Michel'le Net Worth 2022

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Net Worth $ 500,000
Real name Michel'le Denise Toussant (also spelled Toussaint)
Source of Wealth Music career
Profession Singer, songwriter
Spouse/Partner Previously in a relationship with Dr. Dre and married to Suge Knight
Date of Birth Dec 5, 1970
Zodiac Sagittarius
Age 52
Gender Female
Pronoun She/Her
Height 163 cm / 5 ft 4 inch
Nationality American
Siblings Brother Christopher “Solairii” Toussant

Biography

Michel'le Denise Toussant is an R'N'B singer who was popular in the late 1980s and 1990s. She is most famous for her hit single "No More Lies,” which reached No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Michel'le was known for her squeaky speaking voice, which is a considerable contrast to her strong singing voice.[2]He was also a cast member of the reality show “R&B Divas: Los Angeles,” and portrayed in the biopic TV drama “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le.”[3]

Her net worth is estimated at $500,000 in 2022.

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Early life and beginnings of a singing career

Michel'le was born in South Central, Los Angeles. She started her singing career as a vocal part of the electro group “World Class Wreckin' Cru” as a female vocalist in their 1987 song "Turn Off the Lights."

Her involvement was arranged pretty last minute because another female singer couldn’t make it to the recording session. After that, she was signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Record label.

In 1990, Michel'le released her self-titled debut album - “Michel'le.” It became an instant hit, with hits such as "No More Lies," which climbed to 7th place on the US Billboard Hot 100, "Nicety," "If?" and "Something in My Heart."[4]

The album was produced by Dr. Dre, who was her then-boyfriend and part of the N.W.A. hip-hop group. It sold over 1.5 million copies and brought Michel'le overnight fame. She also toured in the UK promoting the album.

Michel'le” was also certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After the successful debut album, she was featured in the 1990 song "We're All in the Same Gang" alongside other hip-hop stars such as Ice-T, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Eazy-E, Young MC, and MC Hammer. The track was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 33rd Grammy Awards.

She released her second album, “Hung Jury,” in 1998, nine years after her first, under Death Row Records. The album featured the hit "Hang Time," but apart from that one ray of fame, it received almost no attention, selling 91,000 copies. The bad promotion was mainly the result of controversies and the declining popularity of the label.

Apart from her own music, Michel'le was also featured in 2Pac's song "Run tha Streets” and Tha Dogg Pound's song "Let's Play House." She also provided a voice for the “Dysfunktional Family” soundtrack, a 2003 documentary stand-up comedy.

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After several years of break, she released a new single in 2011 titled "Freedom to Love." Her most recent release was the song "Moonlight" in 2016.

She had numerous memorable live performances, including "Chocolate Sunday" at "The Savoy Entertainment Center" in Inglewood and "Taste of Soul" in Los Angeles in 2009. In 2010, she was invited to perform at “The Females of Hip Hop Awards” in Los Angeles.[5]

In 2013, Michel’le announced she was working on a new album and having discussions with new labels. However, she hasn’t released anything new since then. However, she frequently performs at hip-hop and R’n’B events.

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TV and movies

Michel'le was cast for the reality show “R&B Divas: Los Angeles,” a spinoff of the “R&B Divas: Atlanta.” The show revolves around a group of female R&B singers from Los Angeles, working their way around music careers and personal lives.[6]

She was not included in “Straight Outta Compton,” a biopic drama movie, even though she was associated with the N.W.A. hip-hop group.

She did an interview for Vlad TV, revealing Dr. Dre’s abuse towards her and identifying it as the reason for not being included in “Straight Outta Compton.

In 2016, she got the chance to present her side of the story in the biopic “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le.” Her character is played by Rhyon Nicole Brown and tells the story of her music career, her abusive relationships with Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, and her journey.

Controversies and personal life

Marriage to Dr. Dre. and domestic abuse

Michel'le and Andre Romelle Young - Dr. Dre, met when she was 16 and doing her vocal part in the World Class Wreckin' Cru. They began their relationship soon after.

