Chrisette Michele New Album 'Milestone' & Rick Ross Says Sorry on First Single "Equal"
Chrisette Michele's latest album, Milestone, is on the way with the lead single, "Equal," featuring Rick Ross, putting an end to six years of tension between the two within his opening line of "I'm Sorry."
Grammy Award-winning artist Chrisette Michele is back to share with the world her songs of hurt, love, struggle and ultimately reaching that perfect milestone in her own life. Milestone marks the 33-year-old's fifth studio album and the first time fans have been given new music from her in three years. According to This Is RnB, the album will be released on June 10 and is available for pre-order now.
The album's first single, "Equal," features rapper Rick Ross and was inspired by a conversation between Chrisette and her now fiance, Doug "Biggs" Ellison, whom she thought was being extremely "arrogant" at the time, and was motivated to pick up her pen and start writing about it. Though she never quite finished putting all of her thoughts on paper, Ellison found what she wrote and sent it to Ross, someone whom she had previously collaborated with on one of his songs in 2010, "Aston Martin Music."
The single was a huge success and led to what was supposed to be a 2010 Soul Train Award performance between the two artists but things didn't quite work out that way and it marked the beginning of years of frustration and tension between the two. According to Hip Hop Wired, Chrisette made a public statement referencing Ross, whom she thought walked out of the awards ceremony after losing in the "Best Hip Hop Song" category to rapper Eminem.
As reported Hip Hop Wired, on her personal blog she wrote, "If this is the way hip hop is then I denounce it," wrote Chrisette "...Who stands off at an award show because they don't win? An award is winning at being as "stuck in a category" as possible."
Though Ross later defended himself stating there were other reasons that prompted him to leave the show that night that had nothing to do with losing to another rapper, he also spoke on the words from Chrisette's blog.
"Her choice of words were ugly," stated Ross. "Denouncing Hip-Hop, that ain't cool. Using ugly words could give off the wrong impression. That could make your hat look ugly to me now. That could make your haircut look ugly to me now."
But, all seems to be well now between the two who have linked up again for the first single off of Milestone, and Ross used the opportunity to apologize for the public tension and express his love for the "Couple Of Forevers" singer.
"You know I love you girl," Ross recites as the song opens. "I apologize. It's been too long." During his verse he again references his love for the singer stating, "I've been in love with you for six years since 'Aston Martin Music' Drizzy came behind you on that smooth sh*t."
Chrisette shared in a tweet video how hearing those words from Ross on her song really "struck a chord" with her.
"When I got these lyrics back I finally listened to them by myself and he said I apologize in the very beginning of the song," the 33-year-old stated. "That just shook me up cause I was like, 'I know exactly what he's talking about.' So this song for me was closure to everything that happened in the past
— chrisette michele (@ChrisetteM) June 7, 2016