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Interview:
LMFAO Takes Motown Genes In New Direction
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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For Redfoo and Sky Blu, the duo who comprise the hip-hop/ dance troupe LMFAO, music is the family business — in a big way.

Redfoo is Stefan Kendal Gordy, one of the eight children of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. Sky Blu — Skyler Austin Gordy — is the son of Berry Gordy IV. But even though they’re progeny of a master music mogul, their familial relationships took precedence.

“He’s my grandfather, you know?” says Sky Blu. “I played basketball with him. I played chess with him and joked around and I never knew how famous my family was for a long time.

“Then, in third grade I was in my history class and I looked in a book and saw a picture and a whole section on my grandfather and Motown. And I was like, ‘That’s my grandfather! I was with him yesterday and we played chess,’ and the whole class was like, ‘What?!’ And the teacher was like, ‘Oh my God, your last name is Gordy.”

Sky Blu quickly learned to be discreet with that information, however.

“People started treating me differently when they knew,” he says. “So I never let anybody know who my family is. I love my family to death, but I can’t have people love me for who my family is, you know? If they love me, it has to be for me.”

Redfoo and Sky Blu are getting some love for LMFAO, though, which had a hit in 2008 with the song “I’m in Miami... ” and followed with a debut album, “Party Rock,” in July — as well as an appearance on the electronic group Crystal Method’s “Divided By Light.” It’s certainly a different, and more explicit, kind of sound than is usually associated with Motown, but Sky Blu says there’s been nothing but support from the elder Gordy.

“He doesn’t like us saying some stuff in front of kids,” Sky Blue notes, “but he’s proud of us and he’s loving it. We hear, ‘Man, you guys got it!’ and stuff like that, which makes us feel really good.

“And sometimes he sees these pictures of us with the girls, and they’re in bathing suits and we’re grabbing their booties and everything. He looks at that and is like, ‘Wow, why didn’t you invite me to these places?’ He’s a really funny guy.”



LMFAO, Shwayze, Far East Movement, Paradiso Girls and Space Cowboy perform Friday (Nov. 27) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www. clutchcargos.com.

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