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Who’s Got the Voice??!?!?.

black choirI haven’t done a music post for real, for real in a second.  But what the hell, it’s Friday, I’m sexxy, and we don’t have anything else to do.

On Monday night, one of my girl’s friends was over at my house doing her hair and since we’re young and Black…

…Beyonce came up.  I’ve come to accept that there are two schools of thought when it comes to Beyonce.

1)  She cannot sing at all, she just dances hard, and has the personality of a head of lettuce.

2)  She is a great singer and dances her booty off, and has the personality of a head of lettuce.

Of course, my girls’ friend was in the Beyonce can’t sing camp and it launched a discussion about who actually can sing.  I won’t run down her entire list but she threw Mario in there (she said that Trey Songz cannot sing which I found odd since Trey Songz absolutely can sing and is also a better singer than Mario).

Anyway, I figured what better place to see people’s true colors than here at VSB where objectivity rules the day and biases don’t run rampant.

Ahem.

So today, I, Panama Dontavious Jackson, will illuminate your lives with a list of 10 folks whose voices need to be recognized.  Since I am music (and Malcolm X) this is my charge in life.  Follow me!!

1) Donny Hathaway

I swear, this is one of the few grown ass men who’s ever brought a tear to my eyes, with the other being my father after an asswhippin’. Donny had one of the most beautiful voices EVER. So clear, so beautiful. So fresh and so clean clean. In fact, Donny’s voice was so good, he didn’t feel like he deserved it anymore and jumped out of a window of a hotel in New York City in January of 1979.

2) Marvin Gaye

What can be said about Marvin Gaye except that a lot you negroes out there are here because of him. His voice was so sultry and silky that he could create an album that should have been entitled “F*ck You Anna” (real title: Here My Dear) and it still came out sounding like a gift from God. Marvin Gaye was dat nigga. That’s the only thing I can say about him.

3) Sam Cooke

“I was booooooooooooooooorn by the river…”

From “Cupid” to “Cha Cha Cha” Sam’s voice was just raw and uncut. He made the most kiddy songs sound like something you’d get you some “action” too. However, the song that still brings a slight tear to my eye is “A Change Gonna Come”. Good gracious that is a serious song. The man sang like he knew he was going to die.

Guess what?? He got shot in a hotel in Los Angeles messing with the wrong woman at the wrong time.

Guess he was somewhat of a psychic, huh???

4) David Ruffin (of The Temptations)

Neither drugs, nor hoes, nor crack cocaine, could keep David Ruffin from sharing with the world his gift of harmonious melody. However, those things did keep him from making tour dates and turned him into an a-hole. Or at least according to Otis, even though we KNOW wasn’t nobody coming to see Otis.

5) Teddy Pendergrass

From “Love TKO” to “Close The Door” to “Wake Up Everybody”, Teddy has one of the most distinct voices in music. The harsh grit mixed with the smooth lova man vibe brought many a woman to her knees. Sad too, because that’s how he ended up in a wheelchair. Word to the wise, if you must get head in your whip fellas…watch the road, mmkay???

6) Amel Larrieux

This woman’s voice gives me the chills. No really, if you listen to the song “Freedom” on the Panther soundtrack, she has like two lines and then scats towards the end; whoooooooooooooooowee I just get the heeby jeeby’s listening to her. Her voice is so beautiful and effortless I’m almost convinced she’s really an angel sent here to touch lives.

7) Lauryn Hill

Allow me to commit blasphemy for a second. I don’t think The Mis-education of Lauryn Hill is that great. Is it a good album…yes. But I’m not just goo goo for it. However, I cannot deny how beautiful her voice is. Lauryn pre-2002 was essentially the epitome of woman. Gorgeous, beautiful, lovely voice, smart, sarcastic, etc. And now she’s just nuts.

8) Luther Vandross

Ya know what…he doesn’t even need an explanation. Luther can best be summed up using a title of one of his songs…

“So Amazing”.

9) Beyonce

I don’t care what you say. The girl can just flat out sing. If you disagree, you are a hater and should light yourself on fire…in the desert.

10) Whitney Houston

Because before crack she was crack.

Now that list was in no particular order, but those are 10 folks who I think can/could pretty much outsing anybody.  But this begs the question, as far as singers go (and ones that most folks would recognize), but let’s settle it…

…who has the best voice of all time??  And who would make your top 10 singers list?

