Lenny Kravitz’ music career almost floundered before it had begun, because record labels refused to accept a black man could rock.
The Are You Gonna Go My Way singer is proud he stood firm and refused to let music bosses push him into R+B.
He tells Alicia Keys in a feature for Interview magazine: “That’s why I didn’t get signed for years. People would listen to my tape and say, ‘We think you’re really talented, but you can’t do this. Well, we’ll hook you up with a producer and then you can make an R+B record.’ I never went for it.”
He added: “When I look back at the person I was then, I don’t understand how I had the strength to not sell out. How does a guy who lives in his car say not to money and an apartment and an opportunity to make records? But thank God I didn’t take any of those deals, because my career would have been over in an album.”
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