15 Times Missy Elliott Brought ‘FIYAH’ To R&B Music

Let’s be clear, Missy Elliott is and will always be universally relevant in the world of music.

Misdemeanor Elliott has been an unstoppable force since establishing herself as a trailblazer for R&B and hip-hop music and its culture in the early 90s. Some people, such as myself, may say they first heard Elliott and her iconic “hee-hee-hee-hee-how” line on Gina Thompson’s hit “The Things I Do.” Others may remember Elliott’s artistic expression in a large black trash bag from her 1997 video “The Rain.”

What remains consistent with those possible introductions to Ms. Elliott is R&B has been the meeting place. For instance, the chorus on “The Rain” samples “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by ‘70s soul diva Ann Peebles. Missy Elliott not only lent her rap talents to the remix of Thompson’s lead single – she co-penned the track too, which is one of the reasons why we’re here.

For the past few months, Elliott has been on Twitter sharing memories of writing and producing R&B songs for past and present artists. Rated R&B has compiled a list of Elliott’s top 15 R&B hits that she either produced, wrote or was featured on, along with a reason why they are absolute FIYAH (as Elliott would say).

Aaliyah – “One in a Million”

Written by: Melissa “Missy” Elliott & Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley
Produced by: Timbaland

“One in a Million” is FIYAH because it helped shift the direction of R&B and way we heard it with its advanced melting pot of melody and rhythmic. From Kanye West and BJ the Chicago Kid to Jay Z and Tink, the cultural impact of this record is undeniable. The song spent six weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

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Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

Bruno Mars Adds Ciara, Ella Mai, Boyz II Men, Charlie Wilson and more on ’24K Magic World Tour’

After Cardi B pulled out of the final leg of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour to focus on her newborn child, Mars announces his replacement for a supporting act — five to be exact.

Boyz II Men, Ciara, Charlie Wilson, Ella Mai, The Green and Common Kings have all signed on as special guests for Mars’ 29-date U.S. tour, which launches on September 7 in Denver at the Pepsi Center. Mars and his unique lineup of stars will make their way to major cities including Philadelphia, Toronto, Brooklyn, Nashville and Los Angeles. The tour will end on November 11 in Honolulu at the Aloha Stadium.

Since 2017, Bruno Mars has been performing across the globe to give concert-goers a stellar 24K Magic World Tour experience. After he wraps up his tour in November, he will have graced over 135 stages across North America, Latin America, Europe and the U.K.

Find out when Bruno Mars, Boyz II Men, Ciara, Charlie Wilson, Ella Mai and The Green and Common Kings is next playing in a city near you.

24K Magic World Tour Agenda
September 7 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center*
September 8 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center*
September 11 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center^
September 12 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center^
September 15 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena^
September 16 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena^
September 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center*
September 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center*
September 22 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena**
September 23 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena**
September 27 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden**
September 28 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden**
October 1 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center**
October 2 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center**
October 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center^^
October 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center^^
October 7 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena^^
October 8 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena^^
October 11 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center^^
October 12 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center^^
October 14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center^
October 15 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center^
October 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center*
October 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center**
October 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center^^
October 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center^
November 8 – Honolulu, HI @ Aloha Stadium%
November 10 – Honolulu, HI @ Aloha Stadium%
November 11 – Honolulu, HI @ Aloha Stadium%

*Boyz II Men
^Charlie Wilson
**Ciara
^^Ella Mai
%The Green & Common Kings

Keyshia Cole, Next, Jade Novah and More to Perform at 2018 Black Music Honors

The 2018 Black Music Honors lineup of performers has been revealed.

Next, Keyshia Cole, Demetria McKinney, Jade Novah and Ruben Studdard will grace the Tennessee Performing Arts Center stage in Nashville to salute the honorees at the third annual event.

The show’s honorees include Bobby Brown (R&B Soul Music Icon Award), Faith Evans (Urban Music Icon Award), Dallas Austin (Music Innovator Icon Award) and many more.