VSB, Panama would like to know.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIRL,  HE A 3

Damon Young

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • Selah

    Nina Simone – Not only does her unique voice send chills down my spine, but she has a song for anything you might be going through. Really. She sang THAT many songs.

    maxwell – i’m not gonna start describing, because then I won’t stop. lol

    And I must co-sign the Donny Hathaway, because “A Song For You” is one of my favorites :)

    • Gem of the Ocean

      @Selah,

      maxwell, aka Gem’s babehdaddeh, is DEF on my 10 list of awesome sangahs. mostly becuz the sound of his crooning voice makes me misty down there.

      • http://fromselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

        @Gem of the Ocean,

        Gem’s WHO??? I like how everybody claims him, when it’s a known fact that he love him some Selah.

        • Gem of the Ocean

          @Selah,

          all i know is he’s mind freaked the heck outta me. and conception occurred almost instantaneously.

          • Voiceovereason

            @Gem of the Ocean,

            LMAO!

    • Me fail english?

      @Selah,

      Damn, we’re starting off strong. Nina Simone would DEF make my top ten (or five) voices of all time, dead or alive.

      • http://fromselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

        @Me fail english?,

        yep, she was def a beast on the mic. Plus, she said ish like, “If I’da had my way, I’da been a killa” lol

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEX19zLQezU (around 2:15)

  • Leila

    How about Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder?

    • http://fromselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

      @Leila,

      oooo I hearts me some Stevie!

      Speaking of the blind… What about Ray Charles? That boy could SANG! “Georgia” can still make me shed a tear or two.

      • charli skipp

        @Selah,
        ohmigoodness. i loooooooooooooove “georgia.” so beautiful.

      • Me fail english?

        @Selah,

        YES @ Ray. We iz >here< today.

        How bout that "Baby it's cold outside"? Nina and Ray gettin coy and flirtatious. Loved that song since I was little.

        • http://fromselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

          @Me fail english?,

          Yassum! they could do no wrong (singing wise. let’s not mention his drug addictions and stuff. lol)

    • http://blackwomanlost.blogspot.com Naturally Alise

      @Leila,

      Folks may throw stones at me, but Aretha just don’t do it for me… I know she “da queen” and sh*t, but her voice irritates me…

      • Gem of the Ocean

        @Naturally Alise,

        well we shall stand stoned together. becuz i agree with you.

        • http://fromselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

          @Gem of the Ocean,

          me three. I also feel that way bout Diana Ross, too though. *shrugs*

          • Gem of the Ocean

            @Selah,

            indeed. there’s a lot of singers who have a few hits i LOVE. but their voices? not so much.

          • http://musicmakesmehigh.wordpress.com Reecie

            @Selah, well Diana definitely can’t sing. I don’t go goo goo ga ga for Retha but I wouldnt’ dare put her in the same box as Diana Ross, lol. Old school Retha shuts it down.

          • http://fromselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

            @Reecie,

            LOL! i thought it was just me who wasn’t really sure why Diana was so popular… apparently it’s not.

          • shay_d_lady

            @Selah, i thought it was just me who wasn’t really sure why Diana was so popular… apparently it’s not.

            LOL thats what people will say about Beyonce in 20 years

          • Me fail english?

            LOL@ all of this. Diana is in a league of her own!

            …a league that was never meant to sing but gave great handjobs, ask Berry Gordy!

            Seriously tho, Keep me Hangin On, Stone Love, Muscles, Upside Down when could she sing? Waste of flowing weave. Although I do like her light and ethereal version of Good Morning Heartache. Billie’s version makes me wanna slit wrists. Mine and others.

          • http://www.museacdonline.com pgh muse

            @Reecie, wait… did somebody say Diana Ross can’t sing?

            All the drama aside, Diana Ross, much like Beyonce Knowles can BLOW (now I’m not saying that Beyonce can blow like Diana – i won’t say that) But Diana Ross CAN SANG… and Beyonce can sing too. Diana sang Ain’t no Mountain high enough, Love Hangover, Upside Down, many many others.

      • shay_d_lady

        @Naturally Alise, really? she irritates me now cause of all that loud singing and yelling but

        her old stuff from back in the day?
        I love it especially
        Dr. Feel Good, I never loved a man, and aint no way…..

