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  • Troy
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    #401025

    Who are some artists, past or present, that you feel should be more successful, well-known, are underrated, etc…

    A few of my choices:

    KELIS

    Yes, Kelis enjoyed some success with her massive hit “Milkshake,” but that single did not even begin to encompass the talent that this girl possesses.  I truly believe she is the most versative, risk taking female artists out there right now  Her FleshTonealbum is a brilliant dance album that should have won a Grammy and her current album Food is a jazzy, throwback R&B album that is worthy of a few Grammy nominations as well.  Hopefully, sometime in the future, she will get the recognition as the ARTIST she truly is.

    “Brave”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cihl7uAcoe4

    “Rumble”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yzucesoYtI

    JORDAN HILL

    Jordan Hill came onto the scene in the mid 90’s, her first official single being “Remember Me This Way” from the Casper motion picture soundtrack. However, her self titled debut album really gave listeners the full spectrum of her vocal abilities.  Sounding like a mix of Mariah, Celine, and Toni, she should have easily exploded onto the scene.  However, her album was a disappointment and she failed to released anything since. Trust that this girl can SING, as you can see from the clips below:

    “Never Shoulda Let You Go”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfJeEeF8SCA

    “How Many Times”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVliV6eerfY

    BILLY LAWRENCE

    Billy enjoyed an inkling of success with her single “Come On” from the Set It Off soundtrack.  However, with her unique voice, great songwriting (she wrote songs for several other artists, including TLC) and ability to experiment with different genres, often in the same song, she should have been much much bigger than she was.  Both her albums “One Might Say” and “Paradise” sound fresh even today, despite being released in the 90’s.  I still listen to both a regular basis and still have not tired of them.

    “Forgive Me Baby”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSHYEjRVVU8

    “Heaven”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6jUBE8Y3Qo

    BJORK

    While I am sure many have at least heard of Bjork, I do not think most realize just what a musical genius and innovator she truly is.  To say she was ahead of her time when she first came on the scene is a giant understatement.  Her music videos are among some of the most breathtaking original and visually stunning ever produced, but her music is even more powerful.  Even though it may not be for everyone, there is no denying Bjork’s passion and fearlessness . Her ethereal vocals, the complexity of the arrangements, and the sheer emotion she puts into her music rivals just about any artist out there.  Still, she has never won a VMA or a Grammy (and let’s not even discuss how she was robbed of an Oscar nomination for “Dance in the Dark!).  She was certainly more worthy of a the Video Vanguard Award then, let’s say Beyonce.  

    “Hunter”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8A9e4Lp0N0

    “Pagan Poetry”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqF8_UcUQdQ

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    KHIA

    Hip-Hop is no doubt the most controversial genre in music. In this male dominated field, violence, greed, and the degradation of women are highly celebrated. Causing the emergence of female rappers to become an infrequent sometimes challenging feat. Most instances, these talented ladies succumb to pressures of industry standards by using their sexuality in order to achieve notoriety or mainstream success. For struggling underground lyricist, Khia Shamone (Herself), sex and music are an authentic part of her “Dirty South” upbringing.

    As a single mother of two, working as a bartender in the ghetto of Tampa, FL, her decision to engage in unprotected intercourse at the age of fourteen with former boyfriend Reggie, a young military vet, led to heartbreaking devastations. Including an extensive criminal record and an estranged relationship with her ailing mother, Carol. Whereas writing and performing music expressed an outlet to deflect the negative aspects surrounding her life. She is capable of integrating audacious humor with risqué lyrics to create ‘she-anthems’ encouraging sexual pleasure and self-respect (i.e. “Don’t Trust No N*gga”) . Thus, 2002’s cult classic, “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” was born….

    All you ladies pop your pussy like this

    Shake your body, don’t stop, don’t miss

    All you ladies pop your pussy like this

    Shake your body, don’t stop, don’t miss

    Just do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now

    Lick it good suck this pussy, just like you should

    Right now, Lick it good

    suck this pussy just like you should

    My Neck, my back

    Lick my pussy and my crack,


    My Neck, my back

    Lick my pussy and my crack

    My Neck, my back

    Lick my pussy and my crack

    My Neck, my back

    Lick my pussy and my crack

    My Neck, my back

    Lick my pussy and my crack…

    The song was an instant smash among Urban listeners. Especially with women who felt empowered by the rare message of female gratification. Giving Khia a Platinum selling record and international recognition. However, with fame came harsh criticisms of her physical appearance. Her unconventional sex appeal and brazen confidence elicited acts of defensive banter between she and radio DJs who blacklisted her music. An intense rivalry between fellow femcees, Trina and Jackie-O, (regarding the self proclaimed title of “Queen of the South”) also shifts media attention. Plus, a public trashing of collaborator, Janet Jackson’s, latest musical efforts eventually ensue a backlash that will forever brand Khia as a ‘one-hit wonder’.

     

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    Cher Lloyd only when shes sings her voice is magical.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Shawn Desman
    Hedley
    Phillip Phillips
    Austin Mahone

    just to name a few… 

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    The following are my three most favorite songs from my most favorite singer James Otto. (smiles)

    “Dam* Right” -from his second album named Sunset Man

    “Never Say Good Bye” -from his first album named Days Of Our Lives

    “Lets Just Let Go” -from his third and newest album named Shake What God Gave Ya!

    God bless you and him always!!!

    Holly

    P.S. According to James a new song from him is supposed to be going to radio soon. His song named “Just Got Start Lovin’ You” was named the #1 country song of 2008. May James be placed on the front burner again when his new song is released. (smiles)

    Go here to check out my most favorite singer James Otto!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiU81KIRZ_Q

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    Robyn. I think people that listen to “Dance” music are the ones that go out to clubs more or less but Robyn is an electifying performer with great (weird) but great dance moves and a great electronic sound to her songs. Plus the writing to her songs are just as good as any relationship break up song except with more power with the electronic sound. She does have Grammy nominations but no where near the cultural success. 

