When Ne-Yo penned his 2004 debut “In My Own Words” he sung âSo Sick,â âWhen Your Madâ and âLet Me Get This Right,â songs he seemingly repeated in 2008, except this time they werenât songs. In 2008 Ne-Yoâs words hit Yung Berg, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Rihanna, R. Kelly, and others while also steaming up the charts with âCloser,â âMiss Independent,â and Jennifer Hudsonâs âSpotlightâ. Kicking the year off with speed, Ne Yo found himself booked at Cobb County jail for driving in excess of 100 mph without a drivers license in his Range Rover less than a month after he filed suit against Rowe Entertainment for booting him from R.Kellyâs âDouble Upâ Tour. While Ne-Yo escaped jail time for the Feb. 19 incident, the singer was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and serve at least 24 hours of community service. Even though the major story was Ne-Yoâs court case, blogs had more than fun pointing out Ne-Yoâs booking photo. Because Ne-Yo has a hat on nearly 99.9 percent of the time at award shows, music videos and other videos no one really knew what the âGentlemanâ looked like without it. When Ne-Yoâs booking photo hit the net it was a wrap for the crooner. Blogger Necole Bitchie just about summed it up: âWell Jesus Joseph and Mary, itâs about damn time someone figured out the mystery of the caps (sarcasm). And yaâll betta not come with the cone head jokes. He looks aiight to me, could look worse..â All head jokes aside, Ne-Yo kept us talking throughout the summer, especially after he checked Britney Spears: âI heard that she was upset with me and you know, I donât care.â According to Ne-Yo Spears stiffed him on numerous occasions when it came time to hit the studio and expected him to hold songs for her album âCircusâ. Claiming that he had not been paid Ne-Yo dropped the âmadnessâ on Britneyâs people stating âIâm like wait, wait-wait-wait. Until yaâll ain’t cut me a cheque, Iâm givinâ away my music. It mayâve been written with Britney in mind, but itâs not hers. My door swings both ways. Whitney and Michael – those are artists you wait on. But Britney? Nah, no yet. You got a little workinâ to do before you get to where I sit on a song for you. Sorry.â Britney has yet to say something about that. Ne-Yo ended up giving a song or two to Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls. For those of you who caught that âmy door swings both waysâ piece of Ne-Yoâs speech he had something for you too in September. Taking on rumors that he had written songs about another man, mainly taken from the song âForbidden Fruitâ Ne-Yo said the track was written for Shakira. âI wrote that for her. She wound up not taking it. Nobody makes the assumption that Iâm a songwriter and I do write songs for women every now and then. People donât gather that so then they go, âOh, what is this? What is NeYo doingâ … is he trying to tell us something ? Questions Ne-Yo quickly responded to stating: âNo, Iâm not trying to tell you anything. You shouldnât have downloaded the song, pirates !â Ms. Spearsâ and internet pirates were not the only ones getting smacked by Ne-Yo. Yung Berg, who by this time had already made his infamous âI donât like dark buttsâ speech, was on his way to getting a smack courtesy of Ne-Yo or so he said on Big Boyâs Neighborhood Morning Show: âYung Berg. I canât respect a person thatâs not trying to do nothing original. From an artist standpoint it sounds like a rip-off of what Lil Wayne did. It sounds like what âPainâ (T-Pain) is doing right now. It just upsets me. That is whatâs wrong with the business, the music, thereâs no originality anymore.â On the same show Ne-Yo made his most controversial statement talking about Chris Brown, his âStomp The Yardâ co-star and at one time touring partner. While the whole thing got played up and interpreted as an âI hate Chris Brown rantâ, Ne-Yo basically called Chris out for being a little ripe after a show. “Chris Brown gave me a hug after a show, one of the first shows we ever went on and he stunk after that show.” “As a matter of fact I let him know after that show and he laughed it off and kept it pushing.” Wrapping up his 2008 edition of âIn My Own Wordsâ, Ne-Yo put Chris Brown and Rihannaâs relationship on front street stating âJust months prior to them dating record companies were trying to put me with Rihanna to build up some controversy.â Confirming what many had already assumed, Ne Yo gave The Sun his take on the young power couple: âIâve hung out with them so much that I know that itâs the real deal and theyâre in a relationship.â âThey tear hair out of each other and argue. Iâve seen them kiss and make up like other couples do.â After being virtually quiet and accepting six Grammy Award nominations for much of November and December Ne-Yo made a statement that still has everyone talking â this time the wrong and possibly most damaging âwordsâ heâs ever said. Apparently not learning from Yung Bergâs âDark Buttsâ comment, Ne-Yo slipped on an interview with radio personality Jenny Boom Boom. Stating âAll the prettiest kids are light-skinned anyway,â Ne-Yo found himself in more hot water….the question is, was it hot enough to scorch his career for the next few months like Yung Berg who at present day is still getting it from his slip. So far Ne-Yo has not addressed the incident, where he also dismissed rumors about him and Chris Brown hating each other, but his camp has pulled the video from nearly every video outlet including YouTube. Thatâs a wrap for Ne-Yoâs âIn My Own Wordsâ 2008 edition. On a bright note though, Ne-Yo had a great year musically. As previously mentioned, the âYear of the Gentlemanâ singer picked up six Grammy Award nominations, penned songs for Jennifer Hudson and reportedly Whitney Houston and gave nearly $35,000 to an Atlanta area elementary schoolâs music program. That’s #2 ladies and gentleman… stay clicked to Singersroom (Friday) to see who made the #1 spot on Soul Reckless 08′ ! Click Here for a recap of the top 19 moments.
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