BET Digital is rewinding back to R&B and hip-hop’s prized era with a new original docu-series, Finding, which is based on the long-lost talents of the ‘90s and early 2000s industry scene.
For its debut premiere on Friday (September 21), Finding uncovers the burgeoning career of R&B singer Nivea during the peak of urban music’s 21st century.
The Georgia songstress recounts the compelling details of her Hollywood rise and fall, her intimate coupledom-turned-co-parenting with two of music’s biggest names, Lil Wayne and The-Dream, the cold-shouldering label politics that dampened her career, and the ultimate blessings she sacrificed it all for: motherhood.
Breaking out alongside New Orleans rapper Mystikal as the voice hooked on his sultry “Danger” hit, Nivea ascended into her own artistry from there. She’d already been likened to a Black Britney Spears by then-overhead of Jive Records, Clive Calder, and had a “con-artist” manager who pulled off a million-dollar deal for her when she was just 18-years-old.
“It was a bit overwhelming, but I worked for the opportunity,” Nivea explained. “I sacrificed my childhood with a manager that didn’t even complete the 9th grade, that did a lot of negative things to me, but also changed my life at the same time.”
From being booed on stage, to blossoming as one of her label’s most sought-after R&B urban sweethearts, to shying away to her label’s backburner and then motherhood, the Complicated singer recollects her never-before-told account that answers a true 2000s R&B fan’s most burning question: where is Nivea?
Find out in BET Digital’s first Finding episode above, and stay tuned for more episodes to rediscover some of your favorite faces of R&B and hip-hop’s past.