Marsha Ambrosius: From Floetry Songstress to Gangsta Girl?

Searching the internet for news on the upcoming solo album from former Floetry singer Marsha Ambrosius, I came across a free downloadable mixtape her label, Dr. Dre’s Aftermath, produced as a way to do an underground promotion of her in anticipation of the release of the full recording. The mixtape is called Neo-Soul Is Dead, released in November 2007, and much of the disc is retread of famous Dr. Dre beats, mostly from The Chronic.

It’s fine to declare Neo-Soul to be dead, Erykah Badu did that about 5 years ago. But it’s quite another thing to all of a sudden become this gangstress singing to the beat of Dre’s “Bitches Ain’t Shit” about how “all you bitches don’t mean shit to me” when you were giving us some of the most beautful R & B love songs recorded in this generation! You would hardly recognize the vocalist from “It’s Getting Late” and “Like A Bird” with songs like “Grind You Up” and “You’s a Beeyatch!!!”

I’m all for artists growing in new directions musically–but this kind of 180 is just too much. Badu’s new recording is a stark departure¬† from her previous work, but she’s not talking about fightin’ “bitches” and actin like she’s a Crip all of a sudden. I am not sure if I want to hear the full recording when it drops later this year.

I can live if neo-soul is dead, but I hope integrity isn’t.

14 thoughts on “Marsha Ambrosius: From Floetry Songstress to Gangsta Girl?

  1. Yeah, so… I hear what you are saying… however, my intent was to mock the stereotypical view point of those so surprised that I would collaborate with Dr.Dre… I thoroughly enjoyed doing it… I love music… I allowed myself the freedom of not having to be boxed in as mix tapes are just what they are… MIX TAPES!!! You can do whatever, and I did!!!! with all of that said…. expect the unexpected, believe in what you really are, pretending is hard to do, we’re all stars :) I make music that everyone will make babies to, break up with, make up with, live life :) all luv…

  2. I have another mix tape dropping soon… mixing the album as we speak… :) it drops late this year or early next year… the business is the business so I wanna drop when its right :) all luv…

  3. Hey what happen to you and Natalie? You both made an excellent team. Wendy the gossip Williams said you both were gay. Why is it if a breaks up occurs they must have been involved. Do you think that you and Natalie will get back together because you both have great chemistry!

  4. I didn’t talk to Wendy… I know Nat did and she cleared up gay rumors stating that it was her that had been or is involved with women… We did make an excellent team when it made an excellent team… some things aren’t forever and not for everybody… I understood the gay rumors… truthfully, my experience as far as press and public knowledge in the US lean towards homo-sexuailty early, especially when its only women involved… I mean, being that we weren’t in any way involved like that, press can kinda get on your nerves, but hey… whatever keeps em talkin… I can’t say Nat and I will ever collaborate again… but I can’t say we won’t either… I know I’m 31yrs old with 31yr old things to deal with for myself… I’m str8 as narrow 100% (with the exception of my future husband wanting to get down with an organized threesome) lol its all luv and music…

  5. Not really sure if you’re checking up on this, at this point…but, I just downloaded “Yours Truly”, and I must say that–contrary to the folks that seem to feel that you doing the mixtape this is this or that–I think it’s a great marketing situation for your future endeavors; and, I only wish you and your ex-partner nothing BUT love, for all of the good lovin’ that you ladies afforded me, with your first, two releases*lol*!

    I am a humongous fan of “Start…Finish”, presently…that thing is gonna mess around, and get somebody IMPREGNATED, someday soon(cough, cough*lmao*!).

    Respect due, from an artist of a different medium (I dabble in literature, love…as well as, the visual arts, via pencil/pen/paint); and, I just want to say that I pray all ends well with your new solo shit, sexy songbird.

    You are my favorite female vocalist bar NONE(and, that’s some select company that you keep, in my eye…Anita…Patti…Lalah…I STILL love your voice, more).

    Shine ON, sweet pea ;)…

    Sincerely Yours,

    The Bastard

  6. For the record, Marsha Abrosious could be singing a jingle for a breakfast cereal and I’d dig it. I’m not the least bit worried about gimmickry from this young lady. From what I’ve seen and heard, albeit from a distance, integrity and passion have been at the cornerstone of her music since day 1 and I’m looking forward to hearing more of it.

    By the way, just checked out the Far Away video on youtube. While I’m heterosexual I, like most people by now (whether they know it or not) have friends and family members who are gay. I’ve had former colleagues share the travails of growing up knowing they were different. It’s a shame that the oppressed have now become the oppressor.

    During the civil rights era in this country, black people marched, boycotted, lobbied, and fought for our freedom but that wasn’t enough. It took courageous whites to also stand in the gap. It took young white college students from northern cities to risk life and limb on freedom rides. It took Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, two young men who, along with James Chaney were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1964 for the crime of wanting Black people to enjoy the same rights and freedoms as everyone else, especially the right to vote. All this hate has to stop.

    It is a beautiful thing when an artist uses their voice for a cause much larger than themselves. I’m moved by Marsha’s incredible voice, her passion and her sincerity and I am equally moved by her compassion. Much love and success!

    1. DEE NICE U SAID A MOUTHFULL!! MARSHA IS THE TRUTH..THE FEMALE R KELLY!!SHE SURE COULD SING A JINGLE AND I WOULD BUY OR DOWNLOAD!! LOL SHE IS CLASSIC NEO BEAUTIFUL SOUL!! BTW IM WHITE AND I DIG HER SHYT!! HATER R MOTIVATORS!! DO YO THANG MARSHA!!

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