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Classic Album Review: Kelis | Tasty

The hip-hop popster brings all the boys to her yard with this memorable effort.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


If you remember hip-hop popster Kelis — and honestly, I’d be kinda surprised if you do — it’s probably for her 1999 wronged-woman single Caught Out There, with its wailed chorus of “I hate you so much right now!”

Well, after four years, at least one romantic upheaval and a followup album that was never released in North America, rest assured that Kelis no longer hates you. In fact, on her long-overdue disc Tasty, she’s kind of sweet on ya, in a slightly nasty, Vanity 6 kinda way. If you don’t believe me, just check out her breakthrough hit Milkshake, a nursery-rhyme come-on wrapped in fuzzy synths and set to a rubbery, vaguely exotic percussion groove. Or try the gritty rap-rock of Keep it Down, the electro-Prince soul of Andre 3000’s Millionaire, or the lurching bounce of Trick Me. At least one of them is practically guaranteed to make sure you remember Kelis from now on.