Well, it's gotten hot-hot-hot with the political topics so I think it's time for a break with an old school throwback to Michel'le
. Yeah, I know you remember her - the girl with the peculiar, high-pitched, speaking voice but powerhouse vocals.
Born Michel'le Toussaint and of Louisiana Creole heritage, the Los Angeles-based R&B singer was the once girlfriend of Dr. Dre
. She was heavily rooted in the West Coast hip-hop scene, mainly N.W.A.
Dre and Eazy-E produced her debut, self-titled album, which would spawn three top ten R&B Billboard hits and one top ten Billboard Hot 100 hit.
Allmusic.com points out that Michel'le was quite ahead of her time: "Arguably, the singer was ahead of her time. Before Mary J. Blige was exalted as the 'Queen of Hip-Hop Soul' -- and before the rise of Faith Evans and Lauryn Hill -- Michel'le was a young neo-soulstress who had strong ties to the hip-hop world."
Michel'le was somewhat part of the East Coast VS. West Coast feud of the early '90's, however, her second album wasn't released until nine years and did not make the impact of her debut.
Check out a Michel'le interview from 1990. You can hear her that squeaky voice -- it's almost uncomfortable to even hear!
Now this is classic '90's R&B! "Something In My Heart" came out in 1989, but charted at #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991.
Michel'le's biggest hit, "No More Lies", which hit number #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Michel'le's album would go onto sell 1.5 million records and have three hit singles -- makes no sense to me why after all that success the woman never got to release another album till nine years later. As I've said before, the music industry was very harsh on black female artists in the late '80's and early '90's. Imagine if Mary J. would've came out just a few years earlier -- her career might be completely different.