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Pied Piper Watch: Missy Elliot and Jazmine Sullivan

jaz_missy.jpgI get that Missy Elliot could be an important figure for ambitious young singers and performers. She has used her industry pull to propel the careers of her protégés, like Tweet and Ciara, into success they might not have attained without her endorsement. You can't argue that at least some of Jazmine Sullivan's popularity and debut album reaching #6 on the Billboard 200 can be attributed to Missy (who helped get her signed to J Records). However, more of it probably has to do with the fact that Jazmine is exceptionally talented, has put together a solid album and that she's been working toward this moment since she was a child. Since Missy's hyping on "Need U Bad" served its purpose and Jazmine is doing well, their relationship is officially on Pied Piper Watch. The frustrating part of having a protégé is that the endgame is always for them to establish independence from their mentor. Those are the rules. Any future unnecessary reference to or flagrant presence of Missy will be henceforth be deemed suspect. Not sinister, just suspect.


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  1. I couldn't agree with you more.

  2. I can't agree with that because with Tweet and Nicole Wray, Missy was all over the album. As for Jazmine's album, Missy is only on one other track beside "Need You Bad". And honestly that song is the weakest song on Jazmine's CD. If Jazmine has a mentor I would have to say it's Salaam Remi he's all over the album

  3. interesting train of thought ... yeah let's wait and see. "however, more of it probably has to do with the fact that Jazmine is exceptionally talented, has put together a solid album and that she's been working toward this moment since she was a child." .... i'm pretty sure this describes a lot of people. having the eye of missy on you, not so many.
    its kinda like the way it took kanye to get more folks than the ones on the interweb to look at kid sister. they'd both been doing some projects themselves, but that big star association let them out of the basement and into the .... the hallway? yeah i don't know.



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