[AMP Exclusive] Michelle Chats With ‘Gucci Gucci’ Rapper & VMA Best New Artist Nominee Kreayshawn
It all started with a video one of my friends posted on Facebook a while back. There was just something about the girl I saw wearing the Mickey ears and the giant gold bamboo door knocker earrings.
I had to watch “Gucci Gucci,” and from that moment on, I’ve been digging [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kreayshawn[/lastfm]!
I couldn’t wait to find out more about her style, her album, even her first VMA nomination. Kreayshawn stopped by the AMP Radio studios to hang out, answer every last question I had, and show her true swag.
[pullquote quote="I didn't know it would be signing a record deal that would seal the deal right there."]Michelle: It’s Michelle with one of my favorite new artists. Kreayshawn’s here.
Kreayshawn: Hey, how are you?
Michelle: I’m good. I’m glad that you’re here finally.
Kreayshawn: I’m one of your new favorite artists?
Kreayshawn: That’s so sweet!
Michelle: I’ve been fighting the fight for “Gucci Gucci.”
Kreayshawn: Yeah, you’ve been socking people in the mouth and stuff?
Michelle: No, I went down to my boss and I kind of rapped the whole thing. Not like you, but I gave it my best shot.
Kreayshawn: Well, how did he like it?
Michelle: He liked it! He was like ‘Oh, damn. What is this? What’s going on?’
Kreayshawn: Oh, yeah. He’s gotta know about it. We mobbin’.
Michelle: I had to go school him on it a little bit.
Kreayshawn: Yep, girl gang.
Michelle: Seriously, this has been a whirlwind for you all of a sudden.
Kreayshawn: Yeah, definitely was like, you know, you do something and then you put it out and then it just blows up like crazy.
Michelle: Did you expect that?
Kreayshawn: No, who expects things like that?
Michelle: I mean, obviously you’d hope for it, but…
Kreayshawn: Yeah, I mean, of course I was hoping for like something to change in my life, you know, but I didn’t know it would be signing a record deal that would seal the deal right there.
Michelle: How is that with your friends and stuff? Are they just like ‘What is going on?’
Kreayshawn: Yeah, they don’t understand when I’m like doing press and stuff like that. And they’re like, ‘Why can’t I come?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would you want to?’
Michelle: All this glamor.
Kreayshawn: All this glamor right here. Couple people taking a little picture. Of course I enjoy it. I love talking and stuff like that. But friends…my manager told me that’s the hardest thing I’m gonna have to deal with. And it is.
Michelle: It’s an adjustment. I think you’ll be OK with it though.
Kreayshawn: Yeah. I’ll survive.
Michelle: So, the single is totally blowing up. I know you’ve said…I follow you on Twitter so I know some of your business. I mean, it’s not personal business, you put it out there, but you’ve been saying that you’ve been finishing up all the songs. Are they all finished?
Kreayshawn: Well, yeah. You know, we got a lot of stuff that we’re almost ready to record, you know what I’m saying? You know, I like to go into the studio knowing exactly what I’m doing before I go in there. That way I can just get in there and work. So I mean, we have everything plotted out. And we’re just waiting for the time to get in there now so we can finish up this album.
[pullquote quote="No, but that's my partner. He always hits me up. He gives me a lot of positive enforcement, you know what I'm saying? " credit="-on Drake"]Michelle: You’ve gotta book some studio time.
Kreayshawn: Yep. You’ve gotta make time for the time.
Michelle: Are you going to be collaborating with anybody?
Kreayshawn: Umm. As far as right now, I don’t have any collabs, but as far as the album, I just want to establish myself as an artist. ‘Cuz there’s been a lot, a lot of offers.
Michelle: I heard Drake wants to collaborate with you, now c’mon.
Kreayshawn: I don’t know what kind of collaboration he might want to do. It might not be a song. No, but that’s my partner. He always hits me up. He gives me a lot of positive enforcement, you know what I’m saying? When I’m down, he’s like ‘ Oh. I’ve been there.’
Michelle: That’s amazing.
Kreayshawn: He’s like Grandpa Drake.
Michelle: How did that even come about? How does Drake just start blowing you up one day?
Kreayshawn: It’s just like, you’re all on Twitter. You know word of mouth. He works with The Weeknd, The Weeknd’s heard of me and it’s just, like, we all hear about each other and that’s just kinda how things go. We’re all young and fun, you know.
Michelle: I mean, I could blow you up on Twitter for a collaboration but it probably wouldn’t get the reach that Drake did..No, that’s so cool. You know, I thought it was awesome that Lil Wayne…I was gonna say, I don’t know if you wanna call it a shout out or a cover or what, but he basically did his thing over the track. Were you just freaking out about that?
Kreayshawn: I was super freaked out because, you know, I’ve been listening to Lil Wayne forever. Since he was a little baby. When he was a little 15-year-old rapper…It was like Prince covering your song in the hip-hop world, you know what I’m saying? It’s pretty clean.
Michelle: Yeah, that’s so hot. As soon as I heard that, I saw online and I had to click it, immediately…It was super hot….Um, OK. So we don’t know exactly when the CD is going to come out yet.