Friday, March 16, 2012


Born Estelle Fanta Swaray on January 18, 1980 in Hammersmith, London she was one of eight brothers and sisters. Estelle is a multi-talented R an B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. Estelle grew up listening to reggae, American gospel and R an B music. Estelle discovered hip hop by hanging out with her uncle who was always playing Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane. Estelle got her big break in the early 2000’s when she was visiting Los Angeles. She saw Kanye West sitting in a restaurant went up to him ask for an introduction to John Legend. When Estelle finally got that introduction John Legend helped produce two songs on her debut album. Estelle won a MOBO Award for Best Newcomer in 2004 with her songs “1980” and “Free” from her debut album, “The 18th Day”. I like the song “1980”. This song has me reminiscing about those sunny Saturdays kicking at the park playing dominoes. Estelle’s second album “Shine” was released in 2008 this was the album that really got her career kicked into overdrive especially with the single “American Boy” which was produced by Will I Am from the Black Eye Peas. This song is so catchy I still like hearing it. Estelle has worked with a variety of talented artist in the world of Rap, R an B and Pop like Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, John Legend, Rick Ross, Robin Thicke, Janelle Monae, Sean Paul, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Nas and Kardinal Offishall. Estelle’s third album “All of Me” was released in February 28, 2012. The song “Break My Heart (featuring Rick Ross) is the lead single on the album it would have been a good song if Rick Ross was not on it he made the song terrible. The songs I like on this album are “Speak My Mind”, “Thank You”, “Back to Love”, “Wonderful Life”, “Something’s Wrong”. Over all this album has something for everyone it is a collection of R an B, Rap and Pop music. Estelle did her thing on this album I give it 4 out of 5 stars. You can listen to songs from the “All of Me” album on Streetwise Radio. You can listen to Streetwise Radio on iTunes, MyGen365, live365, Athena365.