Anita Baker poses for photographers after winning the award for favorite female Soul-R&B artist at the 22nd annual American Music Awards in 1995 Anita Baker poses for photographers after winning the award for favorite female Soul-R&B artist at the 22nd annual American Music Awards in 1995 (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Where’s Patti LaHelle when you need her?

Perhaps the internet satirist, famous for her dubbed-over parodies called “Got 2B Real” would have some imagined words of wisdom for poor Anita Baker. LaHelle became a popular YouTuber by imagining what singers like Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Rihanna would say about each other if they didn’t have to filter themselves. Sort of like, “Real Housewives,” but with R&B divas.

LaHelle, who stopped making new videos last year, would have had a field day with Baker. A Detroit judge issued a bench warrant for Grammy award-winning singer for failing to pony up more than $15,000 for house repairs completed in 2009.

 

Baker, perhaps best known for her 1986 hit “Sweet Love,” disobeyed a subpoena for a creditor’s examination in Wayne County Circuit Court last September. She was called to court when she didn’t pay Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating for the work she commissioned on her home in Grosse Point, a tony suburb of Detroit (remember Grosse Point Blank? That place). A default judgment for $15,351.41 was entered against Baker in 2011 according to the company’s attorney, Dan Gerow.

LaHelle, for those familiar, says she’s not coming out of retirement, even if Baker’s not paying her bills. As she told Tim Jones-Yelvington, “all the good [stuff] happens now that I’m retired.”

H/t Detroit Free Press