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Kelis Toots Own Horn, We’re Left Scratching Our Heads


I like Kelis. I adore her quirky, no-holds-barred, you-can-hate-if-you-want-to-hate, husky voiced way of doing things. She's never really been the type to need to defend what she does, namely because she doesn't care what you think any damn way. I love that. Despite all of this, Kelis recently gave an interview to the Associated Press and made a statement that I found at the very least a tad bit interesting.
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When asked how Kelis went from singing about her "Milkshake" to making a top-selling dance album, she replied:

I hate to toot my horn, but if you look at where music was as far females and what's Top 40 radio and whatever, where it was before "Milkshake," versus after, I mean you kind of have to be retarded to deny that it literally changed female vocalists.

Pause.

I'm sorry. You singing about your "Milkshake," a song that even my Dad was found to be humming around the house one day, was a fun, infectious pop tune. I will give you this, Kelis. Your claiming that it I must be retarded to deny myself that this song "literally changed female vocalists" is a bit wacky. That's the equivalent of claiming that Grace Jones, Etta James, Betty Davis, Millie Jackson and countless others never existed. Or that women haven't been singing about shaking their money makers and demanding that you love it but don't touch it unless you want to get burned for eons now.
Before the stans come out, let me say this: I loved her last video. And I will give her the props of acknowledging that she was the one of the first women to rock this now ubiquitous haircut. But give her the credit of "changing female vocalists" who came after her? I can't go for that. It's possible this interview was edited and there's something I'm not able to piece together with the information I've been given. It may also be possible that all that hair dye has gone to her head. No matter. I still have love for you, Kelis. Granted, you did later say during the same interview that "The reality is, I get in trouble for stuff I say all the time because I am honest." In this case, however, a little more honesty from us to you may be the balm your inflated ego needs right now.

"Kelis wants to start a dance revolution with album" [AP]


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10 Responses

  1. delusional bitch

  2. Oh yeah, that's a pretty odd statement. She does have a bit of Jamiroquai/Jason Kay moment in that 4th of July video though. She's sporting the Indian head dress, and then right after has a laser effect which looks A LOT like the cover of Jamiroquai's "Funk Odyssey" album. Coincidence? I'm having a hard time thinking yes....

  3. maybe she just meant that it changed the sound of the music in Top 40 radio as far as female artists. I don't think she meant that she "vocally" influenced female vocalists or that the concept of the song was original. She may have just been saying that she brought that whole "singing about shaking their money makers and demanding that you love it but don't touch it unless you want to get burned" back to popularity. Of course you did mention that they may have edited the interview and not included everything she said.

  4. Personally I wish she'd take her cut of Nas' money and leave the industry altogether. Her last album was horrible, so if she's changing female vocalists, she's probably right. They're all silent.

  5. delusional b*tch? it's not that serious. who knows what's going on in that tortured, creative mind of hers -- but I believe that she's reaching for validity through over-the-top narcissism. it's cool to feel good about yourself, but believing the hype is the first step towards a slippery slope of craziness.
    "Changing female vocalists" = slippin' and slidin' -- not worthy of the female dog title, but definitely misguided in her self perception.
    That's my .02

  6. one word.................bipolar.

  7. At the time there were no edgey female vocalists like her. Milshake made her known in the US to what the rest of the world already knew. and there damn sure was nothing like Milshake on the radio Neptunes production be damned

  8. If by "literally changed female vocalists" she means that she proved that urban singers of questionable talent can have a hit song singing about nothing, then, yes, Kelis did that. Thanks a whole fuggin lot.

  9. "Changing female vocalists" = slippin' and slidin' -- not worthy of the female dog title, but definitely misguided in her self perception.
    That's my .02
    Fave | July 8, 2010 3:40 PM | Permalink
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  10. Well she doesn't lack a sense of humor.



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