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Michel'le (R&B)

One of the more interesting urban contemporary vocalists of the late '80s and early '90s, the Los Angeles-based Michel'le was known for having a squeaky, high-pitched speaking voice and an aggressive, full-bodied style of singing. Some people jokingly called her the Betty Boop of urban contemporary, although the Boop comparisons had more to do with her speaking voice than her singing (which could be quite gritty at times). Michel'le, who is best-known for her smash hit "No More Lies," favored a very hip-hop-minded approach to R&B, and that isn't the least bit surprising when you take into consideration the company that she kept. The members of N.W.A. -- especially Dr. Dre and the late Eric "Eazy-E" Wright -- were partly responsible for the success of Michel'le, who pronounces her name "meesh-a-lay." And her manager was music industry veteran Jerry Heller, who was also managing N.W.A. back then.

Arguably, the singer was ahead of her time. Before Mary J. Blige was exalted as the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" -- and before the rise of Faith Evans and Lauryn Hill -- Michel'le was a young neo-soulstress who had strong ties to the hip-hop world. It was in 1989 that Michel'le signed with Eazy-E's Ruthless Records, which was the home of N.W.A. as well as Dallas native the D.O.C. and the female pop-rap group J.J. Fad (of "Supersonic" fame). Ruthless was distributed by different labels, depending on the artist. N.W.A. (one of the most important and influential groups in the history of gangsta rap) went through Priority, while the D.O.C., J.J. Fad, and Michel'le were signed to Ruthless/Atlantic. Although Ruthless was primarily a rap label, Dre and Eazy wanted to branch out into urban contemporary singing; and Michel'le, although quite hip-hop-influenced, was very much an urban contemporary singer. In 1989, Dre produced Michel'le's self-titled debut album; Eazy served as executive producer, while the mixing was handled by Dre and DJ Yella (another N.W.A. agitator). But, despite the participation of all those N.W.A. members, Michel'le's album didn't sound anything at all like that group's controversial and disturbing gangsta rap; and unlike N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, it enjoyed a great deal of exposure on urban radio. The funky "No More Lies," Michel'le's debut single, was a major hit on the same R&B stations that went out of their way to avoid Straight Outta Compton; it was also a big pop hit and reached the Top Ten on Billboard's pop singles chart. The equally funky "Nicety," which was released as a single in 1990, was another major hit, and "Keep Watchin'" (the album's third single) also fared well.

In 1991, Michel'le became the victim of some East Coast/West Coast rivalry; that year, Bronx rapper Tim Dog (formerly of the Ultramagnetic MC's) said some insulting things about Michel'le and Dre on his angry, West Coast-bashing single "F**k Compton." Unlike the infamous, well-publicized feud that L.A.'s Death Row Records/Suge Knight clique and New York's Puff Daddy/Bad Boy Entertainment/the Notorious B.I.G. clique had several years later, Tim Dog's war of words with the members of N.W.A. didn't turn deadly; nonetheless, Michel'le was said to be furious over the things that Tim Dog said about her on "F**k Compton." But, as much attention as Michel'le received in 1989 and in the early '90s, her popularity didn't last long. In 1996, the Southern Californian had a cameo on the Dogg Pound's single "Let's Play House," but her second album, Hung Jury (a Priority release), didn't come out until 1998 -- nine years after her self-titled debut -- and it wasn't nearly the smash that Michel'le's previous album had been. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Yeah her voice puts,,,somet h i n g in my heart !!!!
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The sistah girl with the squeaky talking voice and the amazing singing voice.
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theres no limit to the love !m giving;;;;oo o o o
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That's also her singing on the old school song called BEFORE YOU TURN OFF THE LIGHTS..WORL D CLASS WRECKING CREW
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Just love it, not too many songs like that.brings back those good old memories.
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love this song!!! what is the songstress doing now?
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This is the jam tho love this song ♥♡♥♡
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I always luv this song!!
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damitab5
Old School! I feel old lol good song tho
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something in my heart...yeah
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This lady can SANG!!!
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rboyd56
Mmmmmm. Brings back memories of cruising around L.A. listening to KJLH in my new ride back in the day. Good times good music
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Very Nice!
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Loving it
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I love this old school song
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This classic will always be in hearts of lovers... forever
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Something in my heart never gets old! Everytime I hear it, it's just like it came out yesterday on the radio! This is a classic!
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This is a song that I will always think of the one person that got a ways in some ways. I will always love him it just something in my heart. He knows how he is
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G'BABY if was possible i make all morning beautiful never let you leave home without i love you BABY be safe ,prayer for you make home safe.love you in the evening until you're safe and warm
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A song my husband and I can relate to. Forever and always
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Told you how lovable I'm baby
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Yes,sing!!!!
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That's way i love you G.
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GBABY. You change my life with your love baby
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shippy29
love you hoby
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shippy29
love you 2 babe playin cards later
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Classic, G.love you
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Hook,unbalan c e , jealousy you bring this out of me thinking you it's unthinkable, unspeakable can imagine that....I Love you too much.
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Family first,honora b l e ,commitment, distance
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mssunshine19 6 7
I will always love this song. This is how I feel about my husband..... .
Thank you MICHE'LE for a well written song sung by you....
SunShine
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lingal17
This is the real deal. Love this jam. Sing it, girl!!
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That's my baby 4 real!!!! Nothing but LOVE 4 you baby.. youdash.t !
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She was the s**t way before mary was even thought of CLEVELAND DAWG POUND F**KS WIT YOU BABY
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Something
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My girl
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Classic!
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Love it Love
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I love R& B divas. Michelle is incredible. What a voicemail!
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OH SO FEELS SO GOOD TO BE REACQUAINTED WITH A QUEEN YOU DEE!!.HSAN,S M I L E
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I still love you Michelle a.
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Love her !!! Esp on R&B Divas
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I love this song. This is real singing. Michel"e you go girl keep singing.
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If...totally forgot about this song. Loving it still
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That's my girl keep your head up cuz u can sanggggg
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SHE HAS A HELL OF A VOICE! THIS IS REAL MUSIC!
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Something!
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now this is real love music
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tonya_invest o r
There's no limit to the love I'm giving!
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I love this music?
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cphillips350
An incredibly talented songstress. So sad that she didn't reach the heights that she could had. She really was "The One."
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