She presented as an Afrofuturist, one who eschewed monochromatics and old lines, one who styled herself like a raunchy, strong superhero out of ’70s blaxploitation.
Her throaty singing, which she could subdue enough to register as rhythmic talking, avoided the melisma and runs that defined many of the black female singers who were her contemporaries.
At 5 feet 10 inches, Kelis was taller than a lot of them, too, and sterling, towering over Pharrell and Hugo and their male associates in the videos.
In fashion and in attitude, wearing massive bleached afros and oily, glittery body makeup, Kelis seemed to self-alienate from the prevailing dogma of the decade she performed in.
That was a great feeling for me, just to have that feeling of family.
He shared this photo, which appears to show the star in a wedding dress, and regularly refers to her as his 'wife'Kelis added: 'I was like, "We’re going to have another baby in the family," so now he’s like, "I can’t wait.
"I don't deal well with authority, and I don't like being predictable," Kelis told Entertainment Weekly in December of 2003.
So far the bold singer has remained a woman of her word--churning out one sexy, catchy and traffic-stopping hit after another--and doing it her way.
From the age of four, Kelis was performing in nightclubs across the country with her jazz saxophonist father, Kenneth G.
Rogers, who played with artists like Dizzy Gillespie and Nancy Wilson.