FACTS OR REACHING?: Apparently Mario Believes He’s Earned a Spot On “R&B’s Mount Rushmore” Alongside Names Like Michael Jackson & Beyoncé

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – JULY 27: Mario Dewar Barrett attends GUESS Dare + Double Dare Fragrance Launch at Ysabel on July 27, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Guess, Inc.)

Listen, Mario’s definitely talented and has some serious bangers. However, if Mount Rushmore is meant to represent a group of the greatest in a genre… all I’m going to say is you’re supposed to believe in yourself, good for him.

Mario has been in the R&B genre for decades now, amassing chart-topping hits, awards, cultural acclaim, and a lot of experience. Moreover, TMZ Hip Hop recently caught him on the street in Beverly Hills, and they prompted a “R&B Mount Rushmore” conversation. Of course, the Baltimore singer had plenty of names to go through, many of which came almost instantly to him when asked about the genre’s all-time greats. However, he eventually pivoted to making his own case as to why he should also be part of that list of GOATs. Sure, there are many to consider, but the 37-year-old doesn’t want anyone sleeping on him. Also, he spoke about the music industry as a whole within hip-hop and R&B.

“Ooh, that’s a good one,” Mario replied to the question of his R&B Mount Rushmore. “Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, um… me! *laughs* You know why I say that? Hold on. Because I grew up listening to so many different types of music. With my mother and my grandmother, I got two generations of just soul music, you know, just great R&B. You know what I’m saying, that I grew up to. So that’s why I say my voice, I can do a little bit of everything. I was thinking the fourth person would be… the fourth person would be Whitney Houston. Um, Usher, it’s a lot. My Mount Rushmore can go, like, it can go cr*zy.

“I think that what can help with R&B culture is just getting back to, like, raw music,” Mario said of the current genre landscape. “Just really taking your time to create timeless music and not just hits, you know what I’m saying? Let’s just get back to creating timeless music, let’s get back to artist development, let’s get back to creating music that can stand the test of time, man. Originality. I wouldn’t say there’s something wrong with music. I think that, as a culture, we just gotta get back to making meaningful music. Not music just to make bread and make money, but music that makes people feel something. Feel good, you know, feel inspired.

“If you go back to any classic album you think is classic and you listen to it, something about that album inspires you,” he continued. “Music is meant to inspire people, it’s meant to be the soundtrack of our culture. If 20 years from now, people want to understand our world based off of the music we listening to today, what would they be getting? I mean, that’s what I think about it, you know what I’m saying? It’s a lot of greats out there, still a lot of young artists that came from that time that’s doing their thing. I would have to put [Chris Brown] in my Mount Rushmore, he a young GOAT.”

Take a look at what Mario had to say and let us know if you think he’s speaking facts. Who would be your R&B Mount Rushmore?

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