No, no, no. Sit down. I am not about to get in a long winded rant on Beyonce. Quite the contrary. Today's headline is about of a trio of women. Each of whom are noted for either their beauty, their brains or their ambition.
She would be the beauty. After listening to Kelis Was Here, her most recent CD, I was sure Kelis would make some noise with music lovers. The album is bangin'. But every time I try to sell someone on it, I realized that I'd always have to pull out her trump card to keep their attention; her beauty. Vocally, Kelis ain't shattering glass no time soon. But her visual is quite sickening. Her new image took her sexy up about three or four notches and reinvention among black girls is a hard thing to pull off.
Soon I began to realize that Kelis' style and beauty is her gimmick. It is her selling point and at the end of the day you can't call up beauty on your playlist. Personality-wise she is cold fish; leaving a lot to be desired. Already rumors are flying that she'll be signing with Def Jam as soon as Jive finishes chewing her up and spitting her out. Hmmm, I wonder how she tastes.
Michelle is Destiny's Child's snapple. Like Ashanti, she isn't #1 (Coke) and she isn't #2 (Pepsi). She's #3... with an appeal and taste all of her own. Michelle is who I would discern is the smartest in the group. The story goes that she was pawned off on Destiny's Child by Monica whom she used to sing background for. Her real name supposedly isn't Michelle but I remember in an interview a few years back she told a reporter that it didn't matter that she had to change her name, and it didn't matter that she wasn't the lead. All that mattered to her was she got to travel the world and sing... getting paid was just a bonus. Smart girl, although I am sure that footage has been destroyed.
Despite what is reported on other websites, the song -- "Love Thang" -- that is floating around the internet is NOT a new song by Michelle. Although she is reportedly recording, Michelle is building her own audience through speaking engagements, professional team sports ownership and staying as far away from (DING!) as possible. Kelly, are you paying attention?
Although Ciara has proven to be both smart and beautiful, it's her ambition that keeps her afloat the most. Her voice, airy and light at best. However, her drive to succeed in an already overcrowded field helped her find an open lane. A lane that is part Janet Jackson and part Aaliyah. Janet herself even admits that Ciara's most recent video "Get Up" from the Step Up soundtrack reminds her of herself.
Ciara, with the help of peeps like Jazze Pha, Missy Elliott and Bangladesh made a dollar out of fifteen cents. There is no way you first heard "Goodies" and thought she would have one of the most-anticipated sophomore CDs. Her upcoming album is titled Evolution. I for one am very interested in seeing if indeed she experiences an evolution. "Get Up" is very "Goodies" but it's for a soundtrack and I am sure the movie house paid for a familiar Ciara. But trust, we are watching... and waiting.
The new joint of the day "Beautiful Transformation" is by Brooke Hogan featuring Stacks and of course it's produced by Scott Storch.