Michel’le Toussant is an R&B recording artist and songwriter who will forever hold a place in music history as one of the most important female voices of the West Coast Hip Hop Movement. Signed to Ruthless Records early in her career, her label mates included pioneers such as Eazy E, NWA, the D.O.C, and JJ Fad. Unlike the gritty, hard hitting rap music previously produced by Ruthless Records, Michel’le’s melodic, yet powerful vocals offered an amazing contrast on her debut album “Michel’le” which was produced by Dr. Dre, executive produced by Eazy E, and mixed by NWA member DJ Yella.
A native of Compton, CA, it’s clear that Michel’le had her own unique vision of combining the street element of rap music and intertwining it with sultry vocals and powerful lyrics. Her voice was unquestionably one of the most unique instruments ever heard in music; a high pitched speaking voice and a beautiful aggressive singing voice. She was discovered by Dr. Dre, when he was with the World Class Wrecking Cru, who at the time put her vocals on one of their biggest hits “Before You Turn off the Lights.” Continuing her pursuit of a career in music, Michel’le signed with Ruthless Records with then boyfriend Dr. Dre. History was made when the label released their first Urban Contemporary project, the self titled “Michel’le” which went platinum selling over 1.5 million copies, and garnering several hit singles including “Something in My Heart,” “No More Lies,” and the funky anthem “Nicety.” She brought together rap music and soulful R&B in away that no one had ever done before.
Clearly ahead of her time, her dynamic voice and electrifying performances were often compared to her peers such as Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, or Lauryn Hill, who all had strong ties to Rap, and Hip Hop music. Michel’le was definitely a force in the music industry during her time with Ruthless Records. With a move to Death Row Records she recorded a second album, but chose to put her career on hold while she raised a family and worked in the background.
Now the mother of two (one child with former boyfriend Dr Dre, and one with ex-husband Suge Knight) Michel’le clearly has a lot more to offer and is now ready to take the industry by storm. Now signed to EDM Global Music, she has new music on the horizon, a book in the works, voiceover projects, and spot performances across the country; she is making her move back into the spotlight. Her first major endeavor was joining the cast of the TV One hit reality show R&B Divas LA, where she quickly showcased her fun loving personality, and witty humor, making her an unexpected fan favorite.
Michel’le is preparing to share her story the only way she can; from her point of view. She will let her fans into her world in a way she has never done before and allow them to see the high’s and low’s of being the First Lady of West Coast Rap. From having more money then she could ever spend, to an emotional suicide attempt, Michel’le is an example of perseverance and strength. When she is not working she speaks to women’s groups focusing on re-building the torn down souls and spirits of other women who have been through devastating occurrences in their lives including mental and physical abuse, financial setbacks, and thoughts of suicide.
Currently in the studio, Michel’le will start the new year with a BANG! including new music, television role, and a book that will have Hip Hop fans waiting on the edge of their seats. This entertainment powerhouse is ready to show the world who Michel’le really is.