Anonymous asked: I want to know your opinion, what makes Perfectly Imperfect better than the MF Life?
Elle’s voice was always in the pocket on her tracks, meaning her vocals always complemented the musical accompaniment. Whereas, Mel had some unnecessary runs sometimes, where she should’ve just sung the song straight through. Perfectly Imperfect had better melodies and sounded much more cohesive, musically and lyrically, than The MF Life. Plus, Elle showed off her vocal techniques better. Her approach was different on each record.
Amy Winehouse & Nas - Terry Urban Presents Me & Mr. Jones
Andy Allo - Superconductor
ATCQ x The Pharcyde - Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde
Azealia Banks - 1991
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Disclosure - The Face EP
Elle Varner - Perfectly Imperfect
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Elle Varner may be R&B’s rising star, but she already has fans in the White House.
While at the Democratic National Convention, first lady Michelle Obama said she’s become a fan of Varner, thanks to her eldest daughter Malia’s heavy rotation of her music at the executive mansion.
“I Don’t Care,” was inspired by Varner’s white grandmother from Sweden, who was expelled from the University of Maine in the 1960s for dating her grandfather, a black man from Alabama (they were married for 52 years).
1. She was bullied as a kid.
Some people don’t know that I looked completely different growing up. I was overweight, wore glasses, played in the band — a nerd, basically. I was bullied a lot. The name of my album, Perfectly Imperfect, really just sums up my journey because it’s my life story up until this point, going through being bullied, being told, “Oh, you can’t dance, you can’t sing.” No boys liked me. It’s just crazy how things come full circle. I hope young girls can be inspired by the fact that you can really have anything you want and you can be anything you want. You can have the body you want.
2. Her guilty pleasure is…Blogs.
They’re such crap, but I love reading them. Celebrity blogs, fashion blogs — all of them. I know the day that I see myself out of context from music I’m probably going to stop reading them. But until then, I’m reading.
3. Her splurges since getting a record deal.
I took my whole family to the Cayman Islands around Christmas time. I bought a used car to get around. My most recent splurge was a $700 MCM bag. That was a lot, but I’ve been working hard. I deserve it. Other than that, I’m frugal.
4. She hates air conditioning.
Even if it’s really hot, I hate it. It’s just something that’s unnatural to me. I’ve had my air on once this whole summer.
5. Her favorite meal.
My mom makes these crazy seafood enchiladas that I love.
6. The movie she’s obsessed with.
The Story of Us with Michelle Pfeiffer and Bruce Willis is a real guilty pleasure of mine. It just reminds me of my life a little bit.
7. She feels sexiest when…
I’ve got a great pair of shoes. They make me feel powerful. I love the sound heels make when they click on the ground.