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You mention media and other artists, but nowadays, it's the general public who can cast the most judgment. Through Twitter, anyone can send hateful messages to you from their phone with the press of a send button.
When I say media, I also mean music blogs written by people who aren't qualified to make opinions on music as well. It sucks that that gets tied in with official things like Complex and LA Weekly and stuff. Things that have had this history of researching and doing things right and then you have some asshole who has a blog that might be a little bit popular making these opinions just so he can run ads on it. It sucks.
It's interesting to hear you say that, because some people might say the same thing of you, that just because you have access to a laptop and can make beats in FruityLoops or whatever doesn't give you the right to rap. Technology today allows access for everyone to do everything, and it's surprising to hear someone who's grown up in a generation that believes having a public platform validates your opinions say, essentially, "These blogs aren't valid" or that people aren't qualified.
You gotta understand. My mom's in music. I had a mic in my hand at the age of two. My love for music and my passion and me being involved in music goes back to my first vinyl appearance in 1995. Me and my homegirl were making beats on my mom's computer at 10-years-old, printed out mixtapes and handed them out to our friends just for fun. I never made music with the intention to make money in my life. I never sold a song. I'd never been paid for a verse. None of that. I do what I do for the love of music. That's why sometimes it's hard, because when you get into this position people think these weird things about you. I'm never mad at anybody. I did blow up off of "Gucci Gucci." That was the main thing. But my love and history of music goes way far back. And I think that is kinda like the difference between people who just come and go. I know girls who will say, "Oh, I just started rapping five months ago cuz my friends told me I should rap because it would be cool." That's not cool. But if you have love for music, I think that's what makes a good musician and a lasting musician.
Someone like you, who has a half a million Twitter followers, probably can't keep up with all the tweets sent your way, good or bad. Do you try?
I used to be so bad with my Twitter, always paying attention. Always reading. I'm alert. I'm always watching. I'm always watching everything that happens. So for a while, I had an issue, just always being down on myself, reading these things. Then I learned how to only read the good things. After I kinda took a break from Twitter, even though that sounds super stupid, I took a break from Twitter and I kinda, like, forgot how to tweet. I forgot how to pay attention to specific things. That's helped me a lot. Now, I don't know if people notice, I don't tweet as much as I used to. I keep everything really about stuff I want people to know, thanking my fans. You can't read all that shit. People are crazy. It's so easy to say something fucked up. The new thing though is Instagram. You post a picture on Instagram and a million people comment, and someone calls you ugly or someone says you suck. That hurts.
What's the craziest, shittiest @ you've ever gotten? Any stand out?Anything with the word rape in it is just too vile. People will be like, "I'm going to come to your show and RAPE YOU IN THE ASS!" I've definitely read that before, and crazy shit like that.
OH MY GOD! Sorry we asked. That's probably a terrible note to end on, but ... thanks for talking to us, Kreayshawn.