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First Lady of the West Coast Rap -- Michel'le

Michel’le Toussant is an American R&B recording artist who will forever hold a place in music history as one of the most important female vocalists during the "golden-age" of West Coast Hip-Hop.

A native of Compton, it was clear that Michel’le had a unique vision in regards to merging street-influenced urban culture with sultry vocals and powerful lyrics. To begin with, her voice was unquestionably one of the most unique instruments ever heard in music; a high-pitched speaking voice vs. a beautifully aggressive singing vocal. This caught the attention of Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, who at the time needed a female vocalist on what would become one of World Class Wreckin' Cru’s biggest hits, “Turn Off the Lights”. After the single’s success, Michel’le continued her pursuit of a career in music by signing with Ruthless Records at 19. While at Ruthless, her labelmates included pioneers such as Eric “Eazy E” Wright, NWA and the D.O.C.

Ruthless Records made history when it rele…

R&B Diva Michel'le promises to draw record crowds in Jacksonville

Michel'le Denise Toussant,  known mononymously as Michel'le, is an American R&B singer and songwriter. She is best known for her songs from the late–1980s to early–1990s. Her most notable songs were two Billboard R&B chart toppers "No More Lies" (a top 10 hit on the Hot 100) and "Something In My Heart". Her signature childlike speaking voice is a startling contrast to her strong and soulful singing vocals. Between 2013 and 2015, Michel'le was one of six members on the TV One reality show R&B Divas: Los Angeles.
Michel'le was originally a featured female vocalist on World Class Wreckin' Cru's 1987 single "Turn Off the Lights". She was called at the last minute to record vocals for Mona Lisa, who could not make it to the studio. Michel'le was signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. In 1989, she released her self-titled debut album, produced entirely by then-boyfriend Dr. Dre. The album contained "No More Lies&qu…