Starting out as part of the female group Best Kept Secret, R&B/hip
hop artist Brooke Valentine, born Kanesha Nichole Brookes, released her
first solo album “Chain Latter” in March 2005 through
Virgin Records. The album peaked at No. 16 in the Billboard 200 and No.
3 in the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, and has been sold
over 2.5 million copies globally. It spawned a minor Top 30 hit on the
Billboard Hot 100 titled “Girlfight.” Recently, in
February 2012, she released a single, “Forever,”
via an independent label, Subliminal Entertainment.
Childhood and Family:
Brooke Valentine was born Kanesha Nichole Brookes on October 4, 1986,
in Houston, Texas. She is the eldest of three children in her family.
She later moved to Los Angeles, C.A to pursue a career as a soloist.
Brooke Valentine launched her music career in Houston, TX as a member
of the female group Best Kept Secret. After the group collapsed, she
headed to Los Angeles to pursue a solo career. In 2004, she was
featured along with Jazze Pha in Guerilla Black's song, “Guerilla
Nasty,” from the West Coast rapper's album, “Guerilla
Signed to Virgin Records, Valentine released her debut album
“Chain Letter” on March 15, 2005. It peaked at No. 16
on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop
Albums. Released on January 10, 2005, the lead single
“Girlfight,” featuring Lil Jon and Big Boi, reached No. 23
on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 13 on the Billboard Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song also charted at various other countries
like the UK (#35), New Zealand (#28), Ireland (#47) and Australia
(#50). Produced by her executive producer and mentor Deja, the
second single “Long as You Come Home” (released: July 5,
2005) reached No. 71 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Houston
rappers Paul Wall and Mike Jones appeared in the first official remix
of the song. The third and last single “Cover Girl”
(released: October 18, 2005) failed to chart. Since its release,
“Chain Letter” has sold about 2.5 million units worldwide.
Still in 2005, Valentine contributed the song “Boogie Oogie
Oogie,” featuring Fabolous and Yo-Yo, to the soundtrack of the
comedy/drama film “Roll Bounce,” which was directed by
Malcolm D. Lee and starred hip hop artist Bow Wow.
Valentine's second album, “Physical Education,” was set to
be released in 2006 but, after several delays, it was eventually
shelved in 2007. The first single from the album, “D-Girl”
was released on May 16, 2006 to iTunes. Produced by Deja “The
Great,” the song peaked at No. 92 on the Billboard Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 48 on the Billboard Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales. The follow up single “Pimped
Out,” featuring Dem Franchize Boyz, peaked at No. 87 on the
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After the Subliminal
Entertainment CEO Deja acquired the masters and the contract rights
from Virgin Records, some of the material from the album recording
sessions was released as “Physical Education Mixtape Album”
In 2010, Valentine released a promotional single titled “Wish
Everyday Was Christmas” and a second mixtape called
“No More Girlfights.” She subsequently took a break from
By 2012, Valentine has changed her stage name to B. Valentine. On
February 14, 2012, she launched a new song via Subliminal Entertainment
titled “Forever,” which becomes the lead single from her
yet-untitled sophomore album. The song reached No. 92 on the Billboard
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.