Tasty (Kelis album)

Tasty (Kelis album)

Infobox Album
Name = Tasty
Type = studio
Artist = Kelis

Released = Start date|2003|12|5
(see release history)
Recorded = Master Sound Recording Studio
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
StarTrak Studios
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Genre = R&B, neo soul, electro, alternative hip hop, rap rock
Length = 51:20
Label = Star Trak, Arista
Producer = The Neptunes, Raphael Saadiq, Dallas Austin, André 3000, Rockwilder, Jake and the Phatman, Kelvin Wooten, Dame Grease
Reviews = *Allmusic rating|4.5|5 [http://wm03.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wcfrxq8ald6e~T0 link]
*"Rolling Stone" rating|3.5|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/kelis/albums/album/310974/review/6067833 link]
Last album = "Wanderland"
This album = "Tasty"
Next album = "Kelis Was Here"
Misc = Singles
Name = Tasty
Type = studio
Single 1 = Milkshake
Single 1 date = January 13, 2004
Single 2 = Trick Me
Single 2 date = May 24, 2004
Single 3 = Millionaire
Single 3 date = October 4, 2004
Single 4 = In Public
Single 4 date = April 4, 2005

"Tasty" is the third studio album by American R&B singer Kelis, released in December 2003 (see 2003 in music). Considered the breakthrough of Kelis' career, she was able to expand her success across Europe reaching new markets in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Kelis was also finally able to do well in the American market. Unlike her previous albums, "Tasty" opted for a more pop/alternative-oriented tune which led to a greater success outside Europe with "Milkshake" being the first single from Kelis to receive critical acclaim in the U.S. and a peak position of number three on the "Billboard" Hot 100. It was known for being Kelis' breakout album and being a spinoff in Europe.

Album information

The singles and the album immediately found success in Europe. The album's second single, "Trick Me", once again proved successful on radio and music video channels in Europe, and went to the top ten in many European countries during mid-2004. However, the song did not enjoy success in America, where its music video was not released. This was due to the fact that her American label Arista Records folded at the same time that "Tasty" was released. Kelis was then transferred to Jive Records, who were not interested in continuing with the album.cite web |url=http://www.mp3.com/features/stories/4233.html |title=Exclusive Interview with Kelis |accessdate=2007-01-31 |date=April 24, 2006 |work=MP3.com]

The success of "Tasty" was most obvious in the United Kingdom. The four singles from the album were released. After "Milkshake" and "Trick Me" came "Millionaire" and "In Public". Her European label, Virgin Records, who she had been with since the start of her career there, decided to persist with the album. Due to her various splits with U.S. labels, promotion for both of her previous projects "Kaleidoscope" and "Wanderland" were ended prematurely, just as she was finally breaking through in the UK. Virgin UK did not want her to lose the fan base that she was building up yet again by ending promotion early, because of the U.S. and other territories deciding not to continue with the album. This paid off and Kelis finally cemented her UK status, with four top twenty hits from the album (including three top three hits) and "Tasty" going platinum there.

In the week of September 24, 2006, three years later after its release, "Tasty" re-entered the albums chart in the UK at number sixty-four—surprisingly, it even got to number three on the UK R&B Albums Chart the week of October 1—while her latest album, "Kelis Was Here", had fallen off the chart the same week.

Track listing

#"Intro" – 1:30
#"Trick Me" (Dallas Austin) – 3:26
#"Milkshake" (Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo) – 3:02
#"Keep It Down" (Austin, Lonnie Lynn, Dion Wilson) – 3:26
#*Contains excerpts and samples of Common's "I Used to Love H.E.R." (Lonnie Lynn, Dion Wilson).
#"In Public" (featuring Nas) (Dana Stinson, Kelis Rogers) – 4:25
#"Flashback" (Williams, Hugo, Rogers) – 3:25
#"Protect My Heart" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:24
#"Millionaire" (featuring André 3000) (André Benjamin, Rogers, Douglas Davis, Ricky Walters) – 3:44
#*Contains excerpts and samples of Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's "La Di Da Di" (Douglas Davis, Ricky Walters).
#"Glow" (featuring Raphael Saadiq) (Raphael Saadiq, Glenn Standridge, Bobby Ozuna, Kelvin Wooten, Taura "Aura" Jackson) – 4:00
#"Sugar Honey Iced Tea" (Williams, Hugo) – 3:23
#"Attention" (featuring Raphael Saadiq) (Saadiq, Standridge, Ozuna, Wooten, Rogers) – 3:24
#"Rolling Through the Hood" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:45
#"Stick Up" (Damon "Grease" Blackmon, Rogers) – 3:51
#"Marathon" (Saadiq, Standridge, Ozuna, Wooten, Rogers) – 4:35

Japanese edition


  • "Milkshake" (X-Press 2 Triple Thick Vocal Mix) – 9:30
    #"Milkshake" (DJ Zinc Remix) – 5:59



    *Kelis – vocals
    *André 3000drums, keyboards
    *Greg "Ruckus" Andrews – DJ
    *Dallas Austin – arranger
    *Jake and the Phatmanpercussion, scratching, drums
    *Kevin Kendricks – piano, keyboards
    *Tony Reyes – guitar, backing vocals
    *Raphael Saadiq - bass, guitar, vocals
    *Kelvin Wooten – piano, keyboards, sitar


    *Kelis – executive producer
    *Vincent Alexander – engineer
    *André 3000 – producer, programming
    *Chris Athens – mastering
    *Dallas Austin – producer
    *Daniel Betancourt – assistant
    *Warren Bletcher – assistant
    *Gerry "The Gov" Brown – engineer
    *Andrew Coleman – engineer
    *Regina Davenport – production coordination
    *Kevin "KD" Davis – mixing
    *Andrew Dawson – assistant
    *Serban Ghenea – mixing
    *Dame Grease – producer
    *Cesar Guevara – assistant
    *Doug Harms – assistant
    *Jake and the Phatman – producer, drum programming
    *Markus Klinko and Indrani – photography
    *Mike Koch – engineer
    *Carlton Lynn – engineer
    *James Majors – engineer
    *Glen Marchese – engineer, mixing
    *The Neptunes – producers
    *Joe-Mama Nitzberg – creative director
    *Tim Olmstead – assistant
    *Dave Pensado – mixing
    *Geoffrey Rice – assistant
    *Rockwilder – producer
    *Daniel Romero – mixing
    *Raphael Saadiq – producer
    *Jeffrey Schulz – artwork, layout design
    *Anette Sharvit – production coordination
    *Rick Sheppard – engineer
    *Dexter Simmons – mixing
    *Phil Tan – mixing
    *John Tanksley – engineer, assistant
    *Patrick Viala – engineer
    *Barbara Wesotski – A&R
    *Kelvin Wooten – producer



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