R&B singer and songwriter K. Michelle released her highly anticipated debut album Rebellious Soul two weeks ago and the project debuted high on the charts, selling 72,000 copies in its first week. It was good enough to land her the number one spot on the R&B charts and the number two spot on the Billboard Top 200.
In 2008, K. Michelle signed her first record deal with Jive Records. The following year, she was introduced to the urban music audience as the protégé of Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter R. Kelly. After releasing her singles “Fakin It” featuring Missy Elliott,“ “I just Can’t Do This” and “How Many Times,” people started comparing her to Mary J Blige and Keyshia Cole because their music is similar and represents the struggle that some young Black and Latino females in the inner cities experience.
In October 2011, Jive Records along with Arista and J Records, shut down and all their artists were moved to RCA Records. But K. Michelle was left without a music home. She had asked to be brought out of her Jive contract by RCA Records and her debut album, which was then entitled Pain Medicine, never saw the light of day.
K. Michelle refused to be counted out. She continued to promote her previous mixtapes, What’s The 901, For Colored Girls/Pre-Pain Medicine, and Signed, Sealed, & Delivered. In 2012, she joined the cast of Mona Scott Young’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta reality show. She used the show as a platform to rebuild her music career and brand. In that same year, she released a new mixtape, entitled 0 F’s Given. Reality television worked for K. Michelle. It actually helped her to sign a new deal with Warner Bros. Records, whose artists have all since been moved to Atlantic Records.
Earlier in the spring, K. Michelle released the album’s first single “V.S.O.P” which was followed by the album’s second single “I Don’t Like Me”. On the emotional track, the Memphis, Tennessee-bred exposes her insecurities, low self-esteem and sings about having sex with a man without being in a relationship with him. In my opinion, the top three standout tracks on the album are “My Life,” “Can’t Raise A Man” and “Pay My Bills”. On “My Life,” she sings about some of the issues in the inner cities including the large number of young males being murdered. On “Can’t Raise A Man,” she sings about being in a relationship with a man doesn’t means that the woman can change him because honestly, “a man is always going to do what he wants”. “Pay My Bills” is strictly for the grown and sexy. She sings about getting intimate with her partner. Rebellious Soul is a good album and worth the buy.
Words by Don Bleek
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