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Adina Marie Howard is an American singer and songwriter.
She rose to fame during the mid-1990s with her debut album, Do You Wanna Ride? and her debut single, “Freak like Me”. Some of her other minor hits include “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”, ” And U Know It”, “Nasty Grind”, “Freaks” and “T-Shirt”.
Her debut album Do You Wanna Ride?, featuring the Platinum-certified hit single, “Freak like Me“, was released in 1995 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Her follow-up singles included “My Up and Down” (#32 R&B, No. 68 Hot 100) and “It’s All About You” (#58 R&B).
In 1996, she collaborated with Warren G for the Police Story 3: Super Cop soundtrack with the single “What’s Love Got to Do with It” which featured a sample of the Tina Turner hit. The single was another hit for the two, peaking at No. 36 on the Hot 100, No. 32 on R&B, and No. 2 on the UK charts. The music video also featured Jackie Chan in a cameo. Also that year, she collaborated on a track with Somethin’ for the People titled “Damned If I Do” which appeared on the soundtrack for A Thin Line Between Love and Hate as well as their self-titled debut album. She also recorded the track “For the Funk” for the Sunset Park soundtrack.
In 1997, she prepared for the release of her second album, Welcome to Fantasy Island (originally titled Portrait of a Lady). It garnered critical raves and a moderate hit with the lead single, “(Freak) And U Know It”, but was shelved by Elektra Records in 1997. The album was leaked to the internet a few years later and promotional copies sell for hundreds of dollars
One of the shelved album’s tracks, “T-Shirt & Panties” (a collaboration with Jamie Foxx) ended up on a soundtrack the following year. It was originally slated for the soundtrack to his film Booty Call but it eventually ended up on the soundtrack to the 1998 feature film Woo. It was released promotionally as a single, and the remix featured Cam’ron and Charli Baltimore.
Also this year, she collaborated with Cydal on a track titled “Chocolate (Cuties & Condoms)” which was released as a single for the Bulletproof soundtrack. The track was also included on their debut album Cydalwayz the following year.
During this time, she made her feature film debut in the independent film High Freakquency, starring Deon Richmond and John Witherspoon.
In 2002, she filmed her second movie role, in the still-unreleased Casanova’s Demise for director Tigre Hill.
Also this year, she collaborated with the Hip-Hop group PYG’z and Yuck Mouth on the track “Been Around the World” for the former’s debut album