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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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    1 song

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Top Songs by

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

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