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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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    Gay Anthems

    Gay Anthems
    4 songs

    Hot Summer Hits

    Hot Summer Hits
    1 song

    '00s Hip-Hop

    '00s Hip-Hop
    1 song

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    1 song

    '90s R&B

    1 song


    1 song

Albums by

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

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