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Monday, December 3, 2012

Kreayshawn talks her album, porn, and Craigslist pimpin'

It's only a few hours before Kreayshawn plays her Nov. 11 show at the Tabernacle. I enter her tour bus and I'm guided to the back to greet the "Gucci Gucci" buzz star. She had her hair tied back, wearing sweats and slippers, and dawning her finest Atlanta wear - a Waka Flocka T-shirt. Adventure Time played on the television as I set up. She explained to me this is typical of her before a show. Smoke a little Mary Jane, kick back, and indulge in some quality toons on the telly. This already sounds interesting right?

Welcome to Atlanta.

This is my first show here. We're gonna go crazy and get it crackin'.

This is your biggest tour thus far?

Yeah, I did one last year. A college tour. It was me and Neon Indian, they're a indie rock group. It was only two weeks.

What is it like driving around the country and performing?

It's actually relaxing. As chaotic as it may seem with eight people on the bus. It can get dramatic sometimes, but I'm an only child so I'm happy to be around other people.

So your new album, Something About Kreay just dropped this September. As your first, what kind of feelings did you experience while recording it?

I never worked on an album before. It was definitely exciting and scary at the same time. I wanted every song to represent a different genre of music you know? I wanted every song to sound different and thankfully it ended up like all flowing together really perfect.

How was the experience of recording the album different from what you've done before?

With the album it's a bit more pressure. You're in a fancy studio that cost money every time you're there. So its like if you go and you're not feeling like writing that day or you don't feel like doing it you just gotta leave because you can't waste money. It's definitely harder, but I work well under pressure I guess.

By pressure you mean deadline pressure, pressure from people or ...

I'd just came out with "Gucci Gucci," and shortly after that I was just touring and doing interviews and radio promo and everything for so many months. Then when I finally had time to work on the album it was like I cant take a year like to write the album. I was telling myself I have to put it out as soon as possible. I think it would've been better if right when "Gucci Gucci" came out they could've paused it all and had me go to the studio right away, you know?

Speaking of videos, you've done a fair share of video work before. How does the techniques of video align with how you create your music?

They both have a lot to do with rhythm and pacing. I like footage to play to the beat. That's how I write too. It's like free sailing for me. I write as quick as I'm thinking in my head.

Did you feel like you had something to prove with your debut album?

Not really. I just wanted to like put it out like as quick as I could just because I know my fans had been waiting for it. When I first started, I didn't really have like "fans." They were like twitter friends. Then as I got bigger it became like a real fan base. That's really who I appreciate.

I didn't want to go hard and make 14 songs like "Gucci Gucci." I wanted it to be like how my mixtape was. Just fun music and shit.

There's this song, I'm just gonna read the title 'K-2-3-4-ys0nixz'...

Yeah kreaysonics

"Kreaysonics." Yeah. And then there's "Breakfast" with 2 Chainz, "Twerkin'" with Sissy Nobby and Diplo. You mentioned all these different sounds and we can hear these different sounds. What influenced you to have all these different sounds and where do your inspirations come from?

I listen to a lot of different of music. I'll find like a certain genre and listen to all these artist within that genre. I also DJ. So I'm always listening to music and I wanted every song to represent a different genre. Like "K234ys0nixs" you have which is like super 80's sounding.

"Supersonic"

Yeah and then you have "Breakfast" which is super minimal trap type. And "BFF" like singing and R&B, crying my heart out. Like it was just all fun for me.

So listening to all these different genres what would you say lent most to your style of rapping?

You know I think definitely like, even though they're all different genres, they all have a Bay Area style. I'm always gonna have that Bay vibe. It all goes into that Bay Area kinda feel. Everybody there is open-minded and listens to all types of stuff, that's how I got into listening to all of that.

What do you listen to that might surprise us?

I listen to a lot of jazz. Brazillian jazz, and French jazz. That usually surprises people. Nowadays, with the Internet, there's a lot of different genres being created. Like witch-house, glam-rock, cunt-pop, everything.

Your favorite song from the record is "Luv Haus." Why's that?

I can definitely say the recording process of it was so intense. It was definitely memorable. I wrote this song, but I didn't want to sing it. I was just like, ughh. They had me lay down on the floor and try to sing lying down. It was awkward. I don't think I'll ever perform that song.

Not even lip-synch it? You wouldn't' lip-synch it for your life?

Ha! I'd lip-synch it for my life, but I don't think I'll ever perform it. Ha! They just had a Drag Race marathon on, it was awesome.

