Kelis Gets Bossy
By Dave Hughes
In Out�s June issue we caught up with Kelis in the studio while she put the finishing touches on her new album, Kelis Was Here, due out June 13. Here�s the rest of the interview.
Is your new glammed-up image reflected in the music on Kelis Was Here?
I don�t know that it�s necessarily a new glammed-up image. I don�t go out very much and people don�t often get to see this side of me, but fashion has always been a huge part of my world. I wanted to bring that forward. I�m older now, so I hope that this album is more sophisticated, but still young and fun.
Kanye West recently denounced homophobia in hip hop. Where do you stand on the issue?
I don�t really have a stand on homophobia in particular, aside from thinking that any phobia of people is wrong.
Is it difficult to sing with a grille in your mouth?
It depends. If the grille is done properly, it�s easy to speak and sing with it in. For two years I was wearing it all the time, but if you stop wearing it, it takes a little time to remember how to speak with it in.
Who are the producers you�ve been working with for this album?
Will.I.Am, Linda Perry, Raphael Sadiq, Cee-Lo� No Neptunes, though, because I�m not on Star Trak anymore.
Too Short is on �Bossy.� Who are some of the other guests on the record?
Will.I.Am and Cee-lo, who I worked with, are on there, but I�m not big on featuring other people on my records, because it�s my time to shine. You only have 12 songs to tell a complete story, so you have to maintain your focus. When you write a diary, you don�t have someone else write pieces in there too.
Do you boss your husband, Nas, around?
People are getting that a little confused. �Bossy� is not about bossing someone around. It�s about being my own boss.
So you didn�t tell Nas to get that tattoo [of Kelis, naked, on his arm]?
No, absolutely not, that was all him.