Fresh off last night’s season finale of “R&B Divas,” Chrisette Michele debuts “Super Chris,” the first single from her upcoming EP The Lyricists’ Opus. Over lush strings and horns, the soulstress reveals her insecurities and ponders her identity.
“I wonder what the world thinks of me / Am I a superstar? / Is that who I are?” she asks.
2 Chainz had late night all the way turnt up during his appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show” on Monday. Looking fresh in all white, the Atlanta rapper performed his B.O.A.T.S. II: #METIME cut “Black Unicorn” with some help from Chrisette Michele and a pregnant Sunni Patterson.
“The concept behind ‘Black Unicorn’ is something that’s rare, something that’s never been seen in story books, something that’s never been projected,” he told Arsenio. “I felt like I defined what a black unicorn was, something that’s never been here before, never been seen before. People look at it different sometimes, but I’m special.”
During his chat with Arsenio, he also spoke about excelling in high school (no less than Bs) and how his music has changed because of his new lifestyle.
Long hair, don’t care. Chrisette Michele switches up her look in the stunning video for “Love Won’t Leave Me Out,” a cut off her album Better. The R&B songstress rocks box braids as she cozies up to her man and the mic in the Clifton Bell-directed clip. Watch her beauty blossom on screen.
Prior to the release of her new album Better, Chrisette Michele spent her spring on the road with Keyshia Cole. During part two of our interview, the “Charades” singer recalled the fun times she had on the “Woman to Woman” tour.
“Touring with Keyshia Cole was an experience I’ll never forget,” Chrisette told Rap-Up TV. “Keyshia Cole’s fans are incredibly vibrant and incredibly colorful.”
So she knew she had to bring her A-game to the stage each night. “They are very live and they make you bring your best self.”
During the last show in Oakland, Chrisette decided to play a prank on her tourmate. She disguised herself as Trinidad James in an Afro wig and joined Keyshia on stage during the portion of the show where she duets with a fan. She acted crazy and remixed the song, pretending to be the “All Gold Everything” rapper.
After revealing herself, Keyshia couldn’t stop laughing. “Long story short, that was the first time we ever hung out,” said Chrisette.
She was also approached by PETA to pose nude, but after the animal rights organization saw her wearing an animal product, they called off the shoot.
“They didn’t like the stylist’s outfit choice,” she said. “I really liked it, I wore it, and that was the end of my PETA campaign. I feel bad about it and hopefully we can work together in a different capacity.”
With her fourth album Better in stores today, Chrisette Michele stopped by our studio to speak about her new music and some of her favorite female MCs.
“I’m back to my original intention, which is to always make people feel better, happier, and liberated,” the 30-year-old songstress said of the project, which features 2 Chainz, Wale, Dunson, and Bilal.
But despite her soulful sound, she doesn’t listen to much R&B. Instead, she was raised on indie rock and ska and cites Green Day, No Doubt, and Third Eye Blind among her favorites.
When it comes to new talent, she is a fan of Iggy Azalea. After watching the video for “Work,” she was won over by the blonde Aussie. “I want to work with Iggy Azalea!” declared Chrisette. “We’d be amazing in the studio together. Her whole entire sound, her whole entire body just seems to be so honest. She’s not just a beautiful girl who’s fun to watch, but she has beautiful words and lyrics that are fun to listen to.”
Chrisette, who recently wrapped the “Woman to Woman” tour with Keyshia Cole, also reminisced about going to see Nicki Minaj in concert (“She’s fun to watch and to listen to and to be surprised by all the time”) and working with Eve on her album Lip Lock (“Never Gone”).
Chrisette Michele is adding some soul to your summer with the release of her fourth album Better on June 11. The R&B songbird crafts 16 tracks, with contributions from 2 Chainz, Wale, Bilal, Dunson, and Shea Taylor (“Be in Love”). The deluxe edition includes four additional cuts.
“Better is me heeled, me happy, me strong, and the music is out of control,” she told Rap-Up.com of the follow-up to 2010’s Let Freedom Reign. “I’m outsinging every song on all of my previous albums.”
Chrisette wrapped the “Woman to Woman” tour with Keyshia Cole last month and will launch her own “Better” tour later this year.