Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Keyshia Cole on Foxy, Mary, and her other aspirations


Keyshia Cole is the woman of the day. She recently sat down with Rajul Punjabi of Rap-up.com for an exclusive interview where she speaks about Foxy Brown, Mary J, and her own personal aspirations to become a veterinarian. . . .

Here are a few questions from the interview. To read the entire interview:


When asked about Too $hort:
He is definitely a pioneer from Oakland, California… One of my favorite artists that comes from Oakland. It was wonderful. I wanted to get him on my first album, but it didn’t work that way. I had more creative control on this album…so I was able to do that.

You tried to get Foxy Brown on your first album and she shrugged you off a couple of times.
I surely would work with Foxy. That’s just the way it is when you come into this business. And business is business. It’s fine, I’m cool with that because I ain’t ever beg nobody for any attention. I actually had recorded one song that I was going to get Foxy on, but it didn’t really work out. I was in between songs like, “I don’t know if I really like it.” I didn’t end up doing it, but I would definitely work with Foxy.

Your first album really blew up. How long did it take for people to notice Keyshia Cole?
Two years out. The first single, “I Changed My Mind” came out—Kanye came through. He’s been a very good friend of mine. I recorded on his first album, actually. You have to put your work in. It’s not easy and you have to sacrifice some things in your life. The boroughs of New York City—that’s where we really started. “I Changed My Mind” was played here [in New York] first. I’m trying to figure out how I can word this right because I am from Oakland, but New York was really the first place to understand and take to my music. Then Oakland was like, “Wow, she’s from here?” And then it was on and crackin’.

To read the entire interview, log on to www.rap-up.com . They have alot of other great features and articles over there as well.

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