Old School To New: Don't They Remind You Of...

Old School To New: Don't They Remind You Of...

ESSENCE.COM Jun, 03, 2012

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The thick thighs, blonde hair and way the she commands the stage — when you see Beyoncé, you can’t help but think of Tina. The two proved their similarities when they performed “Proud Mary,” on stage at the 2008 Grammys.

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It isn’t the music that draws the biggest parallels between these two divas — it’s their attitudes and out-there fashion styles that scream “I don’t care what you think because I will make it look good.”

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What two ladies can make a scream sound good? Fantasia Barrino and Patti LaBelle. Both gals sing their hearts out, leaving the audience speechless. The church-like energy Fantasia exudes when singing makes us think about Ms. Patti before the cookbooks.

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Groundbreaking artistry and flashy piano skills aren’t the only attributes that tie these two artists together. It’s their ability to tell stories through music that bonds Alicia Keys and Roberta Flack together. These ladies effortlessly shares their ups and downs in their music, winning Grammy after Grammy.

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Not many can hold a candle to D’Angelo’s voice. In fact, Luke James may be the only rising star to do so. James’ raw emotion is reminiscent of D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar days. It doesn’t hurt he’s just as sexy!

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When Keyshia made her debut, she was a rough-around-the-edges girl from Oakland, California. Keyshia’s real lyrics, rough upbringing and painfully sweet delivery immediately made us relate her to the Queen of Hip Hop and R&B herself — Mary J. Blige.

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Looking at the male R&B scene, 2009 was Trey Songz’s year. However Songz, with his new image, could not of gotten as far without taking notes from the original R&B nasty man R. Kelly. Trey’s opener to the raunchy tune “Invented Sex” — “Who’s going home with Trigggga” — sounds so reminiscent of R. Kelly that many thought it was his tune.

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Not many may know that the UK bred Estelle not only can sing, but also is a pretty decent emcee. If you take a listen to her 2008 album “18th Day,” just like Lauryn, Estelle marches to the beat of her own drum. It’s the inner makings of these two celebs and the way they handle fame that make them similar.

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These two artists are very unique when it comes to their music, encompassing all genres and styles effortlessly. Both artists bring power and showmanship to the stage giving their all from start to finish. These ladies are also known for taking risks with their fashion.

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Both Ciara and Janet aren’t the most powerful vocalists, but both are super-sexy entertainers. When Ciara jumps on stage and dances her heart out, it reminds us of how Janet did her thing years ago.

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When you wanted to hear a powerful voice in the early 2000’s you went to Jilly from Philly. Today, when you get that urge, you turn to the ever-evolving Chrisette Michelle. Not only does Chrisette make us think of Jill’s sound, these two actually bear resemblance to one another. Hmmm.

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This was a no-brainer. From Jaheim’s own mouth, “I used to get mad when I couldn’t sound like Luther. If people say, ‘You remind me of Luther,’ I say, ‘Thank you,’ because I studied him. It was the Luther voice that hit me and brought me to success.”

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Melanie Fiona’s vocal prowess and stage charm is like Deborah Cox during her chart topping days. Ironically, these two stage divas are both from Canada.

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From tickling the ivory keys to lending his velvety voice to hearty causes, John Legend is the splitting creative image of Stevie Wonder. Like the iconic Wonder, Legend is on his way to making music history with his Grammy awards and chart topping hits.

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Both gentlemen are awesome singers and songwriters, chalking up with hit after hit, but are still somewhat underrated. Although Babyface and Ne-Yo have different sounds, it’s their ambition that makes them similar.

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Before Miguel even had a “sure thing” in music, Maxwell had women throwing their panties on stage. Listen to Miguel’s “Girl With The Tattoo” with your eyes closed, and you’ll think you’re listening to Maxwell. Maxwell can’t be replaced, but Miguel’s music gives you a very similar vibe.

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When you wanted to hear a powerful voice in the early 2000’s you went to Jilly from Philly. Today, when you get that urge, you turn to the ever-evolving Chrisette Michelle. Not only does Chrisette make us think of Jill’s sound, these two actually bear resemblance to one another. Hmmm.

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When Keyshia made her debut, she was a rough-around-the-edges girl from Oakland, California. Keyshia’s real lyrics, rough upbringing, and painfully sweet delivery immediately made us relate her to the Queen of Hip Hop and R&B herself — Mary J. Blige.

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Not many may know that the UK bred Estelle not only can sing, but also is a pretty decent emcee. If you take a listen to her 2008 album “18th Day,” just like Lauryn, Estelle marches to the beat of her own drum. It’s the inner makings of these two celebs and the way they handle fame that make them similar.

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It isn’t the music that draws the biggest parallels between these two divas — it’s their attitudes and out-there fashion styles that scream “I don’t care what you think because I will make it look good.”

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What two ladies can make a scream sound good? Fantasia Barrino and Pattie LaBelle. Both southern gals sing their hearts out, leaving the audience speechless. The church-like energy Fantasia exudes when singing makes us think about Ms. Pattie before the cookbooks.

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We get goosebumps every time we hear J. Hud’s 2006 rendition of “And I Am Telling You” — just like we do when we hear Whitney sing her “I Will Always Love You.” Whitney can sang, and J. Hud is one of the few artists that might be able to go note for note with the megastar.

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After viewing episodes of Monica’s BET reality show Still Standing, it’s safe to say that Mary could of had the same show years and called it, No More Drama. Can’t necessarily say Monica jacks Mary from an artistry standpoint, but as far as character, trials, and triumph Monica has taken Mary’s survivor card.

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In 2009, K’Jon became an urban adult contemporary sensation for his single, “On the Ocean.” A beautiful melody that not only includes Carl’s signature “Ohhh,” but production for his hit is very similar to Carl Thomas’ “Summer Rain.” Since he has disappeared we do miss Carl, but we can’t be mad K’Jon picked up where Thomas left off.

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Maybe the comparison between crooners Jeremih and Ginuwine is a bit harsh for some to accept, as Ginuwine did drop an album in 2009. But c’mon the suave sound or Mr. Birthday Sex is vintage Ginuwine. Going into 2010 with one of the biggest hits of 2009, when Jeremih isn’t sampling Lenny Williams lyrics, he is totally reminiscent of Ginuwine-minus the footwork and dance moves.

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When people first heard “You’re The One,” Dondria once admitted, that they automatically assumed it was Monica. When the video dropped, she even looked like a younger Monica, leaving the fans even more confused. It took the 2010 “Pleasure” tour, where Dondria opened for Monica, for fans to fully believe they were not the same person.

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She’s bold, she’s brash, and she oozes sexy. Sound familiar? The same description fit Lil’ Kim in 1996, when her debut album, “Hard Core,” was released. In 2009, Nikki Minaj, who named herself, the “Black Barbie,” had to have listened to Lil Kim’s 2003 party anthem “Jump Off,” and decided that was a good alias to roll with. And, while Nikki does a good job differentiating her rapping style, that many similarities can be found with her and Kim’s fashion style. The rules are the same: the tighter the better, pink and purple hair, and a presence full of gimmicks.

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2009. CB and Rihanna. 1991-1997. Mary and K-Ci. Enough said.

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The thick thighs, blonde hair, and way the she commands the stage — when you see Beyonce, you can’t help but think of Tina. The two proved their similarities when they performed “Proud Mary,” on stage at the 2008 Grammys.