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Kelis

Mixing it up: a look at two compilation CDs

On the playlist this week, I check out two new compilations: one from an early muse for the Neptunes, the other from the architects of the Philly Soul sound.

Kelis, The Hits: --When this Harlem native broke onto the pop scene in '99, I dug her right away. Her music -- anchored by the noisy rock textures and propulsive, ricocheting beats of the Neptunes -- was a sonic bag of Skittles. Kelis' first hit single, "Caught Out There," stood out on urban radio at the time with its screaming chorus: "I hate you so much right now."

After two adventurous but uneven albums -- 1999's Kaleidoscope and 2001's Wanderland, which was released only in Europe -- Kelis...

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