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The incomparable Patti LaBelle has been captivating the music industry since she first hit the scene more than 50 years ago. Since that moment, she has mesmerized us with her incredible range, soul and passion, while blazing a trail for powerful female contemporary singers like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. So as Patti prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, we figured there was no better tribute than taking a look back at some of this diva’s most incredible performances.
Making it in the music industry as a solo artist is hard enough but when there are two or more people in a group, tensions are bound to arise because mo’ money plus mo’ people equal mo’ problems. Although they made beautiful music together, these 15 popular rap and R&B groups just couldn’t set aside their differences in the long run.
Afrocentric alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development became very popular in the early 90’s. Founded by Speech and his former best friend, DJ Headliner, along with Dionne Farris and spiritual leader Baba Oje, they are best known for their song “Everyday People.” In 1993 the group won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. They were also tapped by Spike Lee to record a song for his “Malcolm X” biopic that same year. However, Arrested Development never eclipsed the success they had with their debut album. Their sophomore album was panned by critics and shortly after that the group broke up due to “creative differences.” The band patched things up four years later but things were never the same as they struggled to reclaim their popularity in the U.S. Today, the group continues to tour internationally and released their 10th album in 2012.
Some artists suffer from not having the “It” factor that will take them to the next level so if they’re part of a group, they stay there because they know its where their bread is buttered. But the artists on today’s list stayed in their groups to get their feet wet in the music industry because when they went solo, they blew up even more! Check it!
It wasn’t too long ago when Patti LaBelle crossed the stage with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx wearing nothing but feathers, spandex and four-inch heels. Known for their sexually charged, erotic songs like “Lady Marmalade,” LaBelle was one of the first female groups to use music as a platform to discuss sex. At the time it was not seen as a liberating feat, but more of a bold move for women in the industry whom always “subtlety suggested” through sexual innuendos. It’s important to note that although they were shocking in their apparel, all three women could sing the white off rice. 50 years later it’s a different story.