Betty Wright: The Movie
Label: S-Curve Records
Betty Wright may collaborate with Lil Wayne and Joss Stone on Betty Wright: The Movie, but she proudly identifies as a mature woman, not a girl aiming for a second childhood. She hearkens to her late '80s hit "No Pain, No Gain" with hard truths, from advising her girlfriends in relationships on "In the Middle of the Game (Don't Change the Play)" to advising a nephew in the streets to find "A Real Woman." Questlove produced the album, but don't expect lush avant-neo-soul typical of The Roots. He's on Wright's territory, and that means gritty, gospel-inflected old-school soul.