Jazz pianist/R&B singer Patrice Rushen is not only one of the baddest musicians in the game (Junior Mafia and MaryJ. Blige are among the slew of artists who have sampled her work and Rushen was the first woman to serve as the musical director for the Grammy Awards), she’s also a trendsetter as far as American natural hairstyles go. Rushen’s funky, fun take on colorful beaded braids brought new life to African-American protective styling and traces of her impact can be spotted in some pretty cool places. Thanks Mama Rushen for indirectly helping me keep my pre-k looks hot for the 99 and the 2000.
Listen to Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots” below.