¿Quién es Kelis?
Born August Rogers, 21 August 1980, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. American vocalist August (pronounced Kuh-Lease) made a dramatic impact on the European market in 1999 with her debut single, "Caught Out There". Dubbed the modern equivalent of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and popularly perceived as "I Hate You So Much Right Now" - from the screamed invective/chorus that disrupted the staccato, futuristic R&B track - the single assuredly positioned the vocalist in a recent lineage that included Tlc Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Lauryn Hill and Macy Gray. An accompanying video made the singer's anger all the more explicit: her errant partner is shown bruised, bloodied and ultimately hospitalized. In the song's second verse, a gun is cocked while August endearingly coos "I've got somethin' for y'all'. The sometime Ol" Dirty Bastard collaborator's nickname of Thunder Bitch seemed well utilized.
The attendant debut Kaleidoscope was a similarly strident, graphic and lavishly styled collection of visionary R&B, funk, soul and hip-hop. The Eastern-influenced love song "Mafia" transformed a near-obligatory fixation with gang culture into disturbingly obsessive hip-hop romanticism on which August pledges to die for her racketeering lover while on "Mars', the singer contemplates an escape to another planet but, in a grand statement of intent, opts to stay put and 'conquer the world' instead. Blending live musicianship with clipped, deceptively simple beats and corrupted playground melodies and orchestration, August' New York writing/production team the Neptunes (aka Pharrell Williamsand Chad Hugo) were revealed - like Elliott's collaborator Timbaland - to be redefining modern soul/R&B production. More importantly, the release confirmed UK newspaper The Guardian"s assertion that hip-hop and R&B are the only places where you can hear genuinely feminist pop anymore.
Unfortunately support had drifted considerably by the time of the follow-up Wanderland's release in 2001, which failed to ignite any sales sparks and was only made available on import in her homeland. August regrouped and signed a new recording contract with the Neptunes' Star Trak label. She appeared on the Neptunes' Clones compilation and completed a more commercially-orientated collection of material for her third album, Tasty. Released in December 2003, the album included her US breakthrough with the catchy Top 5 single, "Milkshake".[ Enviar edición ]