Friday, March 13, 2009

Mista Jaycee's List of Real Divas!

Ok, yall I've been meaning to plug y'all into this long standing battle that I have with my daughter. Baby Girl says she hates my music but I often find my cd's, records and or cassette tapes in her possession. Even funnier she goes and buys the songs off ITUNES that I have on the cd rack but she too proud to ask Dad if he indeed owns said record.

Now it's a rite of passage for the kid to steal from thier parents music collection. I did it, my Father did it, his Fathers, Father did it but now comes part two of the debate. In an age where everything is either digitally programmed or tweaked in some sort of way it's hard to tell the difference between the real thang and the fake. You know like Lil Kim's treble section and Angel Lola Luv's Bass Section. Dig?

Let's start with the word DIVA! DIVA literally means Goddess or the premier female singer in an opera. PRIMA DONNA also means First Lady. Of course, negative connotations have been attached to both words and even worse they are used so much now that they lost all thier seasoning.

BEYONCE has a great voice, pretty face, nice body and can dance.

ALICIA KEYS has a nice voice, can play piano, write interesting songs and is very easy on the eyes. In addition to that I agree with Long Beach East Arts Village Poet Leonard Williams that she has a cool overbite. I'll quote Leonard. Oh, Alicia Keys I love your overbite, you look like a little bunnie, do you need some money....

MARY J. BLIGE the wife is gonna hate this but MARY is in a special class. Mary improves on every album in every aspect. Looks, subject matter, beats, melody and voice quality. She, like the Whispers just gets better with time. But Mary's best gift is that you believe Mary when she sings a song. Even if she didn't write it, you think it's from her autobiography. Now just for the record though she is the Reigning Queen of Hip Hop Soul!

And all the of them is great but none of them have earned the righteous title of DIVA. One day they will be able to wear it but Today ain't that Day!

So Now here's MistaJaycee's SuperHyperliciousChocolatefreakinghabitformingultratasty list of the Real DIVAS! Try saying that three times fast. (Smile)

I humbly present GLADYS KNIGHT! She was a solo artist long before she grabbed her fam and had them singing and dancing behind her as the Pips. Muscially, ask yourself, have you ever heard anyone that sounds like Gladys? Before or since? Where the baby Gladys? Truly an original voice. ORIGINAL!

Next CHAKA KHAN! The former Black Panther turned Siren influenced Madonna and Brandy and Brittany who followed her fashion setting trends wearing those midriffs, halter tops and hip huggers. Now for the pipes! Chaka's pipes are outerworldly! She's got pipes, range, and most of all Power!

Next on the list NATALIE COLE! Being the daughter of a legend may have given her hereditary talent but this Woman like Chaka has pipes. I mean Natalie Cole can do more in a minute and a half on a record than most singers do on thier whole albums.
So with this let the debate begin.

BE Careful! BE Mindful! BE Prayerful!




You forgot Ms. Etta James, Mr. Jaycee...and although some may disagree, Janet Jackson...yep, I said it!

Mista Jaycee said...

I did not forget the legendary Etta James. She is recognized as a legend already. But I see where you at. Now Janet would be on a different list. Not for singing but for performing and trendsetting. Janet's voice is notoriously thin, I am talking bout Sangers, Dig? (smile)

But Yes, Miss Jackson will get her shine from me. Oh Yes! She will along with Jody Watley and Donna Summer and Mary Davis (SOS band)

Miss.Stefanie said...

MJB! Great list!!

Keli said...

Chaka Kahn to is that to me, my all time favorite female voaclist...but back in the day she used to be coked out missing shows and ish.

Patti LaBelle is a diva. The bodacious wardrobe, big voice, big hair, and larger than life stage presence...that's a diva to me.

Ziggy Za. said...

No debate from me, the list is great! What about Phyllis Hyman? She's just a personal favorite of mine, so don't mind me.

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Yup, I love them!

Mista Jaycee said...

I didn't forget Phylis Hyman. She was not a DIVA yet. She was wonderful but she is on my Terminally Slept on along with Angela Bofill.

Mista Jaycee said...

Patty Didn't make the list for the same reason that Etta didn't cause they are recognized as DIVAS. They get thier respect.

Mista Jaycee said...

I was gonna mention Chaka and Natalie's Drug habits. During the 70's they were best friends and were both serious addicts in that time. I think that contributed to thier not being recognized as tuff. I also was gonna mention Patty Austin, great incredible voice and Martha Wash but they are on the terminally slept on.

uglyblackjohn said...

Ms. Keys - Yep
Mariah would replace Beyonce on my list.

But MJB is the one.

ChocolateOrchid said...

Great list of Diva's!

Fly11 said...

Love the list and I'm incredibly late. I'm sorry, I'm still torn about the tragedy of Whitney Houston's life because she should've been a diva by now. HHmmm, I didn't see Aretha Franklin though? Also, I know she is jazz but I would put Ella Fitzgerald on my list :).....she will scat any person back from the dead!

Fly11 said...

Nice list but where is Aretha Franklin? Whitney Houston should be on this list but she chose crack instead (sorry, I'm still not over it). I would add Ella Fitzgerald to my list simply because she can scat the dead back to life.

Mista Jaycee said...

Hi Fly 11,
Haven't seen you in a while. You are right about Whitney and she is still en route to Diva Hood but not before her cousin Dionne Warwick is enshrined. We don't give nearly the praise we should of her career.

Ella is already a Legend and Aretha is the Queen of Soul! Soul Sister # 1 so why does she need such praise? Dig?

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Anonymous said...

i so agree with that, Gladys Knight for me is one of the greatest singers and is the true meaning of DIVA [in every good sense of the word] and Natalie is fantastic. music like that, that you would hear and it would touch in the inner most part of your being is now a Rarity. don't get me wrong we have some really great female artist's out there now!!! but thats only cause these ladies paved the way.

Anonymous said...

I just came across this post. I know it's late, but what do you think about Miss Erykah Badu? I FEEEEEEL her voice and music like I feel Gladys' and the other greats. Thoughts?

britney said...

hey mista jacee in google images shes got a sign of abuse...if you don't beleive me go to images and type beyonce.

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