the Rock Hall and people did not celebrate it. When the press came knocking (for our induction) I said, ‘Before you come talk to me, you need to talk to Grandmaster Flash and spend the next three months talking to them.’ Magazines like the Source, XXL…they should have been the front cover. I’m happy that we’re in, but I’m not happy about how my people handled them. This is history, and to this day, Melle Mel is better than 90 percent of all the rappers out now.” [Access Atlanta]
KeKe Palmer is a grown woman and she can do whatever she wants – including maturing in her music. As KeKe films her role as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the TLC biopic, the singer-actress says she’s also hard at work on new music. Music she feels is a better reflection of where she is at her life at this point.
She tells Kontrol magazine: “I always felt so unheard when I was with Atlantic and when I was with Interscope. I always felt like no one really understood me or got who I was as an artist or really believed in it. Now, I feel like I’m finally being heard and the music that I’m making is more reflective of who I am.”
Sounds like dip it, pop it, twirk it, stop it music is on the horizon. That or some music that makes me want to sip wine and sing Toni Braxton’s Secrets. Sign me up either way. [Miss Jia]
One of my all time favorites, Faith Evans, owes the taxman. The state of California filed a tax lien on the First Lady earlier in the year, claiming she owes $29,535.48 in back taxes. Since she has a job, I assume this is just an issue of accounting. If not, don’t worry, Faye, I love you so much I’d put money on your book. [TMZ]
Kelly Rowland’s “Dirty Laundry” has created quite the stir given the song reveals that the Destiny’s Child singer was involved in an abusive relationship. Speaking with 93.9 WKYS in Washington, D.C., Kelly talked more about the song – and what Beyoncé and Michelle Williams made of it.
On “Dirty Laundry”: “It was the place that I was…I was so young. I was so young, I was in a relationship and my head was completely gone. Sometimes in relationships you think as you are at that age. That’s basically what happened with my sister. What matters to me most is what we have. I love her and Michelle more than anything and I’m so grateful for what we have as sisters…away from Destiny’s Child. I played [‘Dirty Laundry’] for her and Michelle. It was endearing. [Beyoncé said,] ‘I never left,’ which was so sweet and I was just like ‘Oh my God!’ It was endearing and it was real. She heard how real I was and she was just like ‘I’m so proud of you.’” [So Furious]
Our thoughts and prayers go out to André 3000 and family on the loss of his mother, Sharon Benjamin-Hodo. A representative for the Outkast star confirmed reports that Sharon died in her sleep early Tuesday at her Georgia home – a day after his birthday. She was 58. [The YBF]
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick