RETRO CENTRIC: Kelis – “Caught Out There”Published by Justin Joseph on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6:00 am.
“I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW!” screamed Kelis on her 1999 debut single, “Caught Out There.” The in-your-face lyrics, paired with her rough vocals, made the song a blatant F-you anthem from a woman scorned. Produced and written by The Neptunes (men seem to write all the female anthems) the song became a top ten Billboard R&B hit reaching #9. It was a moderate success on the Hot 100 peaking at #54 on the chart.
Rocking a spiral curled afro of blond, gold, orange, red, and fuchsia hair; Kelis was a mad woman in the Hype Williams directed video, tearing up an apartment (she got a good arm on her, right?), and picketing alongside other angry women.
While the song found success, the album Kaleidoscope didn’t fare as well, selling just over 12,000 copies in its first week. The album has sold over 280,000 copies to date.
ED NOTE: We’re wishing Kelis a happy 33rd birthday!