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A charismatic singer and songwriter who, for several years, was closely associated with the Neptunes, Kelis arrived at the tail-end of the '90s and left an immediate impression with her first solo single, "Caught Out There" -- a Top Ten R&B single with a frank and screamed chorus. While her other Top Ten R&B single, 2003's Grammy-nominated "Milkshake," was also something of a novelty hit -- and also produced by the Neptunes -- Kelis released some of the most creative R&B albums of the late '90s and 2000s. In the 2010s, she took left turns that defied expectations and remained a fascinating, unpredictable artist. Bred in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood, Kelis Rogers left home at 16 and landed a deal with Virgin four years later. She appeared in August 1999 with a featured role on Ol' Dirty Bastard's Neptunes-produced single "Got Your Money." Her debut album, Kaleidoscope, was out by the end of the year, produced entirely by the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. It peaked at only number 144 in the U.S. but went gold in the U.K. Two years later, she teamed up with the Neptunes once again for Wanderland. The album was issued in Europe only. Political reworkings within the U.S. wing of Virgin prevented a stateside release, which compelled Kelis to leave for Arista. Released in 2003, Tasty yielded the Top Ten hit "Milkshake," yet another Neptunes production. The song was nominated for a 2004 Grammy award in the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance. After Kelis married Nas (a relationship that would last roughly four years), Kelis Was Here was released in 2006 through Jive, led by the duly assertive "Bossy" and featuring a verse from Too Short. The album spawned no other hits, and it would be her last studio work for the label, despite its nomination for a Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy. Jive subsequently packaged The Hits, a mix of singles and album cuts that also featured some of the singer's most popular collaborations, such as "Get Your Money," N.E.R.D.'s "Truth or Dare," and Richard X's "Finest Dreams." Between 2006 and 2010, Kelis indulged her other passion, cookery -- enrolling at and eventually graduating from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school as a fully qualified chef. In 2010 she returned to music, signing to Interscope through the will.i.am music group and releasing Flesh Tone (2010), an EDM-flavored set featuring productions from David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Boys Noize, Diplo, and Jean Baptiste. It peaked at number five on Billboard's club chart. The following year, she sang on Calvin Harris' single "Bounce," which hit number two on the U.K. singles chart. In 2013, Kelis announced that she had signed with Ninja Tune, a cult British label known for its electronica releases. She linked up with Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio and emerged the following year with the album Food, released in April. Compared to her earlier R&B work, the album was relatively raw with a couple stylistic diversions and a number of food-related song titles, such as the single "Jerk Ribs." Around that time, she presented the program Saucy & Sweet for the Cooking Channel. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andy Kellman
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Albums by
Kelis

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    15 songs

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    Live in London

    13 songs

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    Food

    18 songs

    On Air

    Kelis Was Here

    14 songs

    On Air

    Tasty

    14 songs

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    Tasty

    14 songs

    On Air

    Kaleidoscope

    4 songs

    On Air

    Change / Runnin' / Forever Be - Remixes

    4 songs

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    Rumble - Single

    6 songs

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    Jerk Ribs

    3 songs

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    Bossy Remix EP

    22 songs

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    Flesh Tone

    5 songs

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    4th of July: The Remixes

    6 songs

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    Acapella

    2 songs

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    Rumble

    2 songs

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    Jerk Ribs (Ben Pearce Mix) - Single

    1 song

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    Jerk Ribs (Mount Kimbie Remix) - Single

    4 songs

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    Milkshake

    1 song

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    Milkshake [Arista]

    15 songs

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    The Hits

    14 songs

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    The Hits

    1 song

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    Good Stuff

    3 songs

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    Caught Out There [US]

    28 songs

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    Kaleidoscope/Wanderland

    16 songs

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    Tasty

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Top Songs by
Kelis

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Milkshake
  3.   Got Your Money
  4.   Jerk Ribs
  5.   Trick Me
  6.   4th of July (Fireworks)
  7.   Bossy by Too $hort
  8.   Get Along With You
  9.   Goodbyes
  10.   Young, Fresh N' New
  11.   Acapella
  12.   Millionaire
  13.   Runnin'
  14.   Caught Out There
  15.   Rumble
  16.   I Want Your Love
  17.   Circus
  18.   Blindfold Me
  19.   Attention
  20.   Living Proof
  21.   Medley: Get Along with You / Good Stuff / Glow
  22.   Segue 5
  23.   Like You
  24.   Trilogy
  25.   Intro
  26. See All Songs

Stations & Shows Featuring
Kelis

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    Pharrell Williams: The Count Up

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    50 More Pretty Much Perfect Songs

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    55 Nuttiest Artists

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    Iggy Azalea: DNA

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    Rihanna: DNA

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    '90s Hip Hop

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    Beyoncé: DNA

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    Pharrell: DNA

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    Girl Power

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    2Pac: DNA

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    Party Hits

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    Jay Z: DNA

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    Pop Remix

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    Party Hip Hop/R&B

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    '00s Hip Hop

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    Calvin Harris: DNA

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    N.W.A.: DNA

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    Dr. Dre: DNA

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    Backpack Rap

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    Janet Jackson: DNA

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    '90s Hits

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    The Notorious B.I.G.: DNA

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    Marketplace Music


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