        • Me fail english?

          @shay_d_lady,

          Word. Natural Woman, Hooked on your Love, Daydreaming, etc. she moves me. Now if ya say that bout Jennifer Holliday, I gotta feel ya on that one…

      • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

        @Naturally Alise,

        I like Aretha but did a major side-eye during that inauguration performance. I mean, some folks get hella passes for their status is all I’m sayin’.

        • http://musicmakesmehigh.wordpress.com Reecie

          @Cheekie, this is true, but as much as I looove Stevie, he doesn’t sound as good as he used to either. some icons just need to say no thanks. LOL

          • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

            @Reecie,

            Yup, that’s true, too. And I STAN for Stevie. But, I’m also able to admit he’s flawed unlike Beyonce stans. :)

      • http://blkbond.blogspot.com BlkBond

        @Naturally Alise,

        I apologize for the size of the stone…(laughs)

        Bond.

    • Captain Morgan

      @Leila,
      Stevie was the first person i thought of when i finished reading the list. I dare someone to try to sing ‘All if Fair in Love’, sounds easy, but his range is crazy.

      • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com Monk

        @Captain Morgan,

        Stevie is definitely one or my most favorite artists of all time, however, I can’t put him in that category of greatest voices. Nope…can’t do it. Powerful lyrics, intoxicating music, amazing musicianship, but his voice isn’t up there with some of the best sangas of all time. Good vocal stylings, but just not up THERE there.

        • Gem of the Ocean

          @Monk,

          i agree.

      • BluesmanJazz

        @Captain Morgan,
        All Stevie did was influence Donny Hathaway…you gotta include the master if you’re going to include someone he “schooled.”

  • http://www.myspace.com/buboniccalypso buboniccalypso

    1. Stephanie Mills

    2. Raphael Saadiq

    3. Jill Scott

    4. Maxwell

    5. Sade

    6. Smokey Robinson

    7. Lauryn Hill

    8. Michael Jackson

    9. Grenique

    10. Dinah Washington

    my bonus lol

    11. Etta James

    also not in any given order

    • superwoman

      @buboniccalypso, now THIS is a list i can co-sign!!! your list was alright, Panama – but i’m not sure Beyonce belonged in the league of the greats – i’m not saying she can’t sing – but she’s nowhere near the rest of the folk on your list – be truthful, even you know this.

      who else?
      1. let me support my peeps for a moment – the late great Miriam Makeba, Sibongile Khumalo, , Lesego, the Jaziel Brothers, Ringo Madlingozi, RJ Benjamin, Thandiswa Mazwai and Letta Mbulu – beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
      2. the very underrated dionne faris – there’s something i love about her voice.
      3. al green
      3. mariah carey… a bit bubblegum and scream-y for my taste lately, but no one can deny the vocal beauty of ‘vision of love’
      4. roberta flack
      5. seal
      6. khadja nin – love that smokiness in her voice.
      7. billie holiday – although i can’t stand to listen to more than one song every 9 months or so…. she has so much emotion in her voice, it makes me tearful and depressed to listen to her.

      and that’s all for now. i just KNOW that right in the middle of the workday, i’ll think of someone crucial who i forgot to put on…but for now, i gotta get up, get ready for work!

      • shay_d_lady

        @superwoman, the very underrated dionne faris – there’s something i love about her voice.

        I love her too… her michelle ndegeocello (i know its spelled wrong, to tired to google) and tracey chapman all have a voice that tells a story full of emotion, though Dionne has the purest voice by far

        • Captain Morgan

          @shay_d_lady,

          I LOVE MeShell, she’s not really strong on the singing tip though, she’s more of a poet with some melodic tendencies.

      • http://wheresana.blogspot.com/ Intellectual Hedonist

        @superwoman, i agree with most of your list except Mariah… ever since she started singing with her Vajayjay she been off. Actually nothing good has come out of her since Tommy Matolla pulled out

        btw: I will be in Cape Town tomorrow

        • superwoman

          @Intellectual Hedonist, sweetie, you must come INLAND!!! Gangsta’s Paradise (Gauteng Province, tee hee!) is where it’s at!! leave those namby-pamby capetonians alone!!! they’re just slow and stoned and tanned…. life is more happening in jozi maboneng! how was the rest of the tour? where else did you stop? sounds o so glam!

          • http://wheresana.blogspot.com/ Intellectual Hedonist

            @superwoman, thus far..Spain, Morocco, Ghana (LOVED IT), and now Cape Town. I have 2 days to fill and then Im on safari for the last 3 we are there. I hope to see the fancy futbol stadium you are building for 2010

        • superwoman

          @Intellectual Hedonist, but back to mariah… her music has been horrid for years, i agree… but i still heart the first album…. i get tearful listening to ‘vision of love’ i can’t help it!!! and her voice, despite how uselessly she uses it, is impressive..

          • http://wheresana.blogspot.com/ Intellectual Hedonist

            @superwoman, I have to agree with you..she could sing (more like SANG) on that first album. then she just dropped like a hookas drawls

          • http://stuffghettopeoplelike.wordpress.com Stuff Ghetto People Like

            @superwoman, I love her first two albums also….but she swears that wasn’t really her artistic vision, that these pseudo Hip-Hop records are the real her. Maybe it is after so many albums going that direction and still being here. Perhaps if that real her came up front in 90-91, she would have been pigeonholed as new jack swing?

          • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

            @superwoman,

            Yeah Mariah has changed drastically. Using that cutesy breathy voice is getting on my dayum nerves. She got too good a voice to be resorting that crap. Leave that mess to Britney.

      • OrangeStar616

        @superwoman, Gotta agree with AL, SEAL yesssss love him, and Billie… strong co-signage

      • cam1ll3

        @superwoman,

        young!! dionne farris! love her…ain’t enough of her material out here. good mention!!

    • shay_d_lady

      @buboniccalypso, I gotta give you props for Dinah and Etta….

  • http://blackwomanlost.blogspot.com Naturally Alise

    Phyllis Hyman makes me tear up from any song she touches. “Living All Alone” is a song I can’t play if I am even remotely sad or depressed (like right now)

    Anita Baker has on of the most pure voices, and live she will mesmerize you… just awesome!

    • http://fromselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

      @Naturally Alise,

      awww cheer up Ms. Alise! Go put on some Michael Jackson and dance around or something. That always helps me. lol

    • http://twitter.com/WuDaMan WuDaMan

      @Naturally Alise,

      You so Cackilacky smooth

    • http://presidentialtelevisionandfilm.ning.com Monk

      @Naturally Alise,

      One time for Anita Baker!

  • Leila

    I love Amel! I saw her perform in a jazz club last year and she has a beautiful voice;)

    My top 10:
    Aretha Franklin – Been a huge fan since I was a little girl. Without a doubt, one of the most talented singers ever.

    Michael Jackson – Can’t imagine what music would have been without MJ

    Prince – A true artist and very talented

    Stevie Wonder – Self-explanatory

    Sam Cooke – Got into his music when I got older.So much talent.

    Maxwell – Sultry voice, smooth style, and noone puts on a show like him. Love his music.

    Whitney Houston – Self-explanatory

    Jill Scott – not a fan of the last album but still one of my favorite singers

    Beyonce – Very talented and consistent. Has a lot of songs that I like and is improving with each new album.

    Chachi Tadesse- Talented Ethiopian singer who I’ve liked for a long time:)

    • OrangeStar616

      @Leila, Prince my dude, such a rock starrrrrr!!!!!

      • 3Dee’z

        @OrangeStar616,

        Love me some Prince with a passion..

        Jill Scott is my gal, amazingly talented..

  • http://thesunk.com The Hallway

    Anita Baker and Sade. Enough said

    • Officer Ricky

      @The Hallway,

      Anita Baker and Sade. Enough said

      Amen and AMEN!

      I know I’ll be a bit different, but them Boyz II Men are absolute heaven. Every single one of them.. shiiiiiii. They can sing for me and I’d probably get moist.. ”no homo”

      • http://stuffghettopeoplelike.wordpress.com Stuff Ghetto People Like

        @Officer Ricky, that’s kinda stretching the limits of the “no homo” disclaimer. Because dudes shouldn’t be gettin’ moist.

        • Me fail english?

          @Stuff Ghetto People Like,

          Yeah, more like no femo…unless you’re talking about busting on yourself in which case you should just neglect to mention that part. :)

          • http://fromselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

            @Me fail english?,

            LOL!

