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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Music From The TV Motion Picture Surviving Compton

1. Nicety

2. No More Lies

3. Something In My Heart

4. I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today

5. Moonlight (Bonus Track)

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Track List: Moonlight (Single)

1. Moonlight (Radio Edit)

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Track List: Michel'le

1. No More Lies

2. Nicety

3. If?

4. Keep Watchin

5. Something In My Heart

6. 100% Woman

7. Silly Love Song

8. Never Been In Love

9. Close To Me

10. Special Thanks

11. If? (Reprise)

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Life experiences teaches us wisdom and Michel'le has come along ways, after watching lifetime movie she really went through hell in those relationship s . . . . . t h e cover of that 1989 speaks volumes look at her eyes.
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Love me some Michel'le, she's been through a lot and she is a strong women .❤
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Something got hook love the s**t of this song
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After watching her movie I view the song different now I love it more cause I can really hear the pain in her voice
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Party over here
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Classic
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I feel her speaking to my heart
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Classic ❤❤❤❤
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Tell him girl
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Great movie loved it
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The changes am going through!
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I saw you in concert Fayetteville NC and I just seen your movie on Lifetime..I love and admire you
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I love her voice!!!!
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I love this song!!!!
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I love this song
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Love this song
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Ruthless Records best female artist. Always bumped this junt
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michel'le u r so bless to be part of this world I enjoy ur music I pray for ur enemies
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Love this song, Classic
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Love..love.. . l i v e
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reliaco
love!
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Definitely left her draws on the floor on this one!
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tamara.onley
Love love love!!!
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love this song
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Favorite.
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I loved the movie she was a very strong person
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Just saw the lifetime movie my what a strong woman so many women in the industry went through so much to get where they want to be music wise
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Don't get any better than Michel'le!
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stephens3052 1
Loved the lifetime Movie.
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She endured so many struggles in her past. I'm so happy she's doing wonderfully today. Sing your heart out.
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So True!
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Great song
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She's a great singer
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Dedicated this son to my baby daddy back in the day! LOL.
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Love this song
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I love this song,
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My song back in the day,Still love this song
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My favorite song, love this. The 80s were the ��!
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I HAD A DISTURBING DREAM... BUT GOD! Father YOU told me to Ask, Seek and Knock then the door SHALL BE OPEN FOR ME! I have done as you taught me NOW I ask Father that YOUR will be done for me to be sober and vigilant; because my adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he MAY devour: Father Out of the same mouth you have given me proceeds Blessing and Cursing and this ought not so to be since i AM your Child! Father teach me how to go after my adversary, when they come!
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Thank YOU for arming me with the armour of your WORD, were I shall Stand having my loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousnes s ; And my feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, thank YOU for teaching me to take the shield of faith, where I shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And thank You for teaching me how to take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: In Jesus name! Amen!
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Lovvvvvvve It��
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I so love this song!!
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Luv, luv this hit... I can't never hear it enough..
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The passion behind this!
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Something You Should Know....alwa y s love this song
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Every night before i go to sleep so close too me... ����
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Am truly proud of her!!!
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Puts me In the mood too
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Love this song, it puts you in the mood
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Loving all her music my favorite one is "It's Nothing"... We also have the same birthday #December5 #Sagittarius sing girl...
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