K. Michelle Says Her Music Comes Before Reality Show Drama
(Photo: Derek Blanks)
By Jon Wiederhorn
She pulled no punches when she squared off with other members of two seasons of the VH1 reality show "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta." But the K. Michelle who greeted Yahoo Music the day before the release of her debut album "Rebellious Soul" didn't want to fight or talk smack.
Whether she discussed her latest single, fielded questions about the reality show that boosted her public profile, or promoted her appearances at women’s shelters, K. Michelle was somewhat guarded and short of words, yet she definitely wasn't lacking in confidence.
"I just do music. That’s why I’m here," she quietly said from an office chair at her New York record label. "I make great music. I don’t care what people think of me. The music is more important to me and the people who can relate to it are the only ones who matter."
Maybe K. Michelle has learned that speaking through her spirited, powerful vocals is more meaningful than raising her voice or throwing hissfyfits on TV. That could all change faster than the weather in the Caribbean, but right now her goal is to get people to listen to "Rebellious Soul," and that's actually not presenting much of a challenge.
The first single, "V.S.O.P." went Top 20 and is still shaking up urban radio and the album has already earned positive reviews from Vibe and the New York Times. "V.S.O.P.," a candid song about being with someone who's seeing someone else, is representative of the dysfunctional characters that abound throughout "Rebellious Soul." K. Michelle said she wrote the songs about real people in her life. "If I have a relationship with someone, I write about them," she told Yahoo.
K. Michelle wouldn't say who "V.S.O.P." is about or directly address the subject matter. "It’s just a soulful record," she explained, evading the question. "It's an amazing record, and it’s doing really well." After a long pause she added a vague description: "It’s about actually being with someone, liking that person and being there for them."
One track on "Rebellious Soul," "Damn," was penned about ex-NFL star Chad OchoCinco Johnson, who K. Michelle dated for a spell and who once bought her a monkey. "It’s about where I was in my life at that time," she said. "It’s not a [mean] song at all."