Keyshia Cole

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Three years after releasing her lowest-selling album to date and splitting with Interscope, Keyshia Cole is back. She came up in the Bay Area, taking inspiration from hip-hop artists like Tupak Shakur and R&B greats like Mary J. Blige, and her first two albums went platinum. These days, she’s almost better known for her reality TV appearances than her loose and gusty vocals, but her seventh studio album, 11:11 Reset, is a return to form. Two singles from the album, “You Ft. Remy Ma and French Montana” and “Incapable,” broke the top 20 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, a feat Cole hasn’t accomplished since 2012’s “Enough of No Love Ft. Lil Wayne.” Today, Cole comes across as a more aggressive Taylor Swift, eviscerating ex-boyfriends with brag rap barbs, as well as stirring up and capitalizing on drama. It seems to be working. Nicholas Bostick
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