This 19-year-old Houston native initially fronted the female trio Best Kept Secret—very fitting, given that the city is also home to another girl group, Destiny's Child. But BKS' implosion beca

This 19-year-old Houston native initially fronted the female trio Best Kept Secret—very fitting, given that the city is also home to another girl group, Destiny's Child. But BKS' implosion became Brooke Valentine's gain. She is grabbing attention with the aggressive, Lil Jon-produced single "Girlfight," also featuring OutKast's Big Boi. Given the song's crunk'n'B flavor, it's easy to dismiss Valentine as another assembly-line wannabe. But listen further. Her wry, forthright look at life with all of its joys and foibles sets her apart from the pack. Like an amusement park bumper car, she careens from crunk to R&B/pop to alternative/rock. Her edgy, sassy persona takes off on such tracks as "Blah Blah Blah" featuring Dirt McGirt (the late Ol' Dirty Bastard), the funky "American Girl" and the revenge-themed "I Want You Dead." But the lady also isn't afraid to show her vulnerable side, most notably on "Long As You Come Home" and "Tell Me Why You Don't Love Me." Chances are good that this Houston lass can't miss.—GM