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Q&A: Romeo Santos Addresses The Bachata Bandwagon

SINGER AND FORMER AVENTURA FRONTMAN ROMEO SANTOS EXPLAINS WHY THE DOMINICAN MUSIC GENRE IS THE MOVEMENT TO MOVE WITH

VIBE: Why do you think bachata has crept into the mainstream in the past few years? Romeo Santos: What really helped the genre is many more artists are jumping to do this type of music. I’ve got a superstar like Usher singing bachata, a tune featuring Lil Wayne. I’m offering people more than just bachata. That captures a new audience that would listen to bachata because Usher is singing. What was that process like bringing Usher into your world on “Promise”? Did he acclimate easily? That was actually a big concern. I was like, “Is he going to feel it’s corny?” But it was a really good experience. An artist like Usher who’s just a great contemporary music contributor, it makes it easy because he adapts to anything. And he’s a great dancer—in a matter of minutes, he was already dancing like he’s been dancing bachata for years. [On “All Aboard”] with Lil Wayne, we didn’t do bachata because that would’ve been weird. We stuck with something I was sure he’d nail, and he’s familiar with, which is R&B. We all remember reggaeton’s considerable, yet brief, takeover of mainstream music. Did you learn anything from that period? Yeah, that’s a very good example that even something good can be overexposed. I’ve learned that you can do something great, but you have to continue reinventing yourself as an artist. So by the time someone else is copying your style, you have something else to offer your audience. What happened with reggaeton is that many artists kept recycling the same sound. But there are a lot of reggaeton artists that are still in their prime—like Daddy Yankee—because they’ve chosen to continue growing, to offer people more than just reggaeton. That’s where I learned to always be able to try something new and not be afraid. What’s the most unexpected setting where you’ve witnessed bachata dance? When I was touring Europe [with Aventura] seven or eight years ago, 80 percent of the audience there wasn’t Latin. They were Europeans, Italians, people from Germany—and they were dancing bachata. I was on YouTube the other night and amazed that I saw these Japanese women in Japan—I guess it was a Latin club—and they were dancing to “Promise.” They were dancing with Dominicans, but that’s just a sign that the dancing is becoming just as popular as the genre. Victor Cruz—wide receiver of the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants—incorporates salsa in his touchdown celebrations. Think that’s the next Latin craze? [Laughs] It’s a good start, you know! —John Kennedy

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As Barnes recalled during the interview, Dre attacked her at a Def Jam party in Los Angeles in retaliation for her interview with Ice Cube after he split with N.W.A. According to Barnes, she was standing near a stairway talking to someone when Dre grabbed her by the hair and rammed her head into a brick wall. “Dre approached me out of nowhere [and] grabs me by my hair. He picked me up, lifted me up off the ground [by my hair and] slammed me up against a brick wall several times.

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Barnes remembers being disoriented as she lay on the ground, unable to walk down the stairs. “I grab the rail, I pull myself back up and run into the women’s restroom. He follows me into the women’s restroom,” she said before taking a pause. “He continued to assault me in the women’s restroom.”

“Were you sexually assaulted?” Williams prodded.

“I’m not comfortable talking about everything right now,” Barnes replied.

“Your silence is speaking volumes,” added Williams.

In a 1991 interview with Rolling Stone, Dre brushed off the incident casaully stating that he threw Barnes “through a door.” The assault came back to light in 2015 after it was noticeably absent from Straight Outta Compton, along with Dre’s abuse of his ex-girlfriend, Michel'le with whom he has a child. Dre later released a public apology, although he didn’t mention Barnes or Michel'le directly. “I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives,” he said in a statement. He also addressed the beating in HBO's The Defiant Ones series in 2017. “I was out of my f‑‑‑ing mind at the time. I f‑‑‑ed up. I paid for it. I’m sorry for it. And I apologized for it.I have this dark cloud that follows me, and it’s going to be attached to me forever. It’s a major blemish on who I am as a man, and every time it comes up, it just makes me feel f‑‑‑ed up.”

Dre, whose birth name is Andre Young, pleaded no contest to assaulting Barnes. He was sentenced to probation and community service and went to become a multi-millionaire entrepreneur, Grammy-winning solo artist, and sought after producer. Meanwhile, Barnes was blacklisted from the music industry after she was attacked.

During a much happier moment in her Wendy Williams Show interview, Williams presented Barnes with a $15,000 check to help her get back on her feet, and offered her a book deal.

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“It took me a lot of time to even be able to get up the courage to talk about it because it’s embarrassing,” she said. “Coming from where I come from and being as astute and courageous as I am, you always feel like, ‘it can never be me.’”

Marcille explained that she and McCall were not “really in love” before she became pregnant with their daughter, Marley. “It wasn’t a relationship that lasted long enough for me to really even know him,” she noted. Even so, it wasn’t long before their romance took a violent turn.

“[The abuse] didn’t start for me until I was pregnant with Marley. And then about a month after having Marley, it didn’t stop; it got worse,” she tearfully recalled. “And it got worse with her. The final straw was when Marley was actually in my arms once. And I was like, ‘I can’t do this no more.”

Marcille has since married someone else (she married Michael Sterling in Oct. 2018), but she suggested that her history with McCall is both triggering and relevant to this day.

As previously noted, McCall was arrested on Monday (April 15) for domestic violence against his current partner, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirms. The “Deuces” artist was charged with one felony of injuring a spouse or cohabitant. According to jail records, McCall was released on Tuesday (April 16) after posting a $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 30.

In regards to his latest case, Eva said that her sympathy lies with the alleged victim. “I feel sorry for that girl… I feel bad for women who have to deal with that,” she said. “It’s actually not a laughable matter. It’s something that makes you feel so little… I hope that they keep his ass in jail.”

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