  • Gem of the Ocean

    i dunno about the best singers of ALL TIME. but i do have a list of top 10 singers who i personally enjoy and could listen to endlessly becuz their voices and lyrics touch my soul (and in one instance, other regions)

    in no particular order…
    sarah vaughn
    luther vandross
    anita baker
    marvin gaye
    amel larrieux
    prince
    chrisette michele
    maxwell
    whitney houston
    marc anthony (en español)

    • bittersweet’s baby

      @Gem of the Ocean,

      So is it Maxwell or Marc Anthony who touch your nether regions? Or do you let them touch em at the same time? hahaaaa ;)

      • Gem of the Ocean

        @bittersweet’s baby,

        just mah babehdadeh maxwell :)

    • http://wheresana.blogspot.com/ Intellectual Hedonist

      @Gem of the Ocean, e prima I love your list

      • Gem of the Ocean

        @Intellectual Hedonist,

        and i love YOU eprima :)

    • Me fail english?

      @Gem of the Ocean,

      marc anthony (en español)

      Dont know much of his stuff. BFF, bf and their families put me on, but his version of “Que Lio” and “Si Tu No Te Fueras” are among the favs I do know. Yes, he is serious and is far more talented than his wife as both an actor and singer, although I love her.

      • IVR

        @Me fail english?, My little latino subset:

        Oscar de Leon
        Celia Cruz
        Ismael Rivera
        Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez
        Hector Lavoe
        Ruben Blades
        Frankie Ruiz
        Andy Montañez
        Alexandre Pires . .. brazilian but sings in spanish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMfsX9K4HPk&feature=related – gotta call no h*mo but the dude can sing.

        • Smiley Face

          @IVR,

          I can definitely get down with some Hector Lavoe! Aguanile or Todo Tiene Su Final will put me in trans.

          Selena’s Como la Flor got me moving too.

          • miss t-lee

            @Smiley Face,
            “Selena’s Como la Flor got me moving too.”

            What?!?! :)
            You know growing up in here in her heyday it was impossible to NOT like Selena . Even though I only understood about a 1/4 of what she was saying at the time…I made my BFF translate. lol
            *off to look up Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

          • Smiley Face

            @miss t-lee,

            seeee…now i’m dancing in my seat!! LOL

          • Gem of the Ocean

            @Smiley Face,

            aguanile is my joint!! marc a. sings the heck outta the song as well!!

            and selena was very talented as well. Como La Flor was that ish

        • Gem of the Ocean

          @IVR,

          great list. i do LOVE me some ruben blades.

        • Me fail english?

          @IVR,

          Yessir! @ Celia “Qumibara mi Cuba, quimba, quimbara mi Cuba!” Gramps lived in Cuba for a while. That ish used to take him back. I’d rock out with him.

          Stuntin like Granddaddeh… 8)

          Cosign@ El Cantante too. Esp. El Dia de Mi Suerte and Mi Gente. Altho I like Marc Anthony’s version of Que Lio better. Sue me, I’m new school!

      • Gem of the Ocean

        @Me fail english?,

        i didnt really fall for marc’s voice until i saw the movie El Cantante. he did the whole soundtrack and the man is fiyah!!

        and i def co-sign on your entire strike through lol.

        • Smiley Face

          @Gem of the Ocean,

          I didn’t know Marc Anthony’s music history was so expansive..he was into everything

  • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

    ***contemporary artists whose voices standout to me (in a good way).these aren’t neccesarily the “best”, just the ones I enjoy the most***

    dido
    bilal
    anthony hamilton
    john mayer
    ursula rucker (I know she doesn’t sing, but I love her voice so much that i’d cop an album of her reading from a yiddish cookbook)
    erykah badu
    jill scott
    fiona apple
    amy winehouse
    damien rice

    • http://blackwomanlost.blogspot.com Naturally Alise

      @The Champ, YES! Ursula Rucker’s voice will put you in a trance. I really dig her!

    • shay_d_lady

      @The Champ, I dont know ursula rucker but your list is pretty cool.
      hmmm.. this is weird..complimenting champ on his taste. I must have the swine flu
      LMAO

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @shay_d_lady,

        lol, yeah. we never agree about anything. I better be on the lookout for falling pig sh*t tomorrow morning

    • Gem of the Ocean

      @The Champ,

      if my list extended to 15, jill scott and erykah would have def been on it. if it was to 20, bilal and john mayer would make the cut.

    • miss t-lee

      @The Champ,
      “dido”

      Yep!!! Love that first album.

    • http://nianaturally.blogspot.com N.I.A. naturally

      @The Champ,

      Definitely co-sign you list. I was wondering if I was going to be the only one to mention Jill.

    • http://forbesavenue.com Tyler

      @The Champ,

      YES! Anthony Hamilton. I forgot him on my list. “I’m A Mess” is my SHIT!

    • OrangeStar616

      @The Champ, I loved Fionnas first cd “Criminal” was my sh*t truly, from start to finish……

      I’d also like to add Kurt Cobain RIP…….dude could sing like a mofo!!!

      • Me fail english?

        @OrangeStar616,

        Haha, I didnt wanna get ran out of town over Kurt but Lithium, Pennyroyal Tea, Rape Me etc. Yes, he could take over my brain with his voice.

        • OrangeStar616

          @Me fail english?, LOL girl my fav Nirvana joint is “Come as you are” CRANKS!! followed by “In Bloom” “Heart Shaped box” etc OMG… and whats funny is we all phcuked with them we were like 17, when Smells like Teen Spirit first dropped and the vid, we was like look @ that crazy white boy LOL but nobody ever wanted to turn the channel cause there was no denying the music!!!! They changed the Rock game single handedly

          • http://stuffghettopeoplelike.wordpress.com Stuff Ghetto People Like

            @OrangeStar616, “Come As You Are” was my cut too. That whole Seattle grunge scene of the time churned out some classics for everyone.

            Hell, take it back to the 80s, a whole lot of hood Black folks f*cked with new wave, even hair metal. No amount of revisionism can cover that up, and there shouldn’t be any shame in it either…

      • miss t-lee

        @OrangeStar616,
        Oooooh “Heart Shaped Box” , “All Apologies”, and “In Bloom”.

    • Ian D.

      @The Champ,
      DIDO CANNOT SING!
      She can carry a tune

  • shay_d_lady

    Flat out sing?
    I gotta go with
    Sam Cooke
    Aretha franklin
    Whitney Houston
    Vision of love-butterfly Mariah
    Freddie Jackson
    Jeffrey Osborne
    Deborah Cox
    Peabo Bryson
    Luffa..
    Christina Aguilerra
    Celine Dion -titanic
    Natalie Cole especially doing the Im catching Hell/Mr Melody phase
    Nat King Cole
    Brian Mcknight One last cry-Anytime
    Jill Scott
    the girls of en vogue -tightest harmonies ever
    Josh Grobin
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Patti, Patti Labelle
    and Husky voice pioneer
    Gladys, gladys, gladys……Knight..
    The lead singer of the go go dolls on that Iris joint
    bebe and cece winans..oh my gawd Higher love?

    oh was I only supposed to name 10
    and shyt to many gospel singers to count but
    yolanda adams cause I still love the battle is not yours….

    • http://blackwomanlost.blogspot.com Naturally Alise

      @shay_d_lady,

      I was with your list until Natalie Cole… yikes… her voice makes me want to kick teddy bears…

      • shay_d_lady

        @Naturally Alise, girl I love me some still on crack natalie…. after the crack
        she did become
        wack

    • http://jdiva.wordpress.com chaoticdiva

      @shay_d_lady,

      I <3 your list, because you included my overlooked sista Christina. Yes, she's a sista…she's 1/2 Puerto Rican (i.e. light skinnded black people that speak spanish).

      • IVR

        @chaoticdiva, “she’s 1/2 Puerto Rican (i.e. light skinnded black people that speak spanish).”

        I thought she was half ecuadorean . . . could be wrong tho . . .not too many black folks in that part of latin america. There are some dark skinned latinos too ya know . . .shout out to my Panameños!

        • http://wheresana.blogspot.com/ Intellectual Hedonist

          @IVR, actually all of Central America is filled with Black skinded Latinos.. I know in Guatemala there is a whole area we like to keep them (that sounds so bad). It’s the region my aunt was from and her kids look like any black person I know

          • IVR

            @Intellectual Hedonist, Central America, yes. Hondurans, Belizeans, Costa Ricans . . . (never met any black mexicans or salvies). Coastal places in south america have plenty of black folks . . . But places like Argentina, Chile, Ecuador . . . we exist there I am sure (I think the entire ecuadorean soccer time is black) but I cant imagine there are too many because I have never met any of them. Or maybe they just stay where they are at and don’t move to the states.

        • Me fail english?

          @IVR,

          Yes, the Garifunas are alive and well in that part of the world. I forgot, you were Panamanian.

        • http://jdiva.wordpress.com chaoticdiva

          @IVR,

          Dude, I’m Afro-Cuban.

          And my Afro-Cuban family resides in 88% Black Brazil. And most people I meet from S. America (minus Columbia) are brown like moi.

          But dude, Puerto Ricans are not Latinos…no disrespect. But they are American.

          • IVR

            @chaoticdiva, “But dude, Puerto Ricans are not Latinos…no disrespect. But they are American.”

            Ahh . . .I don’t think that’s fair. There are plenty of latinos born and raised in America. Granted they are extended a lot more perks due to their status but saying they aren’t latinos is akin to african americans telling me that I am not black. So I can’t ride wit u on that one.

      • Gem of the Ocean

        @chaoticdiva,

        lol her papa is ecuadorean. and clearly not all ricans are of african descent.

    • http://www.museacdonline.com pgh muse

      @shay_d_lady, Higher love! YES!!

    • http://musicmakesmehigh.wordpress.com Reecie

      @shay_d_lady, this was a really good list.

    • SaneN85

      @shay_d_lady,
      I was waiting for somebody to mention Christina, say what you want about the girl, but she can sing.

      Oh, and Iris is playing on the radio at work, and you speak the truth there.

  • bittersweet’s baby

    Let’s face it, I’ll probably cosign at least 89.7% of who’s really a sanga-sanga. I can especially rock with the verbiage of #7, which I’ve almost gotten stoned for saying before. So no disrespect but, I’d rather just highlight some who for sure cain’t…

    KANDI She sounds like the scary, smelly man with a voicebox that wandered up and down our block when I was growing up.

    DREAM (I can only SMDH at his seeming popularity. I mean they let him open for Mary & Jay. So at least $3.76 of the monies I paid to see them twice went into that non-singin’ cat’s pockets.) He’s workin’ with sumthin, tho cuz somehow he’s lured Christina Milian, but I question her selections anyway…

    CIARA How the eff did she make the MJ tribute list??? Kinda looks like how a singin’ tranny might sound to me. Not that I don’t bop along to a few of them joints.

    PASSION P/PLEASURE P Whichever one it is – it’s a hot mess. Cheap azz tryna sex somebody in lieu of a birthday gift. And he a lil suspect too!

    MILEY CYRUS Yeah, I rock out to the Hannah Montana theme song. So what.

    RIHANNA Maybe I’m just totally disenchanted with her at this point in time, or maybe it’s just that she really does have a grating voice. Can’t call it.

    AKON!!!

    Honorable Mention to Keyshia Cole who is always stage-fright challenged when performing live. But I love her fresh off any recorded medium.

    • Gem of the Ocean

      @bittersweet’s baby,

      i’m not gon front. miley’s “party in the usa” is my jam.

      • nia

        @Gem of the Ocean,
        “and a jay-z song was on! and a jay-z song was on!”

        co-sign

    • http://jdiva.wordpress.com chaoticdiva

      @bittersweet’s baby,

      Ashanti. Cassie (sounds like a dying horse). Britney.

    • Officer Ricky

      @bittersweet’s baby,

      Passion P? Ohh lawwdd.. i’m just dead on that name!

    • superwoman

      @bittersweet’s baby,

      you’re not lying, eh….. rihanna’s voice makes me wanna slit my writs, i swear!! she grates my tits something chronic – so nasal and horrid!!!

      akon!! akon!!!!! A-bloody-kon!!!!!!!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYY??? to think the african continent is responsible for this…*smh*

    • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

      @bittersweet’s baby,

      *Cracking up @ Akon*

      His voice should be locked up.

      • Smiley Face

        @Cheekie,
        “His voice should be locked up”

        and this time REALLY don’t let him out!