Estelle has huge bollocks and takes no bollocks. In other words, sheâ€™s mad sassy and won’t tolerate rubbish. Sheâ€™s also a tad cocky but rightfully so. Letâ€™s face it, she crept into the states and filled a void for a lot of folks who wish Lauryn Hillâ€™s â€œheart was still in rhyminâ€™.â€ Her LP, Shine, has disbelievers catchinâ€™ flies and the states waiting for her next hot single. She’s also just received five MOBO nominations, including nods for best song, best video for “American Boy” and best album. PARLOUR shot the shit with the bitchinâ€™ Brit (thatâ€™s a compliment in London…) and got the dirty on her latest fashion must-haves, London blokes vs. American boys and who she’s about to let dutty-wine all over her next single, “Come Over.” Respect!
My fashion sense is just comfortable. I like to do shoulder pads and edges and corners on clothes. But I still want to be comfortable. [I love] Jean Pierre Braganza. Heâ€™s from London. Heâ€™s wicked insane. I feel like he makes things just for me. Iâ€™ve never met him but his stuff is just perfect. So Iâ€™m smashinâ€™ on him right now. Then thereâ€™s Kristian Aadnevick who I wore in the â€œAmerican Boyâ€ video. I also like Diesel because their stuff is kinda Grace Jones-y, and I think Grace Jones is the shit! But my ultimate high-end designer is Fendi and individual designer would be Karl Lagerfeld. In UK Iâ€™m at Top Shop all day, Harvey Nichols, Southbridge and Sloan Street. In the states, Iâ€™m at the vintage shops. You can find like a thirty-dollar bag then later itâ€™s like, â€œoh shit, itâ€™s real snakeskin!â€
â€¦on American boys vs. British blokes.
American boys are fantastic. They are fun. I never date at home like that. And the past four years have been dating disasters for me. Here, Iâ€™m just getting to know different blokes, Iâ€™ve gotten some really good friends out of it. But, boys are boys. Theyâ€™re crazy and theyâ€™re good, wherever you go in the world. I tried to find differences but now I donâ€™t. I think style-wiseâ€”I mean, Iâ€™m into fashion so I look at thatâ€”I like British boys. But in America, the swagger is together. That word swagger isnâ€™t enough. They have their own lilâ€™ strut; itâ€™s a lot more of their attitude.
â€¦on the music industry in the UK and the US.
[The music industry in the UK] has its racismâ€”because theyâ€™ll still come at you and youâ€™re like â€œHow stupid do you sound?â€â€”but combined with that, they donâ€™t know how to handle me. If I have confidence then they see it as cocky. Or they say youâ€™re getting too big for your britches â€™cause you went to America. Nope! I been this big in my britches, since I was a kid. Iâ€™m a confident young woman. My mom raised me like this. People in the states take things at face value. Like it is what it isâ€¦ they love artists with confidence. Itâ€™s more about the dollar than it is about the class and the systems. Which I can appreciate to a point because then I donâ€™t have to deal with people telling me â€œwell itâ€™s never been done by a Black girl before.â€ Itâ€™s more about â€œLet me show you how I do it and let me give you a plan so that you can make money out of this.â€ There are systems here to work for you.
â€¦on who sheâ€™s stalking for future collabos.
MARY J. BLIGE, MARY J. BLIGE, MARY J. BLIGE. **Laughs** I met her once and people were telling me that she listens to my album like â€œthatâ€™s my girl.â€ And Iâ€™m like, “oh my God, Iâ€™m Maryâ€™s girl!” Like if you know Mary, you know me. On a real level like she opens her mouth and itâ€™s like YES! Exactly! A collabo with me, Mary and Lauryn would be insane. My next single is gonna be â€œCome Over.â€ I wanna get Sean Paul on that so that should be crazy. As far as producers, Iâ€™d love to work with Babyface, simply because of how he just came back on that Lil Wayne song, â€œComfortable.” Sick. Nobody else could have done that for Wayne. Ne-Yo, none of them. It had to be Babyface.
â€¦on her top five artists, ever.
Mary J., Kanye. Ne-Yo, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson. They do it for me on any given day.
qimmah saafir. writer. researcher. blogger. all-around helluva chiq.