Keyshia Cole (born October 15, 1981) is an American singer/songwriter, record producer, business woman, and television personality. She was born in Oakland, California. Her career began when she met MC Hammer at the age of 12, and later met rapper Tupac Shakur. At the age of 18, she moved to Los Angeles and was later introduced to A&M Records. She released her debut album, The Way It Is (2005), which spawned five singles: “Never,” “I Changed My Mind,” “(I Just Want It) To Be Over,” “I Should Have Cheated,” and “Love.” It was certified gold within 17 weeks, and then platinum just eight weeks later. The album stayed on the charts for over a year, selling over 1.6 million copies.
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Cole grew up listening to her mentor Tupac Shakur. Cole cites Mary J. Blige as one of her greatest musical inspirations, along with R&B singers Brandy and Monica. In an interview, Cole spoke about artists from the 1980s that influenced her. “Anita Baker, her voice is incredible and her lyrics are deep. Really listen to them.” Cole proclaims. “Big Daddy Kane, the original…you can’t think Brooklyn or door knockers and not think Big Daddy Kane, smooth operator: one of hip-hop’s pioneers. LL Cool J, one of the first MC’s to really dissect lyrics and turn them inside out; and he made it sexy! MC Lyte, the female MC that rhymes in such a way that you don’t care if she was male or female…her voice tone is crazy, and her lyrical game bananas. Queen Latifah, she represented the strong female MC, she showed us and taught us about flow and lyrical dexterity. Kid ‘n Play, they showed you how to take your rap game to the next level…movies!”
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