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Jill Scott: Soul Sister and R&B Queen

"I know ya'll didn't come all the way out here to be quiet!"

Upon her entrance onto the platform, it is obvious that Jill Scott is a queen in her own right. She strutted onto the stage and began performing "Long Walk," which is a jazzy and upbeat piece about spending time with her significant other. This Soul and R&B sensation exuded raw power and femininity at her show in San Diego on October 8, 2000. Recently releasing her highly anticipated album, "Who is Jill Scott?", the singer delivered a very astounding and poignant debut and became one of the most sought-after artists of the year.

Jill Scott, a Philadelphia native, has collaborated with the likes of Mos Def and Erykah Badu and was brought up under the wing of hip-hop group, The Roots. Her style is different from the formulaic R&B that has come to rule the airways - Scott integrates hip-hop, jazz, spoken word and soul to create a style that is both unique and full of flavor and pure emotion. The beauty of Jill Scott's art is that it is not over-produced. It is raw and pure.

Her voice is reminiscent of old jazz and soul legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Chaka Khan, yet she comes off with a Bohemian flair and a hip-hop attitude. This is the same attitude that dresses her. She came out in a stunningly simple outfit: a purple and blue tye-dyed slip dress, black tights, short black platform boots and a floor length black duster. What really made the outfit stunning was the cutsie flower in her curly afro and her plethora of amber/silver jewelry. She had a huge (and I mean HUGE!) amber and silver pendant along with cylindrical amber earrings and a beautiful amber cuff bracelet. Her jewelry was definitely the envy of every female there! However, past all of the pulchritudinous of her outfit, the best thing she wore was her stunning self-confidence--which makes any outfit!

It was remarkable to see the variety of fans singing and dancing to all of the songs. It was almost like a religious sermon or celebration with Scott as the preacher. Her peppering of spoken-word poetry throughout her songs is reminiscent of the beat poets and never overlooks that details in life that might often be forgotten. Her lyrics and outspokenness received shouts from the audience and a raising of fists. Not only did the star have good style, the audience had style (I swear I've never seen this much style congregated in one spot in this city!!).

Much like Jill Scott's unity of jazz, hip-hop and soul, the fashion at the show was a unity of culture. There were women wearing African Dashikis and even one wearing and Indian sari. I saw a lot of dresses over capris, funky tennis shoes (a lot of slip-on tennis shoes), a ton of scarves tied around afros and curly short hair, dread locks, and midlength vintage coats. It seemed like everyone had their own style and they were proud to show it. The clothing was all fitted, especially the jeans, and jackets which were donned with big gold hoop earrings and tall wooden platforms (Think Sky shoes!).

The make-up was simple--no one seemed overdone. Raw beauty was prominent as well as natural hair. People weren't about showing the most skin but about their own style. I can't tell you how nice and relieving it was to go to a show and see people that wanted to go for the music and not to a "pony show."

If any of you ladies ever get a chance to check out this talent, PLEASE DO NOT MISS IT or you'll regret it horribly!! This was one of the best shows I've been to all year.


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