The couple had their son Marcel in 1991, Michel'le first child and Dr. Dre’s sixth child. However, after their son was born, their relationship took a turn for the worse. He started drinking, cheating, and being abusive.

In an interview for “Breakfast Club,” Michel’le revealed that Dr. Dre left her with a broken nose and a cracked rib and gave her a black eye five times.[7]

She sustained serious injuries and even shot at her during a heated argument, missing her by an inch. Michel'le started overusing pills and alcohol. She finally left Dr. Dre when she discovered he was engaged to another woman.

After the “Surviving Compton biopic premiere was announced, Dr. Dre threatened to sue Michel’le, and his legal team sent a cease and desist letter to Sony Pictures. Additionally, Dre’s lawyers threatened Michel’le with a defamation lawsuit to get her to back down from releasing the movie.[8]

Even though Michel’le had no legal documentation to prove the abuse, she had the witnesses’ testimony. The lawsuit never reached the courtroom because it would have been very difficult for Dre to prove that the abuse didn’t happen, especially after he had publicly apologized for beating women in the past.

Michel’le has stated that Dr. Dre never apologized to her personally for abusing her.

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Relationship with Suge Knight

The Death Row Records CEO and founder Marion Hugh Knight Jr, known as Suge Knight, stepped in as Michel'le’s savior and helped her get to rehab.[9]They got married in 1999 while he was serving time in prison. Although she stood by him during his prison time, they divorced after six years of marriage.

However, during the divorce process, she learned their marriage was invalid because Suge had been married to his ex-wife.

She also revealed that Suge was cheating with other women and was also abusive to her. In the interview for “Breakfast Club,” she described that he hit her and dislocated her jaw.

Michel'le and Suge had one daughter Bailei born in 2002. She sued Suge for unpaid child support. He was ordered by the court to pay her a lump sum of $40,476 and $13,492 a month in child support. [10]

In 2018, Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for running over a victim and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

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Conclusion

Michel'le is an R’n’B singer who became popular in the late 80s and 90s. She got a breakthrough after her vocal part in the electro group “World Class Wreckin' Cru.

She released her debut and only successful self-titled album, “Michel'le,” which included her hit single "No More Lies.” Michel'le also came to the spotlight after coming out with her abusive relationship with her exes, Dr. Dre and Suge Knight.

Michel'le’s net worth in 2022 is estimated at $500,000.

References

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  2. Michel'le (no date) IMDb. IMDb.com. Available at: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2265092/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm (Accessed: December 1, 2022).

  3. Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surviving_Compton:_Dre,_Suge_%26_Michel%27le  (Accessed: December 1, 2022). 

  4. Michel'le (album) (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel%27le_(album) (Accessed: December 1, 2022). 

  5. Michel'le (no date) IMDb. IMDb.com. Available at: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2265092/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm (Accessed: December 1, 2022). 

  6. R&B divas: Los Angeles (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%26B_Divas:_Los_Angeles (Accessed: December 1, 2022). 

  7. Michele'le interview with the Breakfast Club talks getting beat by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight (2016) YouTube. YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9l26BGf89s (Accessed: December 1, 2022). 

  8. Entertainment, L. (2022) Surviving defamation: Michel'le, Dr. Dre & The Law, Forbes. Forbes Magazine. Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/legalentertainment/2016/10/21/surviving-defamation-michelle-dr-dre-the-law/?sh=e078f9d62ccd (Accessed: December 1, 2022). 

  9. Porter, L. (2020) Before 'surviving Compton:' 6 things to about Michel'le, Dr. Dre and Suge Knight's relationship, Essence. Essence. Available at: https://www.essence.com/entertainment/surviving-compton-michelle-dr-dre-suge-knight-things-to-know/ (Accessed: December 1, 2022). 

  10. Siber, A. (2020) 9 Rap Dads with Ridiculous Child Support Payments, Complex. Complex. Available at: https://www.complex.com/music/2014/06/rap-dads-with-child-support-payments/suge-knight (Accessed: December 1, 2022).  

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