A Parent’s Guide to Music Your Kids Like: Mindless BehaviorFrederick J. Goodall
The group of teenagers, Princeton, Prodigy, Ray Ray, and Roc Royal, released their debut album ,”#1 Girl” in 2011. It debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Since then, the group which incorporates elements of hip-hop, R&B, and pop, has made a huge impact in the entertainment business.
On the strength of their hit singles, “My Girl,” “Mrs. Right” and “Girls Talkin’ Bout,” Mindless Behavior has opened for top-tier acts such as Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson, and Backstreet Boys. In 2012, the group headlined their own 25-city tour and recently released a concert film, “Mindless Behavior: All Around the World.”
Since my 15-year-old cousin loves Mindless Behavior, I asked her to craft a few questions for the band. After reading their answers (and listening to their music), you will understand why your child may also be one of their biggest fans.
How did you form Mindless Behavior?
Princeton: Four years ago, our mangers Keisha Gamble and Walter Millsap held an audition and that’s where Roc and I met. Our Choreographer Dave Scott discovered Prodigy on YouTube. A couple of months later, Ray Ray auditioned and was added to the group. We’ve been together almost every day since then.
How did you come up with your stage names?
Princeton: Our managers came up with the names. They started calling me Princeton because I’m always collecting musical facts and I love learning about the history behind certain types of music.
Prodigy: I got the name Prodigy because of how easily I catch on to anything pertaining to music, whether is singing, dancing, making beats, it just clicks for me every time.
Ray Ray: My name was actually already Ray Ray when I joined the group so the team decided it would be a good fit to keep it.
Roc Royal: I got the name because I rap and Roc is the tougher side of me. The Royal side is the side for the ladies, my softer side.
Tell us about your songwriting process.
Prodigy: Our production team at Conjunction, Walter Millsap, and Candice Nelson write and produce most of our material. We typically sit with them and discuss things we’d like to talk about, different experiences we’re having and they create the music around us.
What do you enjoy most about being in the group?
Prodigy: Being able to perform for thousands of cheering fans is the greatest feeling.
Roc Royal: Being able to mentor younger fans who look up to us. By encouraging others to be “Mindless” and follow their dreams is definitely a cool part about being famous.
Princeton: Just being able to travel the world and experience so many different things and cultures is cool. Touching fans all over the world is amazing.
Ray Ray: For me, being able to perform, meet other artist, share their experiences and learn from them is cool. If we weren’t famous, we wouldn’t be able to stand next to people like Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Janet (Jackson), or even President Obama. Those are very cool moments.
Mindless Behavior 1 of 7Ray Ray, Princeton, Prodigy and Roc Royal of Mindless Behavior arrive as AwesomenessTV presents the Los Angeles Premiere of "Mindless Behavior: All Around The World" at Universal CityWalk on Sunday, March 10, 2013 (Brandon Clark/ABImages)
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Princeton in concert 3 of 7© 2013 Imgur, LLC
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Mindless Behavior on stage 6 of 7Mindless Behavior performs as AwesomenessTV presents the Los Angeles Premiere of "Mindless Behavior: All Around The World" at Universal CityWalk on Sunday, March 10, 2013(Brandon Clark/ABImages)
Princeton gets the audience involved 7 of 72013 (Brandon Clark/ABImages)
What do you like to do in you spare time?
Princeton: I play piano and just started learning guitar. I like to hang out with my friends too.
Roc Royal: I like to spend time with my friends playing football, and hanging out with my dogs.
Prodigy: I love hanging out with my family and friends.
Ray Ray: I love to draw and hang out with friends and do some shopping too.
What has been the most interesting place you’ve traveled to?
Princeton: London. I love going to London.
Roc Royal: I would have to say Paris,France
Ray Ray: For me it’s Paris and London
Prodigy: I love Paris. The people there are so different in a good way.
Who are some of you musical idols?
Prodigy: Michael Jackson
Princeton: Prince and Michael Jackson
Roc Royal: Michael Jackson
Ray Ray: Michael Jackson
Do you ever get tired of fans?
Ray Ray: Absolutely not. We love our fans. We’re always on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram interacting with the fans.
Princeton: In every city, we like to hang out with our fans when we can. MB has the best fans hands down.
To learn more about Mindless Behavior, visit their website.