Cole Rising 

Keyshia Cole at the Mezzanine.

Before hooking up with hip-hop titan Kanye West, Keyshia Cole was a disciple of Tony Toni Toné frontman D'Wayne Wiggins, who discovered the R&B starlet when she showed up on his doorstep a few years ago in the wee hours. They recorded one track; Wiggins listened to it while cooking breakfast a few hours later, and realized that Cole had chops. He went knocking on doors in the neighborhood, asking if anyone knew her, and so a star was born. Known for her salty come-ons, revenge ballads about how she shoulda cheated, and the intentionally anachronistic American Idol-ready tune "Love," East Oakland native Cole returns to the Bay Friday, September 7, with fellow R&B singer J. Holiday. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. at San Francisco's Mezzanine club and costs $40-$50.


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