Robin Thik talks about his dream collaboration with Jelen Rose

After my interview with Robin Theick, I came to a conclusion. It seemed clear to me that his father, the late “Growing Pains” actor, Alan Thick, a resident of Ontario, must have been running a boarding house for adventurous Canadian superstars south of the northern border.

Exhibit A: Wayne Gretzky. In 1988, when he was traded to LA Kings, he was living in Thaik’s home and was basically raising Robin as a child. Imagine a great morning with a bowl of Lucky Charms inging you up and reminding you to brush your teeth?

But Robin was also an unconscious player in the story of Gretzky’s blockbuster trade from the Edmonton Oilers. Alan took Robin’s older brother to Russia for 10 days, and Gretzky and his soon-to-be wife, Janet Jones, stayed in Chase Thiki for the summer, even after they slept in Allen’s room. Robin was attending Joe Torre’s baseball camp that day, and when the phone rang he was leaving the house. It was Bruce McNaul, the former owner of LA Kings, who was also a friend of Alan.

Robin told me, “She wants me to wake up Wayne.” “I’m fine, so I’m knocking on the door, ‘Wayne, Wayne.’ I’m 10 years old … 11 years old. And so Wayne got the phone call and I went to camp. I’m back from camp and Wayne is on a podium in Edmonton. Say he’s traded and he’s crying. And I want, ‘Holy key’! Bruce McNaul had a phone number. And I got Wayne on the phone. So Edmonton will never forgive me, that’s for sure … the part I played for. “

What an insane story.

Then when I asked him about Canadian artists Celine Dion and Shania Twain, he said that his father was close to producer David Foster, so in the early days he was around Dion. Twain stayed at their guesthouse for two weeks when he first came to Los Angeles to make a record deal. “He lived at home. He is part of us as part of our Canadian brothers, ”Robin said. I feel that Canadian DNA was more famous than the Canadian Walk of Fame.

Most men wouldn’t say it, but Robin is just a dope. She’s got extremely great hair, model good looks, quick style and off-chart talent but she has an underlying cool element that you just can’t teach. He is the whole package. And in addition to her own hits, (my personal favorite “Lost with You”) she has collaborated with many R&B artists, including Farrell Williams, Usher, Brandy and Mary J. Blog. During the recent episode of “The Masked Singer” where Robin is a judge, we learned that BH Austin Green of “BH 90210” was a hip-pop duo as a teenager, Think Twice. Nick Cannon jokingly referred to them as “White Chris Cross”

This cool element helped him become one of the few white artists in R&B, which has always been a black genre. Then he and Justin Timberlake came. To be a minority in any place, such as Bubba Wallace of NASCAR, Tiger Woods of Golf, Christian McCaffrey running back in the NFL, you are always moving away from the status quo and making changes in places that are probably not ready for it. Robin was apparently a natural.

Although he credits his creative partner, the late Andre Harrell, for his maturity as an artist, he comes from a long line of musicians, and it comes from the judges.

“As it turns out, from my mother’s family, we have about six generations of musicians … My grandfather was a jazz Trump player. His father was a jazz Trump player. So, you know, we’ve been trying to be black for generations.”

But I told him we had already drafted him a few decades ago.

Robin Thick and Gerigetti images of love in April

Robin is a busy man. His girlfriend, April Love Gerry, has just given birth to a son, Luke, who is his fourth child. And he has released a song “Fire It Up” which is part of the NFL “Song .To” campaign in collaboration with Rock Nation.

One thing he would like to add to his schedule: a studio session with Drake. In his first mix, Canadian artist Robin’s “Teach a Lesson” spread over the song. “I want to make an original record with Drake because I’m such a big fan.”

That shouldn’t be a problem because he and Drake have a lot in common. They both have Canadian roots and they are both huge NBA fans. Robin even sang at Chris Paul’s 2011 wedding in front of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. It was here that he met Kevin Hart, who cast him in “The Real Husband of Hollywood.”

But since he’s such a big Lakers fan, I had to gauge his hoops IQ and ask him how many championship teams LeBron is going to win. For his accomplishments, he didn’t just give me a fan answer. He thinks if everyone was healthy, LeBron would have won another championship there, probably this season. But later this year, the pieces may be different and it’s all in the air.

If he had been all fans of me I would have taught him, but he got it. Perhaps next year he and Drake can perform their new single to celebrate the Lakers Championship – a celebration we hope fans will attend and cheer loudly.

Detroit native Jalen Rose is a member of the iconoclastic Fab Five at the University of Michigan, which rocked the world of college hoops in the early 1990s. He played 13 seasons in the NBA before turning into a media personality. Rose is currently an analyst for “NBA Countdown” and “Get Up” and co-host of “Jalen and Jacobi”. He produced “The Fab Five” for the executive ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, author of the best-selling book, “Give People What They Want,” a fashion taste maker and co-founder of the Jelen Rose Leadership Academy. , A public charter school in his town.


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