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Robin Thicke: new recruit

By Shaun Shearer | 03 October 2015

In recent times we've been given another example of an artist who started out with musical integrity, but has ended up being degraded into yet another corporate marionette. We're talking the recent history of Robin Thicke. The same blueprint and tried-and-tested formula can be seen as with so many of his contemporaries.

Robin's father, Alan Thicke, was himself an entertainer. He is best known as a US quiz and talk show host, and as an actor. His mother, Gloria Loring, was also a singer and actress, and his maternal grandparents were a singer and trumpet player respectively. Robin was therefore well-groomed for a showbiz career himself. Appropriately, his brother Brennan also became an actor, and Robin went on to marry the actress Paula Patton.

Robin's own success seemed to be a long time coming. In a 2007 interview for Blues & Soul magazine at the time of his album 'The Evolution Of Robin Thicke', he explained then how he had already been in the business for 14 years trying to make it. He had been mentored early on by the R&B singer Brian McKnight, who had introduced him to Interscope Records supremo Jimmy Iovine. Thicke's 2002 album, known alternately as ‘Cherry Blue Skies’ and ‘Beautiful World’, had been a critical success among his peers, attracting the attention of Pharrell Williams who subsequently produced him on the track 'Wanna Love You Girl' and signed him to his Star Trak label, but it had flopped commercially. At times his lack of success had brought severe bouts of depression. “So I was borderline suicidal," he commented. "I was drinking for breakfast, and the only thing that kept me going was that piano in my house. I’d go over to it and write every day."

Thicke's real breakthrough came with the 'Evolution' album, which showcased his distinctive and classy soulful style, heavy on the falsetto, and drawing on many retro black music influences. “Producing the ‘Evolution’ album was a highly therapeutic experience," he says. "Even up to writing the last few songs, it was all a part of still helping me to believe in myself. Everyone had pretty much written me off and given up on me for the tenth time."

His comments certainly evoke a frustrated artist ready to do whatever it takes to emulate the success of his father. Wikipedia's entry on Robin observes: "Thicke has noted that while his parents did not attempt to dissuade him from his desire to be in the music industry, their own experience with the nature of the entertainment business made them leery in the beginning."

Things continued along the same musical path with the albums 'Something Else', 'Sex Therapy' and 'Love After War'. As previously noted, with artists whose entire personas switch from their roots to a scenario so obviously being directed by the industry's Hidden Hand, it's possible to pinpoint the moment where this upgrade is being announced to the watching public. We can only speculate on what has occurred behind the scenes, but an informed guess would be that the artist in question, allowed to go their own path for a while, has shown themselves to be someone that could be of use in the controllers' ongoing agenda, and they've been either invited or coerced into accessing new levels of success and prominence. Inevitably, the fast-tracking comes with its own price to pay. You're doing what they tell you now.

With Robin Thicke, a symbolic announcement to the world that he had been recruited as one of the industry's chosen ones came with his guest appearance alongside Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV VMA Awards. This event was announcing Miley Cyrus' new slutty makeover as the audience saw the former Hannah Montana star in porn star mode, 'twerking' and flicking her tongue, as Thicke emerged in a black-and-white striped suit and began to grind against her to his song 'Blurred Lines.' Cyrus said in a later interview that Thicke was very much involved in the planning of the performance and 'wanted me as naked as possible,' even helping choose her rubber outfit.

The performance attracted the scrutiny of Vigilant Citizen who, in a thorough dissection, stated that the design of Thicke's suit, besides evoking the black and white/ dark and light/ good and evil imagery alluded to in Freemasonry, was also a mind control programming trigger. This, VC observed, gave the impression of Thicke and Cyrus's relationship as that of a mind control subject and her handler:

"Things got even stranger when Robin Thicke came out to perform 'Blurred Lines.' As its name somewhat stipulates, that song blurs the line between being flirty and all-out creepy. Its video has a strange handler-slave vibe, where Robin, Pharrell and T.I. are all sharply dressed while the women dancing around them are completely naked … and being sung lines such as “You’re an animal”.

"… Forcing slaves to be naked while the masters are dressed is a classic psychological ploy to make slaves feel powerless, vulnerable and inferior."

'Blurred Lines' marked the end of Thicke's previous mellow, soulful style, casting him in new light as a sleazy kind of pimp. The lewdness of the imagery was further enhanced by the flashing of the slogan 'Robin Thicke's got a big dick', (thanks for the information,) on a balloon, and the lyric "you wanna hug me… what rhymes with hug me?' in a video frequently aired on shows watched by children. The sexualisation of ever-earlier age groups continues on.

Shortly after the VMAs performance, Thicke's marriage to actress Paula Patton came to an end amidst claims of his infidelity. He was reported as being in a new relationship with 20-year-old April Love Geary, 16 years his junior.

VC was back on the case with Thicke's follow-up song and video, 'Get Her Back.' observing: 'Get Her Back' appears to be about Robin Thicke trying to win his wife back by being nice and apologetic. However, when one adds the imagery of the video into the mix, it becomes a creepy, disturbing tale of a stalker with violent and suicidal tendencies pathetically harassing an ex-lover … all laced with one-eyed Illuminati symbolism, of course."

Having cited soulful greats such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson as his influences, by 2015, Thicke had begun collaborating with garbage pop artists like Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj, (who had previously guested on another Thicke song, 'Shake It For Daddy'. No comment.) The signs that something had happened to Robin Thicke, going way beyond what could be written off as an artist's 'natural progression' could not be more blatant.

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