The 2018 Black Music Honors will be taped on Thursday, Aug. 16. The live telecast, hosted by Rickey Smiley and R&B vet LeToya Luckett, will air on broadcast syndication on Sept. 8-30, 2018.

Top 4 Deep Cuts from K. Michelle’s Debut Album ‘Rebellious Soul’

K. Michelle Album Cover Rebellious Soul

Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known as K. Michelle, has come a long way since she graced our television screens in 2012 as a cast member on VH1’s Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta. Three No. 1 albums, four tours, and a few social media beefs and public relationships later, she is really beginning to zone in on her artistic vision and hone her own sound. On this bumpy road of her musical journey, she has faced many hardships, but also enjoyed many milestones. Her first major success (post-Jive Records) is her debut album, Rebellious Soul.

In celebration of Rebellious Soul’s fifth anniversary, we’ve decided to compose a short list of some of the best non-single tracks from K. Michelle’s first No. 1 R&B album.

Here is our list of the top 4 deep cuts from the star’s breakout album:

“Hate on Her”

Infidelity is a common cause for failed relationships, and it’s no different when K. Michelle discovers her longterm relationship is crumbling in the wake of her lover’s infidelity. However, instead of hating or attacking the other woman, she feels sorry for her. “But I can’t even hate on her / Cause I know you got no heart / I can’t even hate on her / Cause I know how low you go,” she sings. This song makes the countdown for its lyrical genius and storytelling. Lines like “In this house we made are own / You have torn it down to nothing / And for the moment of a stroke / You let it all go” perfectly illustrate the combination of frustration, betrayal, and numbness that significant others feel after being cheated on. This would’ve been a great third single for the album, as its smooth production leans toward an R&B radio direction.

“When I Get a Man”/”Repair This Heart”

K. Michelle is speaking a loving relationship into existence on the album’s penultimate track. “I’m gon’ cater serve ya/ Give you what you deserve / He’s gon’ love me / When I get a man / I’mma treat him like a king / He gon’ be my everything / He gon’ love the hell outta’ me,” she sings. Although this is a perfectly fine R&B record with impressive production (courtesy of Hit Drew and Eric Hudson), the song is lifted by its hidden track “Repair This Heart.” The piano-driven cut serves as a sort of backstory for “When I Get a Man,” and flexes K’s pen game beautifully, as well as her voice’s capability of approaching a song with tenderness and emotion.

“Sometimes”

Although this was her first album, there were definitely some brilliant moments and “Sometimes” may be the brightest of them all. On this post break-up record, K is simply torn between her wants and her needs when it comes to a healthy relationship. “Oh, Lord have your mercy / For loving him religiously / I should be praying for better things / Instead of praying for a man / Who don’t give a fuck about me,” she sings. Not only is this is one of her finest vocal performances to date, but this song embodies everything about her: brutal honesty, unbridled passion, raw emotions, high energy, and of course rebellion with soul. What makes this even greater is the second hidden track on the album, about…well…her genitalia (sung operatically!) If there was a song that represented K. Michelle’s artistry, this would hands down be the song of choice.

“Right One”

Tank’s writing skills come to life once again thanks to K. Michelle. The Memphis-born and bred singer is literally holding nothing back on her no-good ex on this killer kiss-off. “F*ck you and all that / Blast on Twitter then I’mma blast back / You want a ratchet then I’mma be that / Don’t make me call my boys and have yo sh*t peeled back,” she sings. What makes this deluxe edition record shine is her commitment to the sentiments and emotions penned by her, Tank, and Jerren “J-kits” Spruill. This would’ve been a more than appropriate addition to the standard LP, but we are thankful for the song’s video treatment, which has over 22 million views on YouTube.  And in song’s final phrase, so eloquently stated by K, she declares “and that’s the end; leave it there.”

What about you? What’s your favorite song from Rebellious Soul? Let us know in the comment section below.

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