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Remember Her? Nicole Wray Talks Possibly Doing Love And Hip Hop, And Why She Can’t Mess With The R&B Divas

November 12th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Nicole Wray and Malcolm

I haven’t seen Nicole Wray since she was “makin’ everybody wanna bob their heads” (as Missy used to say) with her popular song, “Make It Hot.” The singer, now 32, is still out here making great music under the radar, but that might not be the case for too much longer. While chatting with Malcolm of MalcomMusic, the singer, now rocking bright red hair, talked about joining reality TV soon, and why some shows are just too ratchet for her. Ironically, she said the show that she could be joining next season is Love and Hip Hop, which some would say is the most ratchet of all, but Wray says another popular show with a few divas takes the cake:

On Possibly Doing Love And Hip Hop Next Season:

Wray: “Well someone approached me about it, Love and Hip Hop. I’m thinking about it. I don’t know, I just don’t have time for the drama. If I do it I would have so many freakin’ characters around me they can do all the drama all they want. I’m here to show people that I’m here and I’m still standing. That would be my story. You see I’m here, the cameras will be here. I’m touring. I’m doing soul music. I have big freakin’ read hair, you know what I mean? I have my family that’s supporting me. It’s a possibility.”

Why She Would Do LHH And Not R&B Divas:

Wray: “That’s not me. I don’t want to do R&B Divas. First of all, I’m not a diva. I know that’s what they want to call it but I’m not a diva and I’ve seen some of those shows and I just don’t–

Malcolm: “I would have thought you are, like, not in a bad way. You’ve got the talent and the voice.”

Wray: “I just never wanted to be categorized as a diva. It’s just me. And Love and Hip Hop would be able to show me being me and not this diva because it seems Love and Hip Hop, yeah it’s drama, but you’ve seen people’s personal lives. And LA Divas, or not LA Divas, but R&B Divas, is really about them being divas and just about that music in that pot. I’ve got so many other things going on outside music that I don’t want to just get categorized for just that.

Malcolm: “So we will never see Nicole Wray on R&B Divas, but maybe Love and Hip Hop?”

Wray: “I won’t say never…if the check is right.”

Why R&B Divas Is NOT Her Cup Of Tea:

Wray: “I love them, but I don’t like how they’re getting along. I don’t want the world to see that…I listen to a lot of Kelly Price. Lil Mo wrote the majority of my first album, and I don’t like to see them being like fussing each other out and hurting each other’s feelings because we are what the average girl is listening to. I don’t want people to see me in that light, or cursing Lil Mo out, or letting someone slap me or throw a drink on me because I’m supposed to be who I am and I want to be respected.”

I used to be a big fan of this woman and I’m glad to hear she’s still out here trying to do her thing musically. But should she mess with Mona Scott-Young and Love and Hip Hop? Sound off about it below, and watch her interview with Malcolm Music on the next page.

Makin’ Everybody Wanna Bob They Heads: Solange Covers Nicole Wray’s “Make It Hot” During London Concert

January 18th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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What is Solo going to do next!?

If you didn’t know by now, Solange Knowles is a lover of ’90s music to the fullest. And when she’s not defending Brandy’s artistic awesome-ness against blogs on Twitter, she’s covering Nicole Wray. “Make It Hot” was everybody’s jam back in ’98, back when Missy used to do that slip and slide move across the floor, and Nicole was one of the many colorful folk that Elliot and Timbaland were producing bangers for. And clearly it’s still pretty popular, because during a recent show at XOYO in London, Solange decided to show some love to the track by covering it. Bringing out her friend Oliver Sims from the band The xx to help her perform the cut, their very colorful voices helped remind a crowd full of people why “Make It Hot” should be a staple in any iTunes list for a person who grew up in the ’90s. Check out their performance below, which really starts around the 50-second mark.

So did she make it hot? Either way, I know Wray is somewhere smiling at all this attention she’s getting once again. I think I’m going to play the original right now. And I’ve decided to post it if for you if you wanted to clown for a bit. Enjoy!

Where Are They Now? Talented R&B Divas Who’ve Gone MIA Over the Years

July 19th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s tough in this R&B game. If you’re not stripping to your knickers or dipping it low and picking it up slow like Christina Milian said to do (and you see how far that got her), *sucks teeth* it’s hard to get your just dues. Sex sells and real talent sometimes struggles to keep the buying public’s attention. Just look at the following ladies. Being as nosey as we are, we decided to go looking for some recent R&B divas who made a mark and then slowly but surely became hard to find. I’m sure you were wondering too, don’t front!

Per the usual, be ready to click. This slideshow isn’t for the faint at heart or the whiney. Just saying. Thanks!


Blu Cantrell

If you listened to the advice of Blu Cantrell back when she dropped “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops)” back in 2001, when your man wanted to get “buckwild” you needed to stick it to him via his pockets. That little random piece of advice had women everywhere blasting her jam out of their cars. But after dropping that single and the album So Blu in 2001, and Bittersweet in 2003 (which produced the Sean Paul-assisted “Breathe”), Blu Cantrell went MIA.

Or did she? After the fact, a few years later Cantrell was trying her hand at acting, appearing in the stage play Gossip, Lies and Secrets, and even did the usual stint on reality TV by showing up on the NBC program, “Celebrity Circus.” And yes, the show was about exactly what you’re thinking. But allegedly, Cantrell is leaving all that behind to get back to singing, and is in the studio with producer DeShawn Hendrickson, now prepping for a comeback. Will she be well received? Only time will tell.