If you think that the ascendance of Kreayshawn is a bit of enigma, you aren't alone. After posting a video for the now banned "Gucci Gucci" to Youtube (due to terms violation) on 5/18, within five days the video had logged 600k hits. Soon after, it started to get surreal:
Though she has only performed live six times and has one official mix tape out, she recently signed a $1 million contract with Columbia Records and is making famous friends quickly. "Snoop hit me up on Twitter," she explained. "He was like, 'Yo, DM [direct message] me. I really love your song.' So we met up, hung out and recorded a song with my sister, V-Nasty." Other fans include Diddy and, puzzlingly, MTV comedian Andy Milonakis...Kreayshawn and her creatively-named crew the White Girl Mob (DJ L1l D3bb and V-Nasty), may also be benefitting from their own liberal use of the n-bomb:
A recent LA Weekly article described Kreayshawn's style: "If [Lady] Gaga is the coolly elegant Madonna from 'Vogue,' Kreayshawn is the gritty downtown Madonna with a girl posse from 'Borderline.' " -[The Daily]
OCWeekly: A lot of people have been criticizing your girl and White Girl Mob crew member Lil Debbie for her use of the N-word. How do you feel abut that word and the use of it in music?Regardless of the why, Kreayshawn is currently moving toward the interweb MC celebri-status of Lil B (who she knows and has shot videos for) . Though:
Personally in my songs I don't use it at all. If I'm freestyling and I said it, that's just for that point in time. Any songs I'm writing I don't use it. But like I said in Oakland, Asian people will call Mexicans that. A Mexican will call a black dude that. A white person will call an Asian that. Everyone calls each other that. I feel like that word is used in the low income community more than anything. I can see if I was some rich crazy trick and I was just saying this because it's hip-hop. No, I was raised around this. Me and my sisters were all raised around this. People call me that. But personally I'm not flaunting it around. I don't say it in my music because of how, if I'm putting myself out there to the world there are going to be a lot of people who don't like it.
Lil B took time to speak to Billboard.com's The Juice on Kreayshawn and her success. "When you're an artist you get what you deserve," Lil B says. "I'm happy that she's working for her dreams and following the world I have created. She's definitely talented and we will see what's in store for the future. But it's all about Lil B and the Based God."Her upcoming projects include filming a video for Red Hot Chili Peppers, and taking her live performance count into the double digits with a few new US dates in major cities including a NYC show on August 18th at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are still available (the Lil B and Odd Future shows at the same venue sold out a bit quicker) (yes, she's associated with Odd Future too).
She'll also be back east in September to play Philadelphia's POPPPED Music Festival that the Shins, Girl Talk, Panda Bear, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Titus Andronicus, Cults, The Vaccines, Foster the People, Rakim and many others are also playing. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, and the infamous "Gucci Gucci" video are below. Snag another new song, "Rich Whores" at her website.
KREAYSHAWN - 2011 TOUR DATES
8-18 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
8-19 - The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
8-25 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
8-27 - The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
9-27 - POPPED! Music Festival - Philadelphia