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A charismatic singer and songwriter who, for several years, was closely associated with the Neptunes, Kelis arrived at the tail-end of the '90s and left an immediate impression with her first solo single, "Caught Out There" -- a Top Ten R&B single with a frank and screamed chorus. While her other Top Ten R&B single, 2003's Grammy-nominated "Milkshake," was also something of a novelty hit -- and also produced by the Neptunes -- Kelis released some of the most creative R&B albums of the late '90s and 2000s. In the 2010s, she took left turns that defied expectations and remained a fascinating, unpredictable artist. Bred in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood, Kelis Rogers left home at 16 and landed a deal with Virgin four years later. She appeared in August 1999 with a featured role on Ol' Dirty Bastard's Neptunes-produced single "Got Your Money." Her debut album, Kaleidoscope, was out by the end of the year, produced entirely by the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. It peaked at only number 144 in the U.S. but went gold in the U.K. Two years later, she teamed up with the Neptunes once again for Wanderland. The album was issued in Europe only. Political reworkings within the U.S. wing of Virgin prevented a stateside release, which compelled Kelis to leave for Arista. Released in 2003, Tasty yielded the Top Ten hit "Milkshake," yet another Neptunes production. The song was nominated for a 2004 Grammy award in the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance. After Kelis married Nas (a relationship that would last roughly four years), Kelis Was Here was released in 2006 through Jive, led by the duly assertive "Bossy" and featuring a verse from Too Short. The album spawned no other hits, and it would be her last studio work for the label, despite its nomination for a Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy. Jive subsequently packaged The Hits, a mix of singles and album cuts that also featured some of the singer's most popular collaborations, such as "Get Your Money," N.E.R.D.'s "Truth or Dare," and Richard X's "Finest Dreams." Between 2006 and 2010, Kelis indulged her other passion, cookery -- enrolling at and eventually graduating from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school as a fully qualified chef. In 2010 she returned to music, signing to Interscope through the music group and releasing Flesh Tone (2010), an EDM-flavored set featuring productions from David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Boys Noize, Diplo, and Jean Baptiste. It peaked at number five on Billboard's club chart. The following year, she sang on Calvin Harris' single "Bounce," which hit number two on the U.K. singles chart. In 2013, Kelis announced that she had signed with Ninja Tune, a cult British label known for its electronica releases. She linked up with Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio and emerged the following year with the album Food, released in April. Compared to her earlier R&B work, the album was relatively raw with a couple stylistic diversions and a number of food-related song titles, such as the single "Jerk Ribs." Around that time, she presented the program Saucy & Sweet for the Cooking Channel. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andy Kellman
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    Breakup Songs

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    Pop Remixes

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    '00s Hip-Hop

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  1.   Song
  2.   Milkshake
  3.   Got Your Money
  4.   Jerk Ribs
  5.   Bossy by Too $hort
  6.   Trick Me
  7.   4th of July (Fireworks)
  8.   Get Along With You
  9.   Goodbyes
  10.   Acapella
  11.   Young, Fresh N' New
  12.   Millionaire
  13.   Runnin'
  14.   Caught Out There
  15.   Breakfast
  16.   Keep It Down
  17.   Mafia
  18.   Dreamer
  19.   Segue 6
  20.   Blindfold Me
  21.   Living Proof
  22.   80's Joint
  23.   Stick Up
  24.   Glow
  25.   Popular Thug
  26.   In the Morning
  27.   Game Show
  28.   Intro
  29.   Medley: Get Along with You / Good Stuff / Glow
  30.   Rumble
  31.   Change
  32.   Friday Fish Fry
  33.   Bless the Telephone
  34.   Cobbler
  35.   Hooch
  36.   Floyd
  37.   Forever Be
  38.   Segue 5
  39.   Scream
  40.   Home
  41.   Emancipate
  42.   Brave
  43.   22nd Century
  44.   Aww S***! by Smoke
  45.   [Untitled Track]
  46.   Appreciate Me
  47.   Handful
  48.   Lil Star by C-Lo
  49.   Circus
  50.   What's That Right There
  51.   Brass in Pocket
  52.   Marathon
  53.   Rolling Through the Hood
  54.   Attention
  55.   Sugar Honey Iced Tea
  56.   Protect My Heart
  57.   In Public
  58.   Good Stuff
  59.   Suspended
  60.   Mars
  61.   Ghetto Children
  62.   I Want Your Love
  63.   No Turning Back
  64.   Roller Rink
  65.   Wouldn't You Agree by Justin Vince
  66.   Flash Back
  67.   Till the Wheels Fall Off
  68.   Truth Or Dare
  69.   Feeling Good (Intro)
  70.   Biscuits N' Gravy
  71.   Segue 4
  72.   Segue 3
  73.   Song for the Baby
  74.   Have a Nice Day
  75.   I Don't Think So
  76.   Weekend
  77.   Segue 2
  78.   Trilogy
  79.   Who's Lovin' You
  80.   Like You
  81.   Segue 1
  82.   Bounce

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