Re:Generation: OMG Michelle
By Out.com Editors
Don't let the confrontational tone of OMG Michelle's single 'You Don't Know Michelle' fool you. For all their talk of 'pullin' hair,' 'poppin' nails,' and 'douche-made haters,' the five-woman lesbian hip-hop outfit'who collaborate with gay producer DJ Kingdom -- are actually an affable bunch, calling for love, tolerance, and a crunk-flavored revival of New York City's flagging dance scene. Member Alisa Michelle (a.k.a. Christmas) says she asked her brother to incorporate inspiring 'hippy shit' into the song, which quickly attracted online buzz last year. 'There is an element of hating on people, but also of being together, like we all love each other,' she explains. 'We want that to be the message, above all the other bullshit.'
OMG Michelle -- which includes Brooklynites Alisa, Chaydha (a.k.a. Lil' Man), Helen, Melanie (a.k.a. Cocoa Slim), and Tami (a.k.a. Africa) -- began as tight-knit dinner party clan before they caught wind of Kingdom's first mix tape and recruited him to whip up some beats they could rap over. Their first track, the insanely catchy 'You Don't Know Michelle,' was recorded at Kingdom's apartment in one night. And though Melanie says one of her goals is to have 'a bomb music video,' it seems the club-bangers have already achieved it with their clip for the song, a hysterical montage of Full House clips featuring TV toddler Michelle Tanner (played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen), who, with the help of low-budget computer effects, repeatedly mouths the chorus, 'Bitch, you don't know Michelle.'
The group is currently at work on their upcoming album, a mix of '90s rap, electro, R&B, dancehall, house, and club.