20 years ago today, Kelis burst onto the music scene in 2003 with her infectious hit single “Milkshake.” The song became an instant sensation, dominating the airwaves and catapulting Kelis to international stardom. With its provocative lyrics and catchy beats, “Milkshake” remains an iconic anthem that continues to captivate audiences to this day.
“Milkshake” is more than just a catchy tune; it’s a celebration of female empowerment and self-confidence. Kelis takes control of her narrative, using the metaphor of a milkshake as a symbol of her unique and irresistible qualities. The song encourages women to embrace their individuality and unapologetically express themselves, breaking free from societal expectations.
From the opening bars, “Milkshake” hooks listeners with its infectious blend of R&B, hip-hop, and pop elements. The combination of playful lyrics and Kelis’ distinctive vocal delivery creates an undeniable energy that demands attention. Lines like “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard” have become cultural references, instantly recognizable and synonymous with the song’s catchy chorus.
“Milkshake” not only dominated the charts upon its release but also left a lasting impact on popular culture. The song’s unique blend of genres and Kelis’ bold persona challenged traditional notions of femininity, paving the way for a new wave of empowered female artists in the music industry. Additionally, “Milkshake” has been featured in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials, solidifying its place in the collective consciousness.
This song was initially offered to multiple artists before Kelis recorded it, including British pop group Sugababes who ultimately turned it down. The song’s producers, The Neptunes, felt that Kelis was the perfect fit for the track, and it became one of her signature songs, propelling her into mainstream success.
About the Artist
Kelis Rogers (born August 21, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter, and chef. She was born in Harlem, New York City, and is of Puerto Rican, African American, and Chinese descent. Kelis began her career as a backing vocalist for the hip hop group Gravediggaz. She released her debut album, Kaleidoscope, in 1999. The album was a commercial success, and spawned the hit singles “Caught Up” and “Good Stuff”. Kelis has since released five more studio albums, including Tasty (2003), Flesh Tone (2010), and Food (2014). She has also collaborated with a number of artists, including Nas, Gorillaz, and David Guetta.
Kelis is known for her eclectic style and her unique sound. She has been praised for her vocal range and her songwriting skills. Kelis is also a successful entrepreneur. She has her own clothing line, a line of fragrances, and her own cookbook.