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Soul Approved

November 11, 2010

Chrisette Michele, one of my favorite vocalists of today, appears on one of the fall’s hottest singles, “Aston Martin Music” alongside Drake and Rick Ross (whose album the track is lifted from).  Michele, no stranger to a collaboration or feature, has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop today (The Roots, Wale, Will.I.Am).  With her feature on “Aston Martin Music,” Ms. Michele has been on a promotional tour for her own album and for Ross’ track.

After attending the Soul Train Awards’ taping last night, Michele wrote a blog that seemingly called into question all of the authenticity of Hip Hop and the artists that dominate it.  The situation that sparked this fiery post was that her own collaborator Rick Ross stormed out of the awards after losing an award to Eminem.  Peep the blog entry below:

Award Show :

If this is the way hip hop is then I denounce it.

This is not about ego. This is about what I can bring to the world. My life is for the people. I live to give.

It’s my desire to bring life and freedom light and love everywhere I go. Upward mobility in the brown skinned community.

Who stands off at an award show because they don’t win? An award is winning at being as “stuck in a category” as possible. 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. Not cool. Don’t LET me start rapping. (album in stores november 30th)

They say…I’m ecclectic. I’m underrated. I’m different. Well If I win an award it’s because I paved a way. Every award I’ve won was new in it’s category. You know why? Because I’m amazing at being my damn self.

Grammy – best alternative R&B song Centric award – Soul Approved Etc.

Have u even heard of those categories? Nope. But guess what? You ain’t never seen another me. And u never will. No ego here. Why? Because it’s none needed. My award is waking up every morning and CAKING off of what I believe in by the grace of God.

LET FREEDOM REIGN – in stores NOVEMBER 30th. Go pick that up.

Maybe I’ll call my 4th album “winners : just like every body else” maybe not.

I pray with every song I sing Im singing from the bottom of my heart. If all we want is an award for telling our truths, then we really have no true reason. This isn’t a competition. This is a stage for self expression and I’m grateful for the opportunity to live on it. I’d sing even if nobody sang along.

-from the bottom of my disappointed heart. Hip Hop… Man up. I wanted to be supportive but I can’t understand you. I believed in you… But apparently you’re so high you can’t even see what the world needs.

Is all hip hop like that? Absolutely not! But some of it certainly is. Let me spit a few bars. I’m not that kinda hip hop. I rep hip hop too. But not that kinda ego trippin foolery.

Chrisette Michele – the girl on that Aston Martin Music record…

Spread love.

Chrisette and her brother just released a mixtape called “Love Thy Brother” this week.  Check that out and peep Chrisette’s latest video for her single “I’m A Star” after the jump.

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