With her critically hailed début effort ‘Rebellious Soul‘ arriving at # 2 on the Billboard 200 (and # 1 on the R’n’B Albums Chart) last year, ‘Love And Hip Hop : Atlanta‘ alumni K. Michelle has emerged as a reasonably reliable R’n’B force to be reckoned with.
Shifting almost 300,000 units of her début effort in the US alone and bagging the coveted Soul Train Award for Best New Artist, K. Michele’s arrival is yet another triumph for the new wave of R’n’B divas ready to bring on a much-needed change on the R’n’B scene, ironically with a throwback vibe to their sound. Count Tamar Braxton, Solange and Jhene Aiko as the leaders of this soulful brigade, along with Michelle.
The songstress unveils the Benny Boom-directed video for her second official single ‘Can’t Raise A Man‘ – easily one of the best tracks on ‘Rebellious Soul‘. Michelle’s sound is heavily inspired from the likes of R’n’B icons of the 90’s, particularly Faith Evans, Monica and Deborah Cox (‘Can’t Raise A Man‘ – with all its lush, soulful balladry – could easily fit in on Evan’s 1995 classic début ‘Faith‘.)
As of this week, ‘Can’t Raise A Man‘ debuts at # 94 on the Billboard Hot 100, and surges up to # 23 on the Hot R’n’B/Hip Hop Songs Chart.
Check out the video right here :