*She’s known for her unique fashion, visual and musical styles.
And she’s back with a new conceptual album, “Food.”
It’s actually her relationship with Nas that has kept her out of the limelight as of late.
“I became a runner, to escape the fame,” she said; “Is it a curse or is it my art?” she asked.
But her album is about the optimism behind food and “putting her life back together” after a common celebrity public breakup.
It was her comfort in food that got her back to doing what she’s great at — being so immersed in food these past the few years she’s been MIA in the music industry.
“I realized that there was something else that I adored,” she continues, chewing down another mouthful. “There’s a point where you think, ‘What else will I do if I don’t do music?’ It becomes your identity when it never should have been. But food ignited a fire in me and I came right back to music because it no longer felt like a job. It was a really powerful thing for me.”
It took a few years, but she got off of Jive and trained to be a saucier at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school.
“After “Kelis Was Here” I was done,” she says of her 2006 album, beginning a label battle. “I was like, ‘I will never put out another record again, I hate this business, I hate all these people.’ I was in this race that I didn’t even realize that I was in. I woke up and ten years had passed. That was never my plan. My desire was never to put out albums, it was to do musical theatre!”
But with cooking inspiring her musically, she’s moved on from those days of Jive and Nas.
“That’s not how I feel at all,” she says warmly. “I’ve been divorced for almost five years; it’s over, I’m over it. But what I would say is that last year I was made more aware of it because my ex-husband decided to talk about stuff that I hadn’t shared with the world.”
She continued with:
“He slipped my wedding dress on to his album cover [2012’s “Life Is Good”], so now I have to talk about it! I had no idea it was happening, I was like, ‘What the…?’ But it didn’t affect my life. I’m not living that life now. I’m super-content and at peace.”
She’s open to making more music, but she doesn’t have that much desire. Maybe, like food something will inspire her in the future.
“I might make another album. I might make 10 more albums. I might never make another album again. It depends on how the mood suits me.”
She continued with: “I’m not declaring retirement but I’m just saying that I don’t have any musical ambitions any more.”
Her album on the label Ninja Tune is due out April 21, 2014.
Watch the music video to her new single, “Jerk Ribs” below: