One of the most hyped, hated and adored new artists of 2011, Bay Area-raised Kreayshawn has been on a non-stop path to success since May when she first performed live at SOM. She returns New Year’s Eve at The Regency Ballroom for her biggest local concert to date.
In early May 2011 Kreayshawn released the video for what would become her first hit single “Gucci Gucci” and within three weeks it had generated three million YouTube views (It has +28 million views now). Her first live show at SOM at the end of May was packed with industry reps looking to sign her, fans anticipating an epic performance and even more attendees waiting in wonder for the unknown. Kreayshawn easily proved herself to the crowd, was quickly signed by Columbia Records and has been on a whirlwind adventure ever since.
A nomination for the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist, traveling throughout the world working on new material with hitmakers of all types and packing sold out shows is only the beginning. With her first album set to be released next year, Kreayshawn will look back on 2011 as the year she got her start, but 2012 could be the year she takes over the music industry.
We chatted with Kreayshawn about her successes to date, her Bay Area roots, the adventures she’s been experiencing and more.
You’ve played two big shows in the Bay so far—at SOM in May and then the homecoming show this fall at Slim’s. What has that been like, blowing up and playing huge, sold-out shows at home?
It’s exciting doing shows at home because you have your friends and all these people who support you from your home area, that’s why I’m excited to spend New Years in San Francisco. There is no other place I’d rather be than with everyone who understands me.
You just got done working with Juicy J, how did that go? Who else have you enjoyed working with?
Working with Juicy J was exciting, he put out the song on his mixtape Blue Dream and Lean and it got a lot of good response. We had so much fun. when we were in the studio doing the song I was like “oh shit I just wrote my verse, I don’t even remember what I said in the booth” it was crazy.
I’ve been working with a lot of different producers. I did a song with 2 Chainz, a song with Snoop and I’ve got some crazy special guest features I want to put on the album but I can’t speak on it yet.