A Mother's Prayer
Label: Atlantic Records
It took K. Michelle nearly four years and a label switch from Zomba to Atlantic to drop Rebellious Soul. You can hear why when this Southern lady sings on "My Life": "All of my life I've been struggling and stressin'/ That's why I come up in this b*tch with aggression." She's cut from the no-nonsense mode of Keyshia Cole, and has a gospel-inflected voice and a taste for brutally honest ballads. Whether advising her girls they "Can't Raise a Man" that acts like a boy, or claiming she'll do her man like she's paying the bills, she sticks to grown-woman music, pop trends be damned.