Is Jeremih his own worst enemy? He has the hottest R&B single out, but no video or album to show for it. Even after label and personal drama, he admits, “I only blame myself.”
Jeremih photographed at the Sunset Cocktail Lounge at Palihouse WeHo in West Hollywood, Calif. on Aug. 25, 2014.
“When you can count on your han...
“When you can count on your hands how many videos you’ve done in your career, when you’ve never performed your hits on TV, something’s not right,” admits Jeremih Felton, 27. “Everyone always wants to say I’m shy. I don’t think so, but there’s a disconnect with my fans. I want my fans to see me — that’s what they never do.”
He also points to Def Jam for album delays and push backs. “My label is hesitating and not being on my side,” he says. “I see other artists and how they’re supported. It’s hard when I’m on a roster with Rihanna, Rick Ross and Kanye West.”
Jeremih says he’s ultimately responsible for his stutter-steps, explaining that he was consumed by a court battle with his child’s mother while “Don’t Tell ’Em” was rising. “I stopped caring about being Jeremih over the last few months,” he says. “A lot of people don’t know I have a 2-year-old son. His mom wasn’t allowing me to see him, and it was messing with me. I was internally unbalanced. But I just got out of that trial and I won.”
Late Nights, which the singer describes as “clatchet” — that’s classy ratchet — grew from teaming with Shlohmo for the 2014 No More EP, and Jeremih vows it will be the first true showcase of his talents. “It took me five years to realize what I could do with my voice,” he says. “No Auto-Tune — cut all that off.”
Jeremih insists he’s determined to boost his visibility, video or not. “I want to show some skin now,” he says. “Over the next few months, if you don’t hear about me, something’s wrong.”