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Keyshia Comes Home --The Neo R&B Diva is Bigger than Hyphy Hip Hop

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Photo Gallery//Review, Words/Picts: TaSin Sabir Posted: May 02, 2006

Keyshia Cole, the top selling R&B/Hip Hop artist from Oakland, had fans screamin for more Friday April 21st at the Grand Ballroom in San Francisco.

The Bay has been getting a lot of attention lately for the Hyphy Movement but Keyshia has been our most consistant representative, scoring hits with the Kayne West produced "I've Changed My Mind" and the heartfelt ballad "Love" while staying in heavy commercial radio play all over the country since the beginning of '05. She's The Bay's biggest star in music right now, period.

The sold out venue had disappointedfans waiting outside in hopes of a spare ticket andanxious fans inside enduring the three hours of opening acts and set up.

A women standing to the right of me kept asking her friend what was keeping Keyshia so long. They talked as if they knew her, coming up with numerous reasons of why she wasnt on stage yet. The concert started at 8:30 and first group up was called Metro -- soon to be signed by Keyshia Coles record label. Next was Robin Thicke who filled the venue with mellow songs of lost loves and jumped around stage like it was his first time.

And then the moment arrived. Keyshia strutted out in her street style that screamed from head to toe that she was from Oakland -- a few extra pennies was notgoing to change her. I listened to her album, The Way It Is, in the car before her concert. I played Love, a couple of times and jammed to I Changed My Mind and listened to my new favorite, Guess What? She sang every song to perfection during the live version.

Keyshia gave her fans everything she had that night. With sweat streaming down her face she sang and sang. She even sang "Love" twice, letting the audience bask in its glory one more time. At one point she pulled a little girl from the crowd and let her sing along on the microphone, leaving the lil' sisters mother in the audience beaming with joy. And then, suddenly, the show was over and everyone was hot and sweaty from standing too close to each others warm bodies and screaming hysterically.

Cole fanatics poured out of the venue and into the cool city air, letting damp clothing dry out in the breeze.

Tasin is an editor, photographer and graphic designer for YO!

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