Brian McKnight surprised his fans earlier this year with his raunchy single “If Ur Ready To Learn” leading some of them to question his new musical direction. But McKnight says the worst part was the trouble he caused for his dear old mom.

The singer says his X-rated song was always meant to be a joke. Though he did tell 94.7 The Wave that if his fans paid closer attention to the lyrics they’d realize it’s the one of the “most clever songs” he’s ever written.

Those that did listen to the song had a bone to pick with McKnight’s mom. He says some of her friends were not too accepting of the new direction he had taken.

McKnight’s attempt to show his mom that they were all just overreacting resulted in a very interesting listening session.

“I played it for my mom after the church folk started getting on her,” McKnight admitted. “I was like, ‘Ma, listen, let me play it for you. I’ve known you all my life, understand where I’m coming from.”

Though his mom eventually accepted her son’s new song, his fans weren’t always so kind.

“People use social media to tell you what they think about you,” he said. “For whatever reason they want to be mean sometimes.”

He chalks it up to today’s culture, which is more interested in writing a rude putdown than a rave review. “We don’t really listen to positivity,” he said.

But McKnight admits it’s just something artists have to get used to in this day and age.

“Your skin has to be a lot thicker now than ever before,” McKnight said. “Now, they really want to let people to know how clever they are by saying how bad you are.”

Listen to the full interview with Brian McKnight here.

 – Shannon Carlin, CBS Local



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