Fefe Dobson is speaking out.
Though celebrated amongst members of her fanbase for her ability to pen and perform brilliant Pop Rock jams, Dobson is perhaps known most in some circles for being the artist Def Jam is said to have used as the blueprint for Rihanna‘s bad girl persona.
Now, she is addressing claims that her enormously successful career was stifled by the competitive act and baring all on the highs, lows, trials and tribulations she has faced since the release of her Platinum self-titled debut.
A long, but important, listen below…
On racism in the music industry:
My manager got so much flack from people who would ask “why do you think can manage this black girl doing rock and roll.” It was hard. I’m so thankful for the artists that have come out and broken those patterns by putting any genres on one album.
On how the label system used her art to build new artists:
My album got shelved and I went back home to Toronto and I was so devastated. I was angry with everyone but it was kind of good because I kinda became myself again and I remember turning on the TV and seeing Miley on TV singing a song called ‘Start All Over’ and I said ‘wait I know that song.’ She was singing a song from my album (Sunday Love) that was never released.
Songs from the album were also given to Jordin Sparks and Selena Gomez and it was then, after seeing how her thoughts, feelings and ideas had been used to propel her peers to stardom, did an inspired Dobson return to the music industry following her tumultuous split with Def Jam.
Check out this interview from 2011: