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Sunday, April 09, 2006

 

ModMusic: If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)

Before Jill Scott, Kelis, Erykah Badu, or India.Arie, the female pioneer of 90's urban soul was Me'Shell NdegeOcello, whose bold politics and open sexuality were a refreshing surprise in the world of mass-marketed hip-hop. Although one can trace the roots of her music -- Curtis Mayfield meets Public Enemy meets Alanis Morrissette at Prince's house -- Me'Shell has few equals in the field, combining gorgeous rhythms with mind-opening lyrics.

Her first album, Plantation Lullabies, received three Grammy nominations, including two for its unforgettable first single, "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night". A fierce and feisty snap fight, this raucous journey belies a deeper social message about women and cheating men. (The video's a trip too, if you're so moved.)

Download: If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)
Then Purchase: Plantation Lullabies, Me'Shell NdegeOcello
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