The best performance at the Cleveland leg of the Scream Tour (11/18, State Theatre) was by far Crown World/RCA/Sony recording artist, Jacob Latimore’s. His show was full of energy and had the polish of an artist who has been touring for years. In actuality, this is Jacob’s first tour. Before the show, I had the opportunity to interview the gracious and talented 15-year old R&B singer/actor:
Brownie: Some media outlets are calling you the “next Chris Brown.” How do you feel about the comparison?
Jacob Latimore: I don’t mind the comparison. I just want people to know my name, Jacob Latimore. I don’t want everyone to say ‘Oh, that’s that next Justin Beiber.’ I don’t want that to be my name. I want them to say ‘Oh, that’s Jacob Latimore.’
Brownie: Do your parents have professional roles in your career?
Jacob Latimore: All the time. My dad and my mom play a part in my management. They’re always on the road with me too.
Brownie: Do you rep Atlanta as your hometown as well as Milwaukee?
Jacob Latimore: I don’t rep Atlanta as my hometown. I rep Milwaukee as my hometown. Atlanta is where I live.
Brownie: What’s the best part of being on the road?
Jacob Latimore: Meeting all different kinds of fans, and being surprised at how many people know me and know my songs; great venues every night… and sold-out shows.
Brownie: Tell me about “Young Man on Campus” (BET’s “Reed Between the Lines” spinoff airing 2012 and staring Jacob Latimore).
Jacob Latimore: It’s about a 15-year old boy in college, and he’s just really dealing with that– being the youngest guy on campus.
Brownie: What’s your debut album called and when does it drop?
Jacob Latimore: It’s untitled right now, but scheduled to drop Spring 2012.
Brownie: What can fans expect from the album?
Jacob Latimore: My music is gonna be a little more edgier than usual. It’s not inappropriate edgy, but it’s not kiddie. Everyone can listen to it.
Brownie: Do you have a message for your fans?
Jacob Latimore: Keep God first, chase your dreams, and everything will pay off.