A tamer Kelis would've been hard to imagine in 1999. At the time, the singer's Virgin Records debut, "Kaleidoscope" -- a carnival of offbeat sounds carved by The Neptunes, and the home of her introductory, scorned-ex anthem "Caught Out There" -- was finding its base with the irregulars of R&B. In the span of five albums, Kelis has hung on those hip-girl outskirts, openly averting fame and, with it, commercial success for the most part, aside from 2003's sassy come-on "Milkshake," which hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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