'I Refuse For Us Not to Be Respected': A Chat With the Lionhearted Dawn Richard

Few pop musicians have a trajectory as unorthodox, strange, and ultimately triumphant as that of Dawn Richard. First introduced to the world via Diddy’s MTV reality series Making the Band 3, she spent the latter half of the 2000s in the pop group Danity Kane, making buoyant radio pop that hit (two of three albums were…

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Dawn Richard Continues Being One of the Most Innovative Musicians Around With 'Not Above That'

In the glory years of Timbaland and the Neptunes—the mid 1990s to the early 2000s—the stars they produced were made not just because those stars had starpower, but because there was something holistically unique, exciting, and innovative about their sound. To use the most obvious (and most-cited) example, Aaliyah was…

Watch Dawn Richard Get Real About Self-Love in New 'Projection' Video

For a few years, Dawn Richard has been independently releasing some of the best, deepest, and most experimental R&B out, and in the States it's been comparatively under-noticed—even as her former crew Danity Kane reunited and broke up again to a slew of tabloidy headlines. What gives! Regardless, in January, she…