Carl Thomas


While it seems that Bad Boy is falling apart all around him, Carl Thomas may be the artist that can save it. The Chicago native is best known for lacing two popular rap tracks with his sultry vocals — Biggie’s “The World Is Filled With Pimps and Hoes, ” and the remix of Puffy’s “Been Around the World.” Even when competing with the throbbing tracks and the personalities rapping over them, Thomas’ voice stood out. His newest single, “I Wish,” comes off his long-awaited debut album, due this summer. It’s the kind of soul you’ve probably been wishing for for a long time — it’s insistent, infused with the kind of raw emotion and distinctive vocals that make for music that takes a hold of you and refuses to let you forget it.

While Thomas is mysterious about his current love life, (we do know he’s left Chicago behind to take up residence in Brooklyn) he has plenty to say about love. After reading this, you’ll be compelled to hear his music because even in conversation, he’s sexy and sincere — an irresistible combination. He’s living proof that there are still soul singers who make records about real, complicated, grown-up emotions instead of today’s adolescent pleading for sex. Here he talks about love, sex and relationship, and why Murphy’s Oil soap is a necessity. Welcome to Carl Thomas.

“My definition of love? It’s a manifestation of how you feel about someone. I think that true love is definitely given from God. I think that love is what you make it. I think it’s also what you perceive it to be. And in the middle of all that, love feels exactly how it feels. It feels a lot of ways at times. Love represents itself in my life in many different ways: my family, my music, my God There is time when love can hurt and love can frustrate you. But all in all, it’s exactly what you make it.”

” It is a doing, it’s not a saying, you know. It’s way more of a verb, as opposed to a talking or a pondering. I believe true love to be confident. You know how sometimes you experience that gray area if you not sure. I’ve been there before. A lot of young, young kids, regardless of what they say they feel about love, they’re all in a search for an introduction to it. Because when you do find it, no matter how young or how old, your introduction to it is so untainted it’s almost overwhelming. It’s before we’ve been hit with the ice of experience. For the guys, before we learn anything about that playa mentality, it’s really pure when its puppy love, when it’s that school thing — when nobody can say anything bad to you about that person. I believe true love to be cooperative. There are plenty of individuals who bury themselves in occupations, people who allow things outside of themselves to define them. That’s just an example because it’s easy for people to bury themselves in things to just turn that off. So

metimes people bury themselves in church — I don’t need no man, I don’t need no woman. Bury themselves in family — anything to forget about what really makes you happy.”

“Ultimately, I think it has something to do with each other but its definitely different for each person. I just try to sing about different aspects [of love] from the begging aspects to the ‘I don’t want it no more.’ I think sometimes we [soul singers] don’t know more about love but we might know a little bit more about expressing it. You become a soul singer because it gratifies you. I’m doing what I’m doing because it gratifies me and it makes me happy. The bottom line to you doing this interview and me making a record is that is makes us feel good. I feel good getting up on stage in front of people and just entertaining them and making them feel good. It’s my desire to just make you feel sexy, because I want to live a sexy lifestyle. I just do. I think it’s sexy because I don’t care what anybody thinks about it. I don’t care. I think that’s the sexiest thing about it. My ability to respectfully know how much I don’t care about what people about what makes me happy.”