Mercedes is the name of a female R&B singer and more than one rock band
1. One of the few female artists in Master P's No Limit stable, RB/hip-hop singer Mercedes was born Raequel Miller in Louisiana in 1978 and grew up in Detroit, attending the city's High School for the Fine and Performing Arts and participating in the spiritually oriented Brazeal Dennard Youth Chorale. While studying music at Xavier University in New Orleans, she came to the attention of Master P at a talent show, and was signed immediately and christened Mercedes. After debuting on the I'm 'Bout It soundtrack, Mercedes issued her debut album, Rear End, in 1999. She retired from the music business shortly thereafter to attend law school to become a attorney.
The album, like most of No Limit's relases, featured other No Limit performing artists such as Mystikal, Mac, Mia X, Silkk the Shocker and Master P. The album cover for Rear End shows Mercedes bent over the hood of a Mercedes wearing a pear of revealing shorts and high heels.
In a promotional interview for her debut album Rear End, Mercedes claimed that it took just two weeks to cut the record -- which is interesting, since the album was being advertised in No Limit discs well over a year before its release. That confirms the sneaking suspicion that No Limit readies its artwork before the artist even enters the studio, and gives the impression that Rear End is another piece of No Limit product, as faceless and interchangeable as the last. But even though there are sections as plodding as the average Beats By the Pound production, and familiar catch phrases scattered throughout the record, there's more sonic variety on Rear End than most No Limit albums. Beats By the Pound occasionally smooth things out, borrow slightly from Timbaland's skittering productions, or add a soulful groove. There's even an urban ballad with "Pony Ride," and a new jack slow jam with "Candlelight Champagne." Change-ups like this are welcome, as are productions by Dez Charles, since the album is tedious when it trots out typical No Limit clich s -- namely, guest rappers, recycled hooks, skits, and endless profanity. Since Rear End clocks in at 70 minutes -- apparently, any hip-hop record less than hour long isn't perceived as a bargain -- it could have used a little trimming, and these would have been prime candidates. That is, with the notable exception of "Do You Wanna Ride." It lifts the chorus from Pebbles' "Mercedes Boy" and the verse from Vanity's "Nasty Girl," and the end result is the best shameless recycling No Limit has come up with in quite some time. Whenever a label turns out product at such a rapid rate, it is a welcome surprise whenever a record is slightly different and better than its predecessors.
2. English rock band, Mercedes, started life as ‘Paintbox’, a three-piece band with Keith Wilford on guitar\vocals, Dave Hacker on drums\vocals and Dave Heap on bass guitar\vocals. Their self-penned songs were so strong they decided to re-brand and re-launch under the name of ‘Mercedes’. This time their music was to be based entirely on original material. Mercedes were to become a formidable music force throughout the 80s, gaining a loyal following.
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