Dave Hollister's 'Game' Remains The Same

Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com.

The title of Dave Hollister's third solo album may be "Things in the Game Done Changed," but not much has changed about Hollister's message. The Chicago-born singer/ songwriter/producer says he still strives to use his music to help people build successful relationships.

"Everything I've written about has been something that I've been through," says Hollister. "On the last album, I did a song called 'Take Care of Home.' I was basically doing music that helped other brothers out. I'd already come to the realization that I need to take care of home, and this [song] is what the result was when I didn't."

Set for an Oct. 15 release, "Things in the Game Done Changed" follows 2000's "Chicago '85: The Movie" and 1999's "Ghetto Hymns" (both on DreamWorks). This third album is the former BLACKstreet singer's first Goodfellas Entertainment/Motown/Universal release. As with his first two albums, Hollister talks primarily about love and relationships. However, he uses more uptempo tracks than he has in the past.

The lead single, the midtempo "Baby Do Those Things," is making an impressive showing at mainstream urban radio. The cut now stands at No. 78 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

While pundits may compare Hollister's work to that of his peers, the singer says he has little regard for what the industry or his fellow artists think of him or his music. "I just try to do the best I can at what I do. I don't care about awards; I really don't care what my peers think. I do music to help the everyday person."

"Things in the Game Done Changed" features production by Mike City (Brandy, Sunshine Anderson) and contributions from Tank, Robert "Big Bert" Smith (Brandy), Bryan Michael-Cox (Mariah Carey, Jagged Edge), Loren Dawson, and Donnie Scantz (Toni Braxton, Chante Moore).

As he awaits the album's release, Hollister is concentrating on perfecting his stage show. He has joined Kelly Price, Glenn Lewis, and Motown act Black Coffey on the 10-city Hennessy Privilege tour that runs through November. "This time around, I want to do it right," explains Hollister.

This past summer, Hollister contributed the track "Keep Lovin' You" to comedian Steve Harvey's MCA compilation album, "Sign of Things to Come." Now he's returning to the studio to record two songs for a new BLACKstreet album due in November from DreamWorks.

"It's not like a true BLACKstreet reunion," Hollister explains. "All six of us are coming together with each one of us doing two songs apiece. We'll put it out there and see what happens."

Excerpted from the Sept.28, 2002, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Billboard.com members section.

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