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My interview with Jill Scott in the June / July issue of BUST magazine – while it’s still on newsstands. (Yes… I’m hella late.)

Jill talked about being a “character singer” – acting through her music. She discussed the effects of her divorce, the birth of her son and gave her take on dating now.

My world was rocked today. Questlove (my one and only celeb crush – seriously), Raphael Saadiq (Bay Area!!!) and Amy Winehouse will record an album together – at least if they can work around Winehouse’s limitations. She’s previously been denied a visa due to drug and assault arrests.

The group doesn’t have a name or a projected release date but I’ll be holding my breath for this one. It’s literally impossible for these three geniuses to mess this up even if the album is 90 minutes of mic checks and throat clearing.

Spotted on Rap Radar

It seems children will ALWAYS love Michael Jackson. I met this nine-year-old in the train station at 125th street on the anniversary of MJ’s death. (Excuse the crap quality of my iPhone pic)

I just discovered two new songs in the “Listeners Also Bought” box when I was listening to Erykah Badu on iTunes and deciding whether I’ll buy the digital album or the CD. Both Leela James and Vivian Green, two artists I’ve been waiting for new albums from, dropped singles in the last month or so.

I really enjoyed Leela’s on first listen. “Tell Me You Love Me” is a woman’s plea with her unexpressive man to understand that she needs to hear how he feels. Listen on her site.

Although Vivian Green sounds amazing as always, her song was less of an instant hit with me. “Beautiful” also speaks directly to a man, this time about what he needs to do better with the next one – “tell her when she looks beautiful.”

I love that she starts out this song by singing, “I don’t want to waste an entire album on you, I’ve been there and done that.” Pow!

Erykah Badu and Kelis both just released videos for the first singles for their upcoming albums.

In “Window Seat” we see a knew, umm… side of Erykah Badu when she strips down to nothing on the streets of Dallas. At the end of the video, after a gunshot, Badu falls down – completely nude- in the spot where JFK was assassinated.

In “Acapella,” Kelis sports that gray hair, long tail look she raised eyebrows with in January. Somehow, it works. But pretty much everything Kelis does works for me.

Kelis – Acapella
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Erykah Badu has released the cover art for New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, due out March 30.

A lot going on. But Erykah always has a lot going on. Can’t wait for this album.

I’m late on posting this but…anywho. This video of Michelle Trachtenberg rapping to Nicki Minaj’s verse on “Shakin It For Daddy” made me put the Robin Thicke track in the rotation.