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Grammy-Nominated Producer Bangladesh Says It Took 17 Years For Kelis To Sign Off On His Royalties For Producing 'Bossy'

Lil Wayne’s “A Milli,” Nicki Minaj’s “Did It On ’Em,” and Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade” all have one thing in common: They were produced by Bangladesh.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 7, 2023

From Megan Thee Stallion To Ashanti, Here Are 7 Artists Who Have Been Vocal About The Business Behind The Music

Artists experiencing delays in their music projects dropping is a tale as old as time. Back in 2013, Buzzfeed reported on the unfortunate reality of artists not being able to release their music including reasons like artists being mismanaged, the label focusing on competition, stalling on getting their music ready for radio, and more. But as a The Guardian report simply put it, “But to writers and artists, your songs are your babies. It’s only fair that you get them back if they’re not being looked after.” The industry continues to evolve with the times, yet still musicians — especially Black women artists — are subjected to constant pushback from their labels. Oftentimes, they are left with limited options on how to resolve the issue such as trying to part ways amicably. Another way to musical freedom that can be quite a hassle is acquiring their master recordings. As previously reported by AfroTech, the likes of Anita Baker, Rihanna, Ciara, and more used their voices to earn back...

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 15, 2022

Kelis Revisits Claim That She's Never Seen Profits From Her First Two Neptunes-Produced Albums

Kelis is a legendary artist in the music industry and we will forever treat her as such. She has given us hits like “Milkshake,” “Bounce,” and “Trick Me” — just to name a few. Plus, let’s not forget all of the trendsetting moments she has had throughout her career. Despite her success as a musician, the 42-year-old has previously opened up about allegedly not receiving profits from her first two projects.

Shanique Yates

Jul 29, 2022

How Kelis Went From Milkshakes To Meals And Amassed A $4M Fortune

As a musical artist, Kelis has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians from across various genres. From Enrique Iglesias to ODB of the Wu-Tang Clan, the woman born Kelis Rogers in New York City was ahead of her time. While artists, today, float between genres with little struggle, she struggled tremendously with being placed neatly into one box or another. So, at the height of her career, she seemed to disappear. That, perhaps, was a function of the music industry at the time — but it provided a way for Kelis to bounce back, and make her career reach new and unprecedented heights. In the early 2000s, she transitioned from the music industry to the food industry with her mother being the reason she’s a lover of all things food. She eventually graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in 2008, according to CNN. The outlet also reports that “Though Kelis didn’t specialize while in culinary school, her website says she knew that she was a saucier at heart.” Now, her...

Black-Owned Brand The Spice Suite Cooks Up 'The CollabBox' With Kelis's Bounty & Full

The summer is heating up for SpiceGirl Angel Gregorio and singer-turned-culinary artist Kelis . Gregorio is the founder of The Spice Suite , a D.C.-based specialty seasoning shop that has garnered tons of digital supporters and a fleet of fans who will stand in line for hours for spices, sauces, balsamic and more. Now, after building a coveted brand, Gregorio is teaming up with Kelis’s line of sauces, Bounty & Full , for a forthcoming collaboration, reports ESSENCE. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Angel| SpiceGirl+ Curator (@thespicesuite) “Kelis found me on Instagram, we were DMing, and then we got on the call and just vibed,” Gregorio said. “We talked through a collaboration box together, what we were going to put in it, we were going to do an Instagram live to announce it late June.” On June 23, the two flavor queens hopped on IG Live to talk about The CollabBox, their individual businesses, and most importantly, how Black women support one another. “You had a block...

Niki McGloster

Jun 24, 2020

Kelis to Host Weed-Infused Cooking Competition on Netflix

Popular stoner holiday, 4/20, just got more delicious. Kelis announced “Cooked with Cannabis,” a weed-infused culinary competition show on Netflix set to launch next month. The six-episode series will be co-hosted by Portland-based chef Leather Storrs, reports Food & Wine . View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kelis (@kelis) “Interestingly, this was one of those things that I didn’t go looking for, it kind of came to me,” Kelis, the Le Cordon Bleu-educated cook, wrote on Instagram. “As a chef , I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today’s society.” Known as “the Anthony Bourdain of weed,” Lorrs says the series is “granular, educational, heartfelt and smart.” Each episode will feature three professional chefs racing the clock to create three-course meals. Meals will be based on themes, from futuristic foods and world-renowned eats. The winner will walk away with a $10,000 prize. “The contestants had personal...

Niki McGloster

Mar 24, 2020