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Your Next Obsession: Estelle

''American Boy'' will have you hooked on this Lauryn Hill-like singer

The video for the U.K.-raised singer's retro-soul single ''American Boy,'' featuring Kanye West, stirs up memories of (classic) Lauryn Hill in both style and sound. In fact, John Legend was so taken with Estelle's talent for flirtatiously weaving together rap, R&B, funk, and reggae that he chose her U.S. debut, Shine — which includes collaborations with Mark Ronson and will.i.am — as the first release (due April 29) for his new imprint, Homeschool Records. View ''American Boy'' at music.aol.com/video-hub or hear more of her tunes at myspace.com/estelleonline.

Originally posted Mar 20, 2008 Published in issue #984 Mar 28, 2008 Order article reprints