can throw it on in the car, you know, get lost in your thoughts."

Rap stars aren't just shouting out Mayer with empty praise, hoping to earn credibility by showing off their broad taste in music. In that department, his populist musical style could be trumped by, say, hipper artists such as the White Stripes. No, hip-hoppers say they're genuinely drawn to the nuances of Mayer's artistry.

"His lyrics are really inspirational," West said. "He words stuff with a real, I guess it's witty, intelligent, very human [sensibility]. I would like to grab some of those qualities."

For Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, it's the sophistication of the former Berklee College of Music student's songwriting and playing that stands out. "One time I saw him perform live and he switched up his song at the end, like, [improvised] different chords — he remixed it," Hugo said. "He's just not your typical guitar player. He's trying to push the envelope for the way guitarists and vocalists are heard. ... I just respect his musicality."

Pharrell fashioned rap-rock side project N.E.R.D. to be a retro-styled throwback to the breezy, jazz-influenced classic rock of Steely Dan and ELO, and in Mayer he sees an allegiance to that same stylistic school. "He's dope and he's talented," Pharrell said. "You get this '70s pop-rock sensibility with the writing that he does.

"You know, the dude is a real musician," he continued. "It's like anything you ever loved in Joe Jackson or anything you ever loved in any '70s rock. You're gonna get it out of this dude. He's a real student, and it comes through in his music."

High praise, to be sure. Mayer is aware of the attention and is flattered by it. "I've learned recently that some folks in the hip-hop community respect what I'm doing, and it's such a thrill," he told MTV Japan in January. "[One hip-hop guy's compliment] is like five pop guys telling you that your music's doing it for them."

Why does Mayer think hip-hop stars have him on their radar? He's not completely sure. "I like being myself and kinda sticking to that. Maybe that's kind of the part to be respected. I think also I'm a 'beat' guy. I'm a rhythm guy."

Mayer is open to building a bridge between his style of music and hip-hop. For his most recent album, Heavier Things, he recruited Roots drummer ?uestlove to play on some songs. Their in-studio jam sessions were so invigorating, they vowed to collaborate on an album soon. An irreverent side project between the two and comedian Dave Chappelle was unveiled on Wednesday's episode of "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central.

Mayer also popped up at Sony Studios in New York last month to listen to Kanye West give a preview of his debut album, College Dropout (see "Common, John Mayer Drop In To Preview Kanye West's Dropout"). Though West didn't get to meet Mayer that night, he'd said he'd like to one day, articulating what many in hip-hop are clearly feeling right now: "I wish he was my friend."



—Joseph Patel, with additional reporting by Vanessa White Wolf

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Postby lancechica4 » Sun Feb 08, 2004 10:38 am

:jawdrop: A John virgin?!

I'm SURE you've heard a John song before... Your Body is a Wonderland? I guess that's his most famous one. But you have GOT to check him out. You'll love him... I PROMISE. :P

The article's already been posted... but it is a good one. :thumbup:

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Postby Bubble_Yum » Sun Feb 08, 2004 10:52 am

Yeah he isn't really heard a lot in the UK I have to admit but once you find him theres no turning back!

Bigger Than My Body is being released as a single over here pretty soon so maybe then you'll hear!

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Postby JT Fan Girl » Sun Feb 08, 2004 1:34 pm

Bubble_Yum wrote:Bigger Than My Body is being released as a single over here pretty soon so maybe then you'll hear!

:nod: It's being released Feb 16th over here in the UK, check my sig. B) :P Oh, and you can see the video on The Box now! :yay:

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Postby Sarah » Mon Feb 09, 2004 2:29 pm

ive never seen any of his vids before, i know that they used to play your body is a wonderland on capital but they've stopped now!
i admit thats the only song if his ive heard as well, im basically a john virgin! lol

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Postby lancesgrl » Tue Feb 10, 2004 12:08 pm

aww.. a john virgin. :P *sigh* oh those days are so long gone for me.... many many john nookie dreams later.... ;)

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Postby justins bubbles » Wed Feb 11, 2004 4:29 am

<span style='color:blue'> :lol: I was trying to remember if I had ever had a John nookie dream...then I remembered the one where Nay was passed out on the bed. :P </span> :lol:

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Postby renee » Wed Feb 11, 2004 11:39 pm

:lol: i remember that one bubs! i was passed out after john had his way w me :lol: :huh: wasn't that how it went?

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Postby mtvjunkie » Mon Feb 16, 2004 6:42 am

i just saw the second half of his video of bigger than my body and i really liked it and ive found two of his albums on sale (in hmv for anyone in england who might want to buy it -room for squares and something else of which the name i have forgotten).

he looks alright but hes no justin timberlake

if youve never seen john mayer and your a mayer virgin does that mean ive just given him head or something? :lol:

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Postby justins bubbles » Mon Feb 16, 2004 10:50 am

<span style='color:blue'>No. You just passed out. :)

Amd mtvjunkie...that's exactly what it means. B) </span>

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Postby megzrsa » Mon Feb 16, 2004 12:20 pm

my local radio station is starting to play him a bit now, ive introduced all of my mates to his music and my big bro is a fan now after i dragged him along to the gig in london last week :lol:
I wouldn't have really known who he was if i hadn't heard about him so much on here :P

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Postby tendertoes » Mon Feb 16, 2004 7:50 pm

youve never seen john mayer and your a mayer virgin does that mean ive just given him head or something?  
:crazyjump: :rofl:

Amd mtvjunkie...that's exactly what it means.  


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