Meshell Ndegeocello

(Michelle Lynn Johnson)

Meshell Ndegeocello
Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Born: August 29, 1968
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Rapper, Musician

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Michelle Lynn Johnson, better known as Meshell Ndegeocello, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and bassist. She has gone by the name Meshell Suhaila Bashir-Shakur which is used as a writing credit on some of her later work. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and although she has never won a Grammy Award, she has been nominated ten times. She has been credited for helping to have "sparked the neo-soul movement."

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Allow the artist to finish the piece of work before you critique it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Any ideas of 'other' are complicated, and otherness is relative to personal ideas of 'normal.'
Children are born with their own optimism. They have a clarity and a simplicity that we can only wish for.
Definitely dub is in my body forever. I think I hear everything through a dub filter. Even when I play rock music, I play through a dub filter. Music, Chants & Rapps
God looks out for fools and babies. Religion & God
I find myself wanting to make music at the dining room table or in the bedroom - I'm kind of a mobile writer, so I sort of move around the house. But the attic is definitely where I can make the most noise. While everyone on the lower floors screams 'Earthquake!' But no! It's just my bass! Music, Chants & Rapps
I joke that a person of color would never make a movie like 'Midnight in Paris.' Nostalgia isn't so enticing.
I just try to tell a story with a song, and be able to try to transmit the emotion to you. That's all I'm really trying to do.
I love children. I'd prefer to be around children much more than adults, actually. And I like animals, too. I'm just really into beings who are at ease with themselves. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I stopped beating up on myself. I stopped asking myself why I didn't sell this number of records, why I don't have corporate sponsorship. I just don't buy into any of that anymore.
I think leaders are incapable of the strength that passive resistance entails.
I think secretly I've realized after my time on the planet that I have no control over what people feel about me or need from me, so I just have a more laid-back approach in my apologies. Time
I watch documentaries for information. I watch films to be entertained.
I'm a true believer that unless you're Prince or Stevie Wonder - and even Prince is showing that he needs help - not everybody can produce themselves. I'm definitely not that person.
I'm always tryin' to do something new, tryin' to look like a beginner.
I'm becoming more and more apolitical - I think the most revolutionary thing you can do is just live your life and have a good time. Before they scoop you up on the street or you die. Life ;Time
I'm pushing ahead on my own - you no longer need a large record company to make you a star.
It's hard being bisexual, omnisexual, multisexual, whatever you want to call it, when people have their agenda and expect you to just represent their agenda.
It's interesting to do other people's music - that's how I learned to play, by learning other people's songs. It's nice to delve into how other people got to where they are. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Music, Chants & Rapps
It's very limiting to us as a species, the concept of better-than/less-than. It just seems to be at its end. I'm like, this all fades to black, and it's gone. It's dust. Choose carefully what you obsess about.
Music is my only guide. I don't care if people pigeonhole me. Miles Davis is my hero. He covered Cindy Lauper and Michael Jackson, and he didn't give a hoot about what the purists said. Music, Chants & Rapps
My father was a jazz tenor sax player. He played in a lot of big bands. So I had that sound around me all the time. The first record that really caught my ear was Clifford Brown's 'Brownie Eyes.' I grew up listening to John Coltrane and Illinois Jacquet. This is where I come from... I love improvisational music. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
My favorite period is when we lived in the land of the three-minute song. The Motown thing - I thought they were genius in knowing that's as much as a listener can take.
My greatest influence is Jimi Hendrix, and if he's been reincarnated, or if he's looking down, sideways, or looking up, I just wanted to tell him that I love him and thank him for opening doors for me. I just wanted to make it beautiful for him. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Not to be a Bible-thumper, but there really is nothing new under the sun.
Once you encounter people who are really testing the limits of kindness, that's when you start to build up a shield and close yourself down.
There's no hierarchy in suffering. I think songs that are transcendent are the ones where everyone can feel something from it, you know?
We're all just bags of bones and muscle and hormones; I'll never understand what makes our minds do the things we do. It's like that statue of the monkey holding a skull. We're trying to use a thing we don't understand to understand ourselves.
Yes, violence begets more violence, but historically this has been the way of the world.
You make a choice to make music or be an actor, and people automatically think they can have access to your life. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps

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