Last week we were thrilled when internet comedian Nicholas Fraser turned his 10-second “Why You Lyin'” vine into a full-length video. Turns out, not everyone shared that sentiment, particularly the man who originated the tune of the track, Next’s R.L.
While we’re 99.999999% sure Fraser’s parody set to the tune of the R&B group’s 1997 song, “Too Close” was all in good fun, Robert Lavelle (RL) Huggar feels like he’s the butt of the joke. He said in a podcast on YouKnowIGotSoul.com:
“Vlad asked me to make a video to make light of it and I did it reluctantly because I am going to be honest: I don’t know how I feel about it. You are making a parody of my life’s work. And on one end, I don’t want to be a stickler and, you know, seem like I am bitter or anything.
“But you are kind of making a parody of something that I really worked hard with. It is something that I continue to get residuals from and you know, it is part of my identity…I promise you, people will send me different languages and like, ‘Did you see this?’ And I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I try to make light of it but it is getting to the point of overkill.”
So nobody’s going to tell this man that, aside from the melody, “Why You Lyin'” has absolutely, positively nothing to do with him or his “life’s work?” If anything, I’d think people who’d forgotten Next in the new millennium (or never knew who they were to begin with) might now be adding the original raunchy tune into their Spotify playlists. Personally, I’m just waiting on Fraser to make a real parody of R.L. now for being way into his feelings. Thoughts?