We’re not in the business of pointing fingers, but it seems Kaleena, one-half of Diddy’s cocoa cohorts, was upset at her fellow industry femmes back in 2000. A track titled “Smacked Up” has resurfaced and calls into question some subtle shots she seemingly made at Ciara, Beyoncé and other chart toppers at the time.
In an interview she did with Scene and Heard TV, she says:
“I kind of started off as a solo artist, and I was doing that for a very
long time. And you know, just coming up against obstacles; they was like,
you know, ‘you too black,’ or ‘you’re not marketable.’ Whatever they came
up with in their minds to say that I wasn’t artist material, you know. I
just said I’m going to be a businesswoman, and I’m going to be like the
Missy Elliotts, and the R. Kellys, and the Keith Sweats. I’m going to
write for other artists, and they’re not going to have no other choice but
to hear me, and to buy my music, and to respect me as an artist.
That was complexion wise. It was complexion, and you know something, it’s a difference between chocolate and brown and peanut butter and even Snicker bar, you know what I’m saying. Chocolate is something different, you know. And so the way they made it seem was, you black as night girl; you crispy, burnt black, and that’s just not marketable right now. And it wasn’t at the time to be totally honest with you.”
Kaleena isn’t the first, nor will she be the last, to air out her frustrations with the sometimes color conscious, talent-less-loving industry. However, was she fair for coming at the innocent others?
Listen and let us know!