Originally posted by AudioGuy:
Singing and dancing are indicators of talent???!!!
AG! Can YOU dance like Hammer? Can you even sing
Of course singing and dancing are examples of talents. Being a producer is but another type of talent.
Would you say that Beyonce is more talented that say, Quincy Jones?
You're trying to compare apples and oranges, but I would say that Q is a more
talented producer than Beyonce is a singer/dancer. On the other hand, I would say that Michael Jackson was a more talented performer than Q is a producer. I would say that the other MJ - Jordan - was a more talented basketball player than Q is a producer. I would say that Paul Robeson was a more talented person
than Q is a producer. There are lots of talents that people have. I think in this thread we were comparing Michael and Prince to each other, somewhat holistically, as artists/performers. Sure Prince may be able to play more instruments. At the end of the day though, I'm not sure that matters all that much. People are buying the whole package and IMO the most important variables are the vocals and over-all performance - closely followed by the music. Let's take Mike's little sister, as an example. Janet CAN'T sing, but because she's FOINE and puts on a great show, she has been a very entertaining performer. The entire package is entertaining. When I was drooling at her in concert here about 10 years ago - I could care less that she was probably lip syncing and in reality had no voice. The experience of her show was great.
Prince is definitely a smarter guy. He definitely has better judgment than Mike. He is saner than Mike. He can probably write "better" lyrics. He can probably play more instruments and play them better than Mike. But IMHO, in their prime, Mike was a better performer (although I'm sure Prince could probably let Mike have it in concert today.)
Would you say Hammer or Vanilla Ice are more talented than RUN-DMC?
In a word, "HELL NO". But, while Hammer was a more
talented dancer - the total package of Run-DMC - IMHO - put on a better show!