Atlanta sing-rapper Kodie Shane is part of Lil Yachty's Sailing Team crew and collaborates with him and her own music is surely benefiting a bit from his fame. She's also the younger sister of Brandi Williams of Left Eye proteges Blaque, and she talked to Billboard about that:

You grew up in a musical family. What do you remember of that time?

Well, a long time ago, before I was actually a thought, my sister was in a group, Blaque, that was signed by [industry veteran] Tommy Mottola, but it was Left Eye's group. When my mom and dad were dating at the time, they were doing this whole group thing with his daughter, my sister Brandi, so my mom helped develop them and they stayed at her house. She helped them become a group because [the members] didn't really know each other. They were put together. They had to learn how to gel and just be one. After my mom helped develop them, Left Eye took them to the office and they got signed. It was pretty fire.

Did seeing your sister's success make you want to pursue a career in music too?

Yeah because when I was a baby, they were touring and I was on tour with them. I just grew up and almost had no choice. I could do whatever I wanted to do, but it's like for as long as I can remember, [music was] probably what I was going to do. I wanted to play basketball at one point but not really more than I wanted to entertain. I wouldn't even say just being an artist -- I wanted to entertain.

In that same interview, she lists Bow Wow, Ashanti & Ja Rule, 50 Cent, Dipset, R Kelly, Fabolous, Ludacris and T.I. as early influences, discusses working with Yachty, and more. You can read more here. Check out some videos (including the one for her Lil Yachty collab "Sad") and her December 2016 EP Zero Gravity below.

Kodie is touring in February, including a Brooklyn show on February 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Kodie Shane -- 2017 Tour Dates
Feb 16 Black Cat Washington, DC
Feb 17 Trocadero Balcony Philadelphia, PA
Feb 19 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
Feb 20 Middle East Cambridge, MA
Feb 22 Velvet Underground Toronto, Canada
Feb 23 The Loving Touch Ferndale, MI
Feb 24 Subterranean Chicago, IL
Feb 25 Grand Live at Venue Oakland Oakland, CA
Feb 28 Los Globos Los Angeles, CA

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