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Mary and Bey

Hello, Ladies! I decided to start a new column to place on Hello Beautiful that should garner some attention amongst all of you! The purpose of this column is to see who or what you would rather see, hear, watch or whatever it is that is being compared! Enjoy and as always, your comments are appreciated!

Anita Baker or Sade?

Both have the type of voice that can get you in the mood or reminisce of a past or current (or future) love and both can make you feel emotional while seeing and hearing them at a show and/or concert. The jazz influence and vocal styling of both singers can’t be denied and you can’t go wrong either way.

Jaheim or Christopher Williams?

Both count Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross as influences, both come from ‘meager’ backgrounds and both, if caught on the wrong side on a bad day, can attack you physically with the type of attitude that can be seen on a ghetto street corner on a hot, sunny, muggy day.

LL Cool Jay or Jay-Z?

No doubt these two Hip-Hop artists are legendary for doing what they both are credited with doing. Both have been attacked by rivals for the better part of their careers and both can give a great argument as to who is the better Hip-Hop artist and/or greatest at what they do. Is the choice as tough as one may seem?

B.E.T. or VH1?

This may have been a no-brainer several years ago before VH1 decided to showcase the older soul/R & B videos as well as The VH1 Hip Hop Honors. Would you decide between the popularity of what Hip-Hop has to offer today or the nostalgically programmed shows?

Beyonce or Mary J. Blige?

Queen of Hip-Hop Soul versus Queen of Modern Day R & B? Puff/P Diddy/Sean Combs’ Mary or Jay-Z/Jigga/Hova’s Beyonce? Jiggles versus Soul-Wrenching? Substance versus Substance? No one can deny the effect both women have had on Black music as well as our emotions, whether it’s the video gazing, show-stopping performances of Miss Knowles or the Soul Strirrin’, Get Deep inside your gut vocals of Miss Blige.

Big Daddy Kane or Rakim?

For you youngsters out there, if it weren’t for these two legends, there never would have been a Jay-Z versus Nas comparison. In fact, I would go as far to say that Nas emulated Rakim and Jay emulated Kane. But this isn’t about Jay or Nas. Which did you prefer, the complicated yet knowledgeable verses of The God MC, Rakim or the metaphoric, pimp-style expressions of the Brooklyn-based Big Daddy Kane?

Taye Diggs or Morris Chestnut?

These two actors (Which I have witnessed while in the company of women) have the ability to make women swoon by them showing up on the television and/or movie screen. I have heard woman fawn over the two of them equally but for the guys, which would you bring to the party with you to score points with the women? And women, which one would you invite to your best friend’s wedding to attend as your date? oh yeh, who is the better actor too?

Remy Ma or Rah Digga?

These rappers were the respective lone female emcee in their crew. Both of them can go toe to toe with a number of male emcees, even able to take out everyone in their crew and go blow for blow with some top male rappers, let alone the female lyricists in the game, but which one would you pick if you had to have one rhyming side by side with you or which one would you rather hear demolish your least favorite rapper

Isaac Hayes or Barry White?

Both have smooth voices that women would agree can melt them regardless of the notes being sung, but ladies, who could get you in the mood quicker (Besides me of course!)?

Shaggy or Sean Paul?

I am not a big fan of reggae in any form, style or mixture but these two have made a mark commercially for this genre of music. Both may even compliment each other when it comes to vocals and musical content, but which one would you rather ‘grind’ with?

D’Angelo or Bilal?

Now we have to admit that both are disciples of Prince and you can hear the influence in the music as well as the vocals, but who can outPrince whom? The smooth vocals of D’Angelo and the falsetto pitch of Bilal draws comparisons of who bit Prince more, but it doesn’t matter, which one would be able to perform at your function or which one would you go home with, if you had to pick between the two?

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