J.D., Missy Elliott Help Out Tamar

It helps to have friends (or relatives) in high places.

Tamar (a.k.a. Tamar Braxton) delivered her self-titled debut album to stores this week, bringing with it collaborations with Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliott, among others.

Tamar is the youngest sister of Toni Braxton, and teamed with producer Chris "Tricky" Stewart for the album's second single, "If You Don't Want To Love Me." That track is now hitting radio some five months after her first single, the Dupri-produced "Get Gone" (featuring Amil) surfaced last fall. Missy does her part on a track called "No Disrespect," which can also be found on the album.

The 21-year-old Tamar began her career as a member of The Braxtons, a trio that also featured sisters Towanda and Trina. That group released one album, "So Many Ways," back in 1996.

Tamar's solo effort comes just as her sister Toni is preparing to release her first album in four years. Braxton's "The Heat" is slated to drop on April 25, and

the album's first single, "He Wasn't Man Enough," has already surfaced.