In a perfectly-timed PR opportunity/coincidence, Next lead singer RL found himself face to face with the 21-year-old Nicholas Fraser, who has made become an overnight celebrity of sorts by turning Next’s biggest song, Too Close into a now-viral Vine clip.
Comedian Lil Duval was on hand to capture RL’s quick and funny reaction to meeting the young comedian.
Although all seemed well in the short video, RL says he’s actually not too happy about someone turning his “life’s work” into a joke. He elaborated on his annoyance with the parody song during a recent episode of the #YouKnowIGotSoul R&B podcast:
“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…”
It doesn’t sound like RL is a fan of the parody song but how upset can he really be if he went out of his way to post the video of his reaction to meeting Nicholas on his own IG page?