The album got good reviews, but the Twitterverse was slamming it for its first week sales. How did you feel about people's reactions, this being your first big project?

When the sales came out, I was on my way to Spain. So I was on a 30-hour missing streak. I get back and look at my Twitter and there's all these things about lowest selling album ever and all kinds of shit. The album was only available at Hot Topic, so it's whatever. Just because it sells high doesn't mean it's not crap.

I definitely sense this rebel attitude from you. And while observing the ol' reliable Wikipedia, I read that you threatened to throw a watermelon at someone ...

That is true.

But that's just what's on record. What are some of the things you've done that you got away with?

When you're sixteen, it's like you're right of passage to go to the mall and steal. I stole my mother's weed pipes, stealing weed from her. Then when I got older, selling drugs and stuff. Shit like that. I'm happy I don't do that type of shit anymore.

Also on Wikipedia, it said you were a Craigslist pimp? What the hell is a Craigslist pimp?

Girls were coming up to me telling me they want to make money. And I thought about all the girls posting stuff on Craigslist to get dates and do whatever they want. I was just trying to help, make a dream team. But that literally lasted a week before some real pimps like interfered and shut my shit down. The girls kinda turned their backs on me...

The Craigslist prostitutes?

[laughs] They weren't prostitutes. They were go-getters.

I'll take that. What do you feel influenced your rebellious attitude?

I don't know. Just being a kid. If I lived in the suburbs, I probably would've drank beers with my friends to rebel rather than selling ecstasy or whatever.

Do you feel that attitude carried over to your music?

Yeah. The stuff I see and experience or stuff I've had my friends go through, I always try to slide some slick shit in there.

Your stage name derives from the word "creation." Aside from music and video, what else do you create?

I did a lot of poetry. I stopped writing as soon as I got my Twitter. But 13 years worth of poetry and art. I really wanna do something with that. I either want to put it out with my name or as anonymous.

As a new artist, you've had some beef situations with a few artists including Rick Ross and Azealia Banks. For someone who's new to the game, what's the toughest part of dealing with situations like these?

People not understanding what's going on. There's a lot of online bullying too, the world is just crazy. A lot of beefs that happen usually come from the Internet. It's not like back in the day just passing notes, it's permanent. It hurts more.

When someone like Rick Ross, whom I'm assuming you're a fan of, came for you as he did, how did that make you feel?

I definitely started it.

It was a joke right?

Yeah. But it just went too far on my side. I can't get mad at him. It was definitely a moment. But you get what you dish out, right?

What about the PornHub retweet?

That was definitely a misunderstanding. I don't feel like I started that. I'm a porn fanatic. And I was a fan of the song [212] because it'd just came out and I thought it was cool that PornHub is retweeting this song.

Is PornHub like your favorite porn site?

Yeah, it's like my go to. They have a lot of good categories. I remember back in the day when I was way too young to watch porn, downloading it on Napster and Kazaa. You're spending like a whole day trying to download this one porn file and now they're like free online all the time. It's amazing.

They have this Netflix thing you can get now that's like porn Netflix for your TV. I want to get it, it sounds pretty awesome.

Who's your favorite?

Sasha Grey. She's flat-chested and so am I. We have that bond. Hands down.

So back to the beef situation, who'd be your dream beefer. Like a frenemy, or in this case a beef-f-f.

I think there's already a couple of those out there. When you have beef-f-fs, it's more fun to beef with them. There's passion in it. I have this song on my album called "BFF" and it's super heart-felt. And there was a huge girl fight in the crowd while I was performing this song. It was so symbolic. Sometimes you hit a girl, she hits you back and then you're like 'Wow, we're bad ass bitches' and that makes you closer sometimes.

What do you feel is next?

I don't know. Everything's been leading up to this tour and trying to get through this weird feeling of putting out an album. And then the label, I feel like they don't care about me anymore. I'm gonna just be honest. Not like they're wanting to drop me, but I don't think they know what to do with me.

You'd think the labels would have a grip on that now considering the frequency of viral stars nowadays.

The album is the big deal. People put out songs and mixtapes. I went straight for the album. Doing press and traveling, that's not really my thing. I'm an artist and I love creating, but I'm not that great at sharing it. It's hard putting your name out there. What's next is me probably finding my medium. Doing what I want and being successful. I've already passed my success goals in life. I've already done way more than I can imagine. It's everyone else who wants more Kreay. So yeah.

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