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Nivea Compares Early Success To Britney Spears On BET's 'Finding' Series

Atlanta singer who spoke candidly about her rise and fall in the music industry. 

Nivea's truncated career has always been a wonder to lovers of 2000s R&B. The singer's star was bright with a variety of R&B-pop hits, but the singer's career faded with little explanation. In BET Digital's series premiere of Finding, the singer-songwriter details the ups as well as the downs in her career.

On Friday (Sept. 21), the Atlanta singer revealed few tidbits, including her reluctance to sing in the first place and creating a whopping 36-song demo. After linking up with her first manager, she scored a record deal with Jive Records in 2000.

At the time, the label was experiencing an economic boom with the breakout pop success of the bubblegum artists on their roster which included *NSYNC, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. On the flip side, the label also had gritty urban talent which was R. Kelly, Joe, and Mystikal with whom Nivea would sing the hook on his “Danger (Been So Long)” track.

The song would go on to top the R&B/Hip-Hop charts and crossover to pop radio peaking at No. 14 on Billboard. Nivea, who started working on her first album, was dubbed by Jive Records executive, Clive Calder, as the “Black Britney Spears” At the time, Nivea had colorful hair, wore midriffs that matched her slim figure and singing songs mixed with bubblegum pop and R&B flare.

"My first song was [produced by] Organized Noize called "Don't Mess With The Radio" which sounded extremely urban in my opinion," she said. "So my manager was a straight up con-artist and told them I wrote these songs but I didn't write anything until we started doing the album. Dream tells me to this day that people are shocked at the deal I managed to get–a million dollar deal at 18."

Her eponymous debut album spawned three singles — “Don’t Mess With the Radio,” “Don’t Mess with My Man” (with Brian and Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge)” and “Laundromat” (with labelmate R. Kelly). While “Laundromat” and “Radio” achieved modest success, it was “My Man” that gave Nivea her biggest hit to date peaking at No. 8 on the pop charts.

However, due to toxic label politics, recalled copies of her sophomore album Complicated, and relationships and eventual parenthood with Lil Wayne and The-Dream, her music career quickly faded as fast as it arrived.

“I was actually told in the [label] office; you’re not f**kable. Nobody don’t wanna f**k you," Nivea recalled during the episode. She mentioned how she was essentially pushed to the side to make room for more sensual artists like Ciara. The R&B songstress shared that she was locked out of getting airplay on urban radio stations because she was “too pop.”

For the past few years, Nivea has dedicated the majority of her time as a mother to four children — three with The-Dream and one with Lil’ Wayne.

But the singer's journey isn't over. She has plans to release a new single this month along with plans for her new project.

Watch the full episode below.

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On Monday (Dec. 17), the Black Eyed Peas released their music video for the '90s- throwback- influenced record "BACK 2 HIPHOP" featuring Nas, off their latest album Masters of the Sun Vol. 1.

The cinematic-like, five-minute visual features each member of the 'Peas with their own scene, where  they spit bar after bar. The colorful video is part-animated and part live-action, and incorporates inspiration from of the golden age of hip-hop as Ancient Egypt meets the Sci-Fi genre.

All three members wear red and black through the first part of the video, while Nas appears as the Great Sphinx of Giza, reminiscent of the look fans may recall from the cover of his album I Am. A young woman lip-syncs the song's hook, which samples Soul II Soul's 1989 classic hit "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)."

While Pasha Shapiro directed the video, will.i.am reportedly came up with the concept. The hip-hop group was ecstatic to be able to work with the legendary Queens rapper, revealing, "It was 'iLLMatic,' such an honor to rock with NAS. He is such a huge inspiration to our crew!"

 

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On Wednesday (Dec. 19), the group will be performing the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Their seventh album, Masters of the Sun Vol. 1, was released in October and saw the group going back to their old-school roots with political themes.

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Blueface's rising career has been shaded with doubt from the naysayers about his subject content and cadence, but, in the interest of showing versatility, the 21-year-old gave an acoustic set on Twitter.

Joined only by a man holding a ukulele, the "Respect My Cryp’n" rapper sat ontop a silver car delivering some bars. The short video captioned "Famous Cyrp" takes inspiration from the 886011 Records DK affiliate's debut album barring the same name.

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"They're not ready for it," Blueface said in an interview with Power106 at Rolling Loud. He also shared his excitement over his new found fame. "[I'm on] top of the world."  The former football player has created a cult following. With the up-and-coming rapper's start similar to Tekashi 6ix9ine there have been many comparisons between the red and blue rappers and their lasting impressions on hip-hop.

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These days, it pays to have a viral moment. Charles Dion McDowell, known as wide neck after several of his mugshots (and neck jokes) went viral, has teamed up with another unique fellow to make some kind of music together.

On Sunday (Dec. 16), Wide Neck along with Daddy Long Neck, a social media personality with more 1.4 million followers on Instagram, released a music video for the comedy rap song "Neckst Up."

In a nervous soft relaxed tone, McDowell raps, "Shawty lick me up call me up neeeckst Shawty wanna f**k call me up neeeckst / Shawty suck me up call me up neeeckst / Shawty make it clap call me up neckst."

In the video, Long Neck and Wide Neck stroll through the mall wearing t-shirts that read "All Necks Matter," while taking pictures with fans and having an attractive lady entertain them while sitting down on the bench. The leading lady in the video even goes as far as licking the two internet stars with her long tongue.

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