She’s a Grammy winner, has sold over 40 million records around the world, is the former star of Moesha and currently starring in Chicago on Broadway. But Brandy‘s resumé still wasn’t enough to impress the people on the New York City subway system, clearly a hardened group who never tuned in to UPN.
The subway car Brandy and her camera-toting pal boarded was a bad choice because the passengers were clearly all in ignore mode. Sure, they may not have recognized the singer in her gym clothes and sunglasses but anyone who had a radio in the mid-’90s should’ve known it was the girl-now-woman behind “I Wanna Be Down” and one-half of the monster hit “The Boy is Mine.”
Maybe because they’re just used to a capella groups breaking out into song or dancers climbing the poles, so this random gal in a hoodie, who had previously been talking to herself, belting out Whitney Houston‘s “Home” didn’t exactly make the impact she was hoping for.
“What ya’ll thought of that?” Brandy asked the crowd. “Ya’ll think that was cool?”
Nothing but crickets.
She then asked, “Hello? Nobody heard me singing? Nobody cares? OK. Wow. I just gave that my all and nobody said nothing,” before her tone took on a mocking one, adding, “The people in New York are so rude, like, oh my God. I just sang from the heart.”
She did get some constructive criticism from one passenger. “You have a whole city, this is a warm city, ready to embrace you. But you gotta go out and embrace it,” he told Brandy. “We’ve seen this a million times. You’ve gotta do something different.” Aw. Who doesn’t love this guy?
Brandy posted it on her YouTube page and, naturally, social media got in on the action.
Some called her performance undercover.
— Deanna Fry (@DeannaFryTV) July 14, 2015
Some defended her honour.
Please don’t shade Brandy about singing on the subway. Obviously she wasn’t trying that hard to be seen or heard. She was playing around
— LANGSTON JOHN BLAZE (@LangstonJBlaze) July 14, 2015
Some weren’t wowed.
@TheRoot In fairness to the talented Brandy & her lovely rendition, I’ve seen many more impressive NYC subway vocal performances than that.
— Kevin Gallagher (@KevG163) July 14, 2015
Some didn’t get it.
why did brandy look so scared on the subway she wasn’t driving it
— pascalle (@frenchielaboozi) July 14, 2015
And some just didn’t care.
Brandy out here doing free shows on the subway and no one knows who she ishttps://t.co/PgXADtjmAM
— MJ (@Markese_J) July 13, 2015