Civil Scope: LightSkinKeisha
KarenCivil.com bought to know Atlanta’s rising new rap star and Civil Selects alum a bit of higher.
LightSkinKeisha, born and raised in Atlanta, GA identified for it’s bustling music scene as a lot because it’s site visitors has all the time taken the stage entrance and middle. Hailing from a cultural hit manufacturing facility that bears iconic output, Keisha plans to take the world by storm along with her tenacity, charisma and most significantly of all, her expertise.
Signing to LA Reid’s newly fashioned HitCo Entertainment, the rapper (and sometimes singer) has been onerous at work, lately releasing her mixtape Thats Just The Bottom Line and new single ‘Hey LightSkin’ with plans to take the summer season hostage with all new music.
Who have been a few of your greatest musical influences rising up that you simply suppose type of form who you might be, and what you do now together with your music?
My greatest affect, and somebody I undoubtedly admire in fact is Beyoncé. I simply love Beyoncé. I simply all the time listened to music with my brothers and sisters in the home, however my predominant factor is I’ve all the time listened to Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child…however I really like Beyoncé.
Looking again, mentioning being impressed by Beyoncé, it sounds such as you’ve all the time identified you wished to be that star. Did you all the time suppose you’d be the place you at the moment are?
Oh no I didn’t know. I all the time thought I’d be ya know, a school woman…I wished to be a dentist! But I’ve all the time had that feeling. I'll haven't identified what I assumed I'd be doing, however I all the time pictured myself on a stage as a result of I used to be in cheerleading for 13 years of my life. I went from leisure cheerleading all the way in which to All-Star and that’s a complete completely different ball sport. It forces you to have stage presence, and I all the time needed to carry out in entrance of massive large crowds.
You type of got here up in that viral area of YouTube parodies and Dubsmash, what do you suppose these digital mediums have modified about how artists achieve notoriety and the way do you suppose labels are in a position to faucet into that to see who is admittedly proficient and who’s bought what it takes?
To be trustworthy a whole lot of this technology now's in it for a bit of clout. [laughs] And I see individuals getting mad about “oh the labels are solely going after individuals with large followers…” however even when it comes right down to jobs, some are requesting to see what you’ve carried out and what your followers seem like. They’re trying to know your influence, and I don’t suppose that was one thing you could possibly guage again within the day. They mainly refrained from us in the event you wasn’t like a star or had a sequence on TV, or MTV or one thing like that. I believe social media now has opened that up. It’s a great factor, it’s not like we’re being refrained from the world now. It’s additionally educating individuals to be themselves and present their personalities extra. Honestly if it wasn’t for social media, I don’t know the place I’d be.
You’ve bought your take care of HitCo and LA Reid is traditionally identified for signing superstars, what are you trying to achieve from this new state of affairs going ahead?
I imply I believe it’s an excellent expertise as a result of it’s LA Reid. I'd’ve by no means thought I’d be signed by LA Reid so thats wassup. I imply possibly I ain’t a star star but however we’ll see.
LA has a deep historical past with Atlanta going again to Arista and LaFace Records, talking of hits, why do you suppose the town has been such a success manufacturing facility. Why do you suppose a lot nice expertise comes from Atlanta?
Because Atlanta is the place it’s at. It’s a cultural expertise, and for a very long time individuals have been tradition vultures for Atlanta’s tradition. We set the pattern for various dances for a very long time and proper now Atlanta is operating the music trade. People wasn’t tryna give us our credit score however to know Atlanta is to like Atlanta. I believe we’re now simply type of getting our recognition for it, nevertheless it’s okay although. Because now persons are seeing it, the way in which we speak, the way in which we rap, the way in which we dance they wish to adapt all of it.
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What do you suppose of the present panorama of ladies in rap and who do you consider, outdoors of your self, that you simply get pleasure from and would additionally need different girls to look and pay attention for?
I imply me in fact, I do know you stated to not speak about myself however [laughs]. I’m truly an actual R&B woman, I hearken to much more R&B artists than I do feminine rappers. And a whole lot of these women are transferring in between rapping and singing of their songs like a melodic circulation. But once you speak about women that I believe that may final I consider H.E.R., SZA, Summer Walker and Ella Mai. I do like Kash Doll, I like what she stands for. I like Mulatto. But on my daily I’m listening to extra R&B.
If you needed to decide a traditional R&B album everybody ought to hearken to, what would that be?
A traditional could be…Usher’s Confessions. that entire challenge rides. I'll by no means get uninterested in that album.
If you could possibly design your favourite music competition, who could be atop the invoice and what metropolis would it not be in?
I'd personally need it to be in Atlanta however I'd undoubtedly wish to put the most well liked artists from Atlanta, from Migos, to me, to TI, I'd make an Atlanta competition. But I imply prime acts? I gotta seize my woman Beyoncé, she have to fly out for it actual fast [laughs]. I fucks with Post Malone lots. I'd undoubtedly need him to be an enormous headliner. I’d deliver Trina out, I’d deliver Kash Doll out, Mulatto out. Who else? Meek Mill and Tory Lanez too, one thing like that.
That’s a reasonably strong lineup. A slight segway…somebody advised me you’re the voice recording on 6lack’s ‘Balenciaga Challenge’, is that you simply?
Yes I'm. He simply hit me like “yo I’m engaged on this album, it’s known as East Atlanta Love Letter, we from the identical facet, I really feel such as you’d be good. I need you to characteristic on it and voice file about how you're feeling about niggas on this day and your ideas and opinions and simply go in”. I didn’t even know he would chop it up and put it all through the album. So when it got here out I had a bunch of individuals hitting me up like “omg Lightskinkeisha on this 6lack album it’s lit”. I be laughing at myself like rattling this woman loopy [laughs].
You’re at present working in your debut, I do know TJTBL you’d contemplate a mixtape, do you may have any expectations on once you’ll launch?
I'm, idk what you'll name it, I assumed it could be a mixtape so I let LA hear among the songs and he was similar to it’s excellent high quality is admittedly good and it seems like an actual album, it don’t sound like a mixtape. So I don’t know, I don’t know. Oh yea that thang is dropping this summer season. That’s simply that. I’m pondering April-June. Sometime in the summertime.
That’s so good to listen to, I can’t look forward to that. My last query could be, what's one thing individuals wouldn’t find out about you, until you advised them?
That a yr in the past, earlier than all of this, I used to be homeless. I didn’t know what I used to be gonna do. I used to be working a job and I give up, as a result of it made me sad. I kinda hit all-time low, I used to be residing out of my automotive and resorts for a sure period of time. Then, swiftly I simply got here up. So individuals typically take a look at me and suppose “oh you bought it made, you being profitable now”…that got here from a whole lot of wrestle and a whole lot of onerous work. That didn’t come from “oh we really feel sorry for you, so we’re gonna offer you this,” or as a result of I stole one thing. Or simply something apart from me working onerous or placing in that effort to get the place I'm now. That’s for any aspiring artists trying to get something. Things aren’t all the time gonna go your method however you’ve bought to be prepared to make some sacrifices typically. You gotta be prepared to do some shit you by no means carried out and to only be fearless and courageous and simply onerous working. What you place in is what you get out and I anticipate to be even larger than the place I'm now due to my work ethic. Regardless of what anyone says, I’m not giving up for shit [laughs].
LightSkinKeisha’s present single, “Hey LightSkin” is obtainable in all places now.
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