Rick Ross, Lenny S., and The-Dream all hosted a VH1 talent search series called Signed, that resurfaced last weekend after a controversial clip went viral.
In the clip, the judges praise contestant, Just Brittany, for her rendition of Rick Ross’ “Aston Martin Music” even though many thought another contestant, Kaiya, had the better version. Viewers thought Brittany ultimately won the show because of her complexion and looks.
The-Dream was prompted to defend himself after the clip made its rounds.
“I’m completely surprised by even the smallest amount of people that would ever test my Blackness and my love for my people and my culture in everyshade esp. the darkest of u,” he wrote. “I’m not overly surprised. But as much as I’ve done to move women forward through songs and always Being the one that make sure shit looks a certain way.”
“I’m sure every director and every artist or person who have saw me work and been around me know exactly how I prefer things. Black ass fuck all the time. With all I’ve done this is what y’all have for me,” he continued. “Now me I’m not black enough even though I walked out of labels left 5ms cause race shit.”
The-Dream’s remarks comes after Kaiya spoke to The Shade Room about the outpour of support she’s received since the clip made its way to the World Wide Web.
“The resurfacing of the video is so surreal,” Kaiya told The Shade Room. “I’m humbled that a lot of people have come out in support of my journey. Colorism is a topic that needs to be discussed wholly and not summed up in one response, but it’s very disheartening to know so many go through this male or female. To pin Black women and men against one another, or make it where some are seen superior is sad. As the years go on, I hope it’s being addressed and rectified in the future.”