Share on Facebook Chrisette Michele is one of the more accomplished artists of her generation. In as such, album No. After almost a decade with Def Jam, this will be Michele's first studio album as an independent artist. I never understood how I could make music with Jay Z , Rick Ross , Ghostface Killah , Game --and people would still not know that I have a presence in the hip-hop community.
You just have to let me go there. Michele and Ellison have a long and winding history; he helped shepherd her career early on, the two fell in love--only for things to sour as her star rose. They wound up suing each other and didn't speak for seven years. But after she left Def Jam and launched her own label, Rich Hipster, she reached out to the man who knew her best--both as an artist and as a person.
I never cried, I just screamed, and screamed, and screamed. Michele addressed the issue by criticizing Ross on her blog shortly thereafter. Congratulations to all the trophy holders who won at being the most like every one else…I could have sworn hip hop was on the come up.
But apparently rapping is about venting, bashing, chauvinistic pigging, and EGO. It was something maybe the label set up. Using ugly words could give off the wrong impression. That could make your hat look ugly to me now. That could make your haircut look ugly to me now. Give me a kiss on the cheek. So he steals it and brings it to Rick Ross and Ross gets it. And while that spirit may inform her most recent output, she got it from someone who has been in her life from the very beginning.
That gave me a freedom to be honest, to feel, to share. So when people are honest with me or they feel or they share, whether or not I like it, I try not to judge it from a selfish perspective. I got that quality from my dad. She refers to "These Stones" as a song "dedicated to the people in the comments section" and she's especially candid about how social media can sometimes be a war zone for those who just want to attack a celebrity.
Those are the moments when you kinda want to up and run. I know what to do to push myself through things that are uncomfortable. But I still feel and I still experience what I hear. I know a lot of people like that in this industry.
And for Chrisette Michele, that's what ultimately matters. But it's a lot of work. And she would love for people to lighten up and remember that music is supposed to be a joyous exchange between artist and audience. But nobody wants to play! That's what music was growing up. I was called an artist. Really—those are my only weapons. Peep the video for "Unbreakable" below: