Dreams of an R&B chick is the clean and family-friendly way of putting it, and I think I will stick with that for now. Every so often anR&B singer does come along who, as if wielding her clefs and quavers like a bow and arrows, hits me right in the heart and I am instantly in absolute love.
The other week it was Pink (Yeah. I know Pink isn’t R&B but she was once) and before that it has been Iryn (same as Pink) and it will forever always be Monica as well.
It is currently Letoya Luckett.
Letoya Luckett first escaped the music world’s attention when she was part of the first lineup of Destiny’s Child. Destiny’s Child, aka Beyonce with Baggage, was a quartet in the late nineties. The blonde lead singer and daughter of the group’s manager was assisted on stage by three other singers, one of whom was Letoya.
One day Letoya said something to Beyonce and got fired. I don’t know what it was, but I like to assume that, because they are both from Houston, Texas (a state on TV) that it went something like this:
“Who da heyll you thank you is?”
“Ah ain’t even tryin to hear none a dat bull shit you sayin’”
“Aww, you ain’t all DAT, sista girl!”
“You just tawkin’ but you ain’t all ain’t nond a dat. You triflin’ scootin’ awl fangersnappin’ ass cayint even sang, dats’ why AH do all the sangin up in dis group!”
“AAaaawheeeylnah! I know she did not just say whaddai THANK she said?”
“Aaw you besbeleeevee I said, it Letoya! I’m the bawsse up in here!”
“You ain’t da bawss!”
“I’m da bawsss. Ah’m so da bawsss, I can even fire you ass!”
And from then onwards Letoya Luckett was a solo artiste.
After a stint in the competitive mixed martial arts circuit known as the Kumite (Whoohah-Snap!) during which she vanquished many, she returned from the underworld determined to put her dark and murderous past behind her and dedicate her talents to making music that will heal (as opposed to tearing the beating hearts out of her opponents’ chests).
Her first attempt was the song Torn. It was a neo-jazz-fusion of blues-centric folk with a tint of negro spiritual and very salient impressions of south American Indian influences and was a moving lament about the degradation of the environment being wrought by man’s avarice. In the third verse she memorably asked, “Shall the past be torn from the future by the present?”
The song was produced by Terry Bishop, though and he said, fuck that. Make it an R&B love song. Which is what happened. And that one was a hit. Especially towards the end when she goes tooo—ooo—oorn! It’s entertaining.
Now, this song was followed by others such as well, I don’t remember their names. What I do remember is that, during the performance of these songs, she would do the woooooOOOOoooHhh thing that makes me love R&B music and this, in tandem with her looking fine, caused me to like her very much. Letoya Luckett is therefore this weeks R&B Chick of The Week.
Letoya, you win the following grand prizes. A link to a youtube video of your song.
A link to your official website.
A friend request on facebook or a like of your Facebook page where I will post, in all caps and with no correctly spelled words at all, a very frantic and drooly and psychotic burst of praise and, finally, I shall consider, very seriously, buying your record.