Teena Marie, 54, was born Mary Christine Brockert. She recorded a number of hit singles in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the 2000’s.
Teena Marie was known for classic songs like “I’m A Sucker For Your Love” featuring Rick James, “Fire and Desire” featuring Rick James, “Behind the Groove,” “Portuguese Love,” “Dear Lover,” “Out on A Limb” and “Square Biz,” which featured her rapping.
Teena Marie originally signed with Motown in 1976 and was a protege of James, who took her under his wing shortly after she signed with the label.
Throughout the years, Teena Marie’s was regularly sampled by a variety of rappers.
Artists like The Fugees (“Fu-Gee-La”), The Firm “Firm Biz” Jadakiss “By My Side featuring Ne-Yo” and numerous others have all incorporated Tina Marie’s music into their own.
At one point, Teena Marie was also signed to Cash Money Records, where she released two albums for the label.
La Dona (2004) produced the single “I’m Still In Love,” while her final album for Cash Money titled Sapphire (2007) produced the Top 40 single “Ooh Wee.”
Bryan Williams paid tribute to Teena Marie via his official Twitter page. “R.I.P. Tina Marie,” Birdman said.
Once again, Kanye has floored us all with the album of the year, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which officially hits stores today. Complex was lucky enough to get a glimpse inside the making of this masterpiece for our December/January 2011 cover story. In fact, it’s the ultimate fly-on-the-wall account: Earlier this year, our editor-in-chief, Noah Callahan-Bever, was invited out to Kanye’s rap fantasy camp in Hawaii to watch the magic happen. We also got some of the major players involved in the album (Pusha T, Pete Rock, Nicki Minaj, etc) to break down their experience, and as an online exclusive, we have a gallery filled with 40 behind-the-scenes Hawaii photos. The issue officially hits stands on December 7, but we’re giving you a chance to check out the full package now.
2010 belonged to Kanye West. He was the year’s most creative, controversial, and entertaining figure—not only in hip-hop, but in pop culture, period. Next year, ‘Ye will release Watch The Throne, a joint LP with Jay-Z. Half a decade ago, critics would have questioned his ability to rap alongside Hov for an entire abum, but ‘Ye has come a long way from pushing miracle whips. There’s no better proof than his musical output this year, where he rapped like a motherfucking monster on every song he was on. We love to hear the story of Kanye’s ousting from society and return to triumph again and again, but let’s take a moment to look back at the music itself instead of the narrative that goes along with it. The 25 Best Kanye West Verses of 2010 places the spotlight on all of the Chicago MC’s lyrical onslaughts this year. No one man should have this many hot insane verses in less than 12 months, but Yeezy did. Keep reading to check out our countdown of the very best…
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