    Kimbra. She is most famous for being the girl in “Somebody That I Used to Know” but she has some great solo music. She did a song with Foster the People’s front man Mark Foster called “Warrior” that is just excellent. 

    Janelle Monoe. I have no idea how she has not become a bigger hit. She did the girl part on “We Are Young” but her solo stuff rarely gets any attention. “Dance Apocolypse” is a masterpiece pop song and should be a radio hit. 

    Young the Giant. They are a hit to the alternative crowd but haven’t ever crossed over genre lines like Paramore, Fall Out Boy, or Green Day to the main radio stations. “Cough Syrup” is on of the greatest written songs ever.

    Foster the People. Yes, “Pumped Up Kicks” was a huge hit but none of their other stuff really has but all of their songs are brilliant. 

    Sia. She has a hit now but she’s always been the Featuring singer so I am happy she is getting more sucess but  I don’t think realize how amazing of a song writer she is. She wrote Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” and so many other great songs. 
     

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    Troy
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    Great choices Kyle!

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    smurty11
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    I’m super surprised HAIM is still relatively unknown in the US. Their sound should be radio friendly, but for some reason theyre not being played.
    Also:
    CHVRCHES
    Patty Griffin
    Imogen Heap
    James Blake 

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    I honestly still don’t know if “Khia” is a real artist or not.

    Kelis did Millionaire with Andre3000, how that song didn’t become a hit amazes me, specially during the time it was released. It’s perfect for those years.

    Yes, Phillip Phillips should’ve been bigger. I think people wrote him off after Home and the olympics ended. But Gone Gone Gone was amazing.

    I think the poster who mentioned Janelle Monae skipped the Tightrope moment in her carreer. That was a nice little hit. Sure she should’ve had more but it’s not like she didn’t have a moment. 

    I hate, hate, hate the fact that The Killers became close to a one hit or two hit wonder after Mr Brightside. The fact that Sam’s Town didn’t become an even bigger album is insane. And then last year they had The Way It Was which was amazing. I know this last part makes little sense since they took a long time to come back because of Brandon’s solo album, but the Sam’s Town part stands. It ended up as Rolling  #1 most underrated album (can’t remember if it was the magazine or the readers who voted on that one, but still).
     

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    Teena Marie

     

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    KyleBailey
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    I honestly still don’t know if “Khia” is a real artist or not.
     

     

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    FKA Twigs – The best debt album of the year and, IMO, the best album of 2014 in general – a spectacular minimalist take on the alt-R&B wave that has taken off the past 2-3 years.  Listen To: “Two Weeks”, “Water Me”, “Pendulum”

    Grimes – I know she’s not exactly an “unknown”, but she deserves to be every bit as popular as most of the artists on the radio airwaves.  Even her recent pop forays have shown she would be a real threat in the pop world in embraced.  Listen To: “Oblivion”, “Go”, “Phone Sex”

    Shamir – A smooth, funky R&B singer with a knack for melodies whose EP this year was one of the real treats of 2014.  Listen To: “If It Wasn’t True”,  “I Know It’s a Good Thing”

    Sharon van Etten – Possibly the best singer/songwriter working today, she writes with an incredible amount of emotion and realism.  Her 2014 release is possibly her best, and one of the best folk pop albums of the year.  Listen To: “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”, “Your Love is Killing Me”, “Give Out”

    Lydia Loveless – Artists like Eric Church and Brandy Clark have brought a lot of variety to the alt-country music scene over the past few years, but this artist stands out as releasing one of the best alt-country albums in years; it doesn’t hurt that she sounds remarkably like Stevie Nicks.  Listen To: “Somewhere Else”, “Head”

    Future Islands – They’ve been in the music game for almost a decade, but are just now coming to more prominence over the past year, and with good reason.  There’s nothing complex about what they do – they’re a simple pop-rock band – but their ability to write a good hook sets them well above the pack.  Also – they’ve written my favorite song of 2014 (“Seasons”). Listen To: “Seasons (Waiting On You)”, “Back in the Tall Grass”, “Sun in the Morning”

    YG – Another artist who isn’t quite unknown (he had a top 20 hit and a #2 album this past year), but who deserves respected on the same level of up-and-coming rappers like Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, and A$AP Rocky.  His most recent album took a page out of Kendrick Lamar’s book and was a fully-fleshed concept album that challenges the best rap releases of 2014.  Listen To: “Who Do You Love”, “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)”

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    [quote=”BenitoDelicias”]I honestly still don’t know if “Khia” is a real artist or not.
     

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    Khia is real believe it or not. She had one song (Not a Hit) that is pretty much just played to be funny. “My Neck, My Back” its ridiculous.

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    Troy
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    [quote=”KyleBailey”][quote=”BenitoDelicias”]I honestly still don’t know if “Khia” is a real artist or not.
     

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    Khia is real believe it or not. She had one song (Not a Hit) that is pretty much just played to be funny. “My Neck, My Back” its ridiculous. [/quote]

    I am sorry Khia–Thug Misses, but this made me literally LOL. 

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    [quote=”Final2″][quote=”KyleBailey”][quote=”BenitoDelicias”]I honestly still don’t know if “Khia” is a real artist or not.
     

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    Khia is real believe it or not. She had one song (Not a Hit) that is pretty much just played to be funny. “My Neck, My Back” its ridiculous. [/quote]

    I am sorry Khia–Thug Misses, but this made me literally LOL. [/quote]
    Same 

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