Seems Kelis just released a new joint entitled ‘Acapella”. She is RIDICULOUSLY innovative and talented, yet she is one of the most underrated females in the game. True, singles like Caught Out There, Milkshake, and Bossy have garnered attention from the masses but she tends to be treated like a singles artist when in fact her albums are fire. I would know I, at one time or another, have owned them all except for Kaleidoscope. Singles like Scared Money, Keep it Down, and Have A Nice Day are perfect examples of her range as an artist. Her musical vision knows no bounds, from soulful R&B, skate-park alternative and breezy calypso to electro-clash Ms Kelis done done it all. Yet the public still sleeps, singing the praises of clones and biters while the originals remain in the shadows. I am more than glad that she has some new material out, it’s about time. If she’s Red then I’m Meth. Get emmmm……..
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AGHHHHHHH! That’s my moan of discontent. The whole internet is buzzing about it so I figured I’d put my two cents. Let me just say that these two were my ideal power couple. On thier own, they land among the top of my “Dopest with tha Mostest” list. Nas is one of the reasons I fell in love with hip hop music. I loved hip hop, I grew up on it. But because of Nas I fell head over heels. It was this verse in “I Can” that did it.
“Be, be, ‘fore we came to this country
we were kings and queens, never porch monkeys
There were empires in Africa called Kush
Timbuktu, where every race came to get books
To learn from black teachers who taught Greeks and Romans
Asian Arabs and gave them gold when
Gold was converted to money it all changed
Money them became empowerment for Europeans
The Persian military invaded
They heard about the gold, the teachings, and everything sacred
Africa was almost robbed naked
Slavery was money, so they began making slave ships
Egypt was the place where Alexander The Great went
He was so shocked at the mountains with black faces
Shot up they nose to impose what basically
Still goes on today, you see
If the truth is told, the youth can grow
Then learn to survive until they gain control
Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes
Read more learn more change the globe……”
In all of 1 minute Nas summed up thousands of years of history. He force fed us the most difficult truth we as a whole have yet to acknowledge in a small painless bite. Them jewels were not lost on me. It was at this precise moment in my life I was coming into my own as a young black woman trying to understand why it was so hard to be black and feel like a thing of worth, a thing of beauty. Nas knew why. It was then that I realized the value of hip-hop in the black experience. It is a passing down of history, my unveiled truth, my survival guide. Now Kelis, is just fresh from head to foot. She is the original, before Fergie became the dutchess and Rihanna went bad, Kelis was all over it. Ever since she hit the scene with “Caught Out There” she was giving people the newness, and I loved it. They said real black girls didn’t dye their hair blue in my hood, Kelis did though. Blue, pink, purple and green. She had a flavor like no other and heads just weren’t ready, but now all the chicks is jockin that whole ” My swag is so different it can’t even be called different” aura. I peeped you Cassie. Kelis is definately in my top 3 favorite female artists of all time. She is the only female artist whose entire discography I own, downloaded and store bought.
Beyonce and Jay-Z didn’t have shit on them. If they are the football captain and the head cheerleader, then Nas and Kelis were the brooding loner and the class ditching wild child. That couple that was so mismatched, it was perfect. Now I can only speculate, seeing as how I don’ t know them, but they seemed to me to be the perfect representation of masucline and feminine energies within a union. You have this sexy, intelligent, cool-calm-and-collected ass, rhyme spitting street prophet, and this stunning, rainbow haired, enchanting, intergalactic pop diva. They are individuals whose creative genius was ahead of thier time and even though they enjoy substantial success and fame I still don’t think they get due credit. There should be no argument about the fact that he’s a better lyricist than Jay Z, no contest, and Kelis is so underappreciated in this game it makes me sick. I got nothing but love for them and thanks for the contributions they’ve given us musically.You can tell I had a crush on them, and I’m truly sad to see this is the end. I’m hoping these crazy kids will get it together and keep love alive but it ain’t my life and I don’t run the show, I just watch it……..