K. Michelle

Rap-Up TV: K. Michelle Is Ready to ‘Snatch Wigs’ with Sophomore Album

K. Michelle has parlayed her reality show fame into hit singles, a No. 1 album, and now a musical. The “Love & Hip Hop” alum will star in her first hip-hopera, “K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul – The Musical,” airing tonight at 10 p.m. on VH1. Directed by Idris Elba, the 30-minute special features eight songs from her debut Rebellious Soul.

Rap-Up TV caught up with the buxom beauty at her house in Los Angeles, where she resides with her two dogs, Pacer and Puff Daddy.

“I wanted to turn my album into a story,” she said. “Each of my songs tell a story about something I’ve had to go through and something I’ve done. So I said, why not take this and turn this album into a piece and turn these songs into a conversation and make you better understand a lot of my thought process behind the records.”

The Memphis songstress is also putting the finishing touches on her sophomore album with help from Eric Hudson, Pop & Oak, and Timothy Bloom. “My second album is absolutely amazingly scary good, juicy, yummy,” she said. “I’ve been working with a lot of producers that are musicians. I don’t do the beatmakers. I’m not gonna run and do what’s hot right now, no.”

The first single is due in the next two to three weeks, with the album out this fall. “It’s basically done. I’ve locked myself away. We’ll be announcing a lot coming up about it very soon.”

The album will feature a surprise country duet. “I love country music. I have a country record that we’re doing, a country feature that you’re never gonna expect,” said K. “It’s just me musically. I threw myself into it.”

She drew inspiration from some of her peers. “You study the greats and people you admire, like I loved how Christina Aguilera, each album had a sound. It had a feel. It was a different sound. Kanye’s good at that, a themed album with sounds and everything. I wanted to make sure coming back before snatching these girls’ wigs, I had to make sure that I snatched it in a manner of musicality and I wanted people to know that I am a musician. This album is so musical. I feel like it’s so ahead of its time.”

Video: K. Michelle – ‘Damn’

K. Michelle

Bad romance. K. Michelle falls for the wrong man in the dramatic video for “Damn.” The “Love & Hip Hop” star finds out that she’s being played, but she still can’t let go of the relationship.

“I just want him so bad that I take what he’s giving,” she sings.

The video features scenes from “K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul – The Musical,” premiering August 19 at 10 p.m. on VH1. Directed by Idris Elba, the “hip-hopera” includes eight songs from her album Rebellious Soul.

Watch love get the best of K.

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K. Michelle Brings ‘Rebellious Soul’ Musical to VH1 [Trailer]

K. Michelle

K. Michelle is bringing the drama back to VH1 in her first musical. Directed by Idris Elba, “K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul – The Musical” is a 30-minute “hip-hopera” based on the life of the Memphis singer.

Through her powerful ballads, the dark theatrical presentation captures the lust, love, heartache, and redemption of a woman struggling to break the cycle of bad romance. Find out what happens when she catches her man in a lie and her past comes back to haunt her.

The musical features eight songs from K. Michelle’s No. 1 album Rebellious Soul including “Can’t Raise a Man,” “V.S.O.P.,” “Hate on Her,” and “My Life.”

The soundtrack will be available digitally on August 18 and the video will arrive August 20.

The “Love & Hip Hop” alum will also star in her own reality series, “K. Michelle: My Life,” airing in November on VH1.

“Rebellious Soul – The Musical” premieres August 19 at 10 p.m. Watch the trailer below.

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Video: K. Michelle – ‘A Mother’s Prayer’

A Mother's Prayer

Just in time for Mother’s Day, K. Michelle honors the bond between mother and son in the heartwarming video for her Rebellious Soul ballad “A Mother’s Prayer,” which she dedicates to her son Chase.

The cinematic clip, directed by Amil Barnes, shows the sacrifice a single mother makes while raising her son, ending with an actual video of the reality star and her son doing the Nae Nae.

“My son Chase is the center of my universe,” K told ESSENCE. “My fans and media don’t often see him in the spotlight with me and that is because I work really hard to keep his childhood as normal and carefree as possible. I think the most difficult part of my job is not being there each night to tuck my son in, but the sacrifices I make while working are all with his better interest in mind. Being a mother is the most challenging and rewarding part of my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

She will perform at the ESSENCE Music Festival in July, while the first season of her new VH1 show “Untitled K. Michelle Project” premieres November 3.

Grab a box of tissue and watch the touching tribute below.

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New Music: Lil Boosie f/ K. Michelle – ‘Show the World (Remix)’

K. Michelle and Lil Boosie

The definition of real. K. Michelle joins her labelmate Lil Boosie on the remix to his single “Show the World,” which originally featured Webbie and Kiara.

The R&B songstress blesses the heartfelt track with her soulful vocals, while Boosie spits about being a good father, his battle with diabetes, and his return to music.

“Rap game miss me like Tiny miss Tip,” he raps.

Boosie’s first post-prison album Touchdown 2 Cause Hell is due July 15. He has been in the studio with 2 Chainz, Jeezy, T.I., and more.

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K. Michelle Teams with Lil Boosie for ‘Show the World’ Remix

K. Michelle and Lil Boosie

K. Michelle and Lil Boosie are ready to “Show the World.” The labelmates have teamed up on a remix to Boosie’s single.

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K. Michelle Performs ‘Can’t Raise a Man’ on ‘Arsenio’

K. Michelle

Before she hits the road with Robin Thicke on Thursday, K. Michelle stopped by “Arsenio” last night for a performance and brief interview.

The Memphis songstress shared her love for country music. “I actually grew up loving country music,” she said. “I play classical piano. I play guitar. And my parents, they put me in a closet. It wasn’t child abuse, don’t get scared. They put me in a closet and it was the biggest closet in the house and I would just sing to the top of my lungs.”

The self-described “ghetto girl with table manners” revealed that she can yodel (“Don’t ask. I ain’t gon’ do it”) and how her vocal coach introduced her to other genres.

“The first tape that I ever got was The Judds,” she said. “I saw The Judds, I loved The Judds, [my vocal coach] taught me how to yodel, and then I got a scholarship to Florida A&M University.”

K, who will star in her own VH1 series “No New Friends,” also defended her behavior on “Love & Hip Hop.” “I don’t think it’s fair at all because you don’t know me,” she said. “You would react the same way as me to a lot of those situations. I’m just bold enough to do it in your face and I can. Those reactions from those blogs and everything, I make their hits go up, so they should thank me or maybe even send me a check.”

She also shut down the stage with a rousing performance of her latest single “Can’t Raise a Man.”

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