The music industry proves that life’s never fair, to anyone, on the daily. Some artists win (and shouldn’t), while others, like the unlucky artists on Pt. 1 (and now Pt. 2), never do. Here are ten more artists who should’ve blown up, but never did. Take a look.
Left Eye Without Left Eye, TLC doesn’t work. Chilli’s perfectly-moist baby hairs and T-Boz’s lawn mowerish vocals could’ve been replaced. Left Eye? Bona fide superstar.
Bilal The vice President of music’s one album every decade club (Lauryn, Maxwell, D’Angelo and *3 Stacks) dropped the classic debut “1st Born Second” then frolicked in space for 10 years before releasing his follow-up “Airtight’s Revenge.” Now he’s R&B/Soul’s most known unknown.
Young Dro No human being sees the world through the same color-splashed lens as Dro—hood famous painter of mental masterpieces. Whirlwind-blue, Sad-blue, IHOP-blue? Dro was on a completely-different level than most rappers.
Brooke Valentine In another lifetime, the sex-oozing R&B vixen has Ciara’s career. Well, a more relevant, less stressful, Matrix-free version of Ciara’s career.
Black Thought (The Roots) He’ll always be “that dope rappity-rapper in The Roots crew” trapped in Questlove’s shadow and never the “legendary GOD MC” mentioned in greatest rapper of all-time discussions. Photo credit: Instagram
Glenn Lewis The promising R&B crooner dropped a timeless gem “Don’t You Forget It” then fell off Earth forever. R&B tragedy.
Cheri Dennis She had the look, sound and energy to truly win but was signed to Bad Boy where tragically-unlucky artists go to die.
KeKe Wyatt More famous for stabbing her ex-husband than her incredible voice, KeKe is a prisoner of her insanity-fueled past.
Yummy Bingham (Tha’ Rayne) Her voice is pure Heaven with a beautifully-smoky twist featured on classic records like De La Soul’s “Much More.” With her debut album shelved, she’s the dopest R&B artist not named Latoiya Williams to never happen.