We’ve seen him burning up the stage on The Voice. We’ve witnessed his creative development virtually explode before our very eyes. Now DR King is ready for the next stage of his career, and with his new single “Love is a Drug,” featuring Jackie Foster, he’s ready to take his rightful place in the royal family of pop music. DR King has had to travel a long road to get to this point in his musical evolution, and the journey has not be in vein. In “Love is a Drug,” he not only cements his status as one of R&B most talented young voices but clarifies himself as much more than a reality television star.
“Love is a Drug” sees the reunion of King and Foster for the first time since their meeting on season 14 of The Voice, and the artistic spark between them has only grown in the time since. King doesn’t hoard all of the attention to himself in this song and has no trouble sharing the spotlight alongside Foster, whose contribution to this track is just as significant as King’s in every possible way. While I don’t know them personally, I have feeling these two are pretty good friends outside of the studio, as it takes a unique kinship to be able to make this kind of music together.
To be completely honest, when I first saw King on The Voice I couldn’t help but feel like he was too talented for a format as intensely limiting as network reality TV. I will say that I saw a lot of improvement during his time on the program, but in the same breathe I would have to suggest that his growth would have come just the same if he would have been out playing gigs instead of competing every week for the adulation of millions of viewers. When you’ve got the skills he does, it’s never a question of how you’ll get to the top, but merely when.
The biggest problem with pop music right now is the total lack of interesting characters being highlighted by the establishment. DR King is a colorfully original artist who isn’t shy about wearing his emotions on his sleeve, and that’s sadly become pretty rare in contemporary pop (for whatever reason, I have no idea). He’s got the smooth voice and the earnest personality that it takes to lead a generation boldly into the future, and I think that’s exactly what he intends on doing over the course of his next few releases.
Music is an all-powerful force that knows no boundaries when it comes to affecting the world and everyone in it. It takes someone with a lot of heart to be able to harness this power and use its capabilities for good, and “Love is a Drug” is DR King’s way of saying that he’s more than up for the task. I don’t know when I’m going to get it, but I really want to hear more from this young man. The future is now, and at the moment it looks like it belongs to one Donald Ray “DR” King.