Hmmm…when did I first hear Kissi B Tru sing? I think about 5 years ago when she sang at Empowerment Temple. I didn’t know her but I remembered her face since then.
The next time I saw her sing was when she performed a few times at a few functions around town, then at my Valentine’s event some years back. If I couldn’t remember where I could definitely remember her voice! Lawd!
Her smile! Her poise! Her heart SINGS LOVE! She’s amazing! Have you ever heard Kissi B Tru SANG? Chile’ please! GOD knew EXACTLY what He was doing when he put the finishing touches on Ms. Kissi B!
So when I started ThisRadioChickRocks, I knew I needed to add her to my roster of one on one interviews. So here you go! But since she’s an artist, I have to introduce her to you first! (clears throat)
Introducing the beautifully, talented, the marvelously made, the angel with the angelic yet powerful voice, Baltimore (and the rest of the country), show your love for Ms. Kissi B!!!! (insert crazy audience sound efx):
Where are you from?
I am a proud Native Baltimorean!!!
How long have you been singing?
I remember not being able to climb onto the bed without assistance. I also remember singing while trying to do so. It feels like forever, so iI’ll go with that.
What genre of music do you really like to listen to the most and why?
I love music with a message, you know, the art of storytelling. I like to be able to follow along in my mind. There isn’t a particular genre that corners the market on that, but good hip hop lyrics tend to take me on the most intricate journeys. Soul Music, on the other hand, takes me on an emotional journey. Theres nothing like hearing a song that talks about something you went through personally, where the writer conveyed your exact sentiments about the situation. I love emotionally rich songs, they can be therapeutic and healing for the listener.
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to)
My LET IT GO song right now is Higher Self by Cocaine 80’s it absolutely makes me fall in love over and over again.
You’ve worked with lots of singers, song writers, producers in your career. Was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable experience where it went terribly wrong? Describe.
I have had several experiences where things went absolutely craazzyyy!!!! Most of which I will never share having learned a very valuable lesson from Beyonce on that elevator. However, I will say that I was once accused of being sent to destroy someones career because I accidentally stumbled on HIS makeup stash… I was put out on the street, states away from home with no money, no phone, and no plan. Needless to say I made it home. *disclaimer I didn’t care about him wearing makeup I don’t judge…
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why?
My all-time favorite celebrity moment was when I met my former husband TANK and he sang SEX LOVE & PAIN in my ear in a crowded club… that’s all I’ll say about that one lol
What’s the biggest misconception about Kissi B?
The biggest misconception about me is that I’m A B*+$#. If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times “So &So said you were a ____ But you seems so cool tho.” It makes me giggle every time because I know what inspires those types of opinions about me. I do get it. However, its not a fault to outshine those who don’t bother to turn their own lights on.
What genre of music would you say doesn’t get the most credit?
I don’t know what genre doesn’t get the most credit but I do know my music doesn’t get enough. Play my tunes Ki Ki!!!! lol…. no seriously though play “STACKS” on the air please and thanx haaaa…
What are your thoughts about independent artists and nationally recognized artists?
The Indie vs Major Artist debate will go on forever. In my opinion both sides have their value. As an Indie artist, freedom over the creative process is paramount. I can say what I want, how I want. Whether or not it fits the format of typical commercial radio songs is of no matter to me. I get to make the music my soul wants to make rather than struggle to make music that will bring in the big bucks. However, I also wish I had the team, budget, contacts, and PR that comes along with being a major artist. I don’t want to give up creative control, nor do I want to water down my art to make it palatable for the masses. It’s a catch 22. But I have no worries, as I’m certain things will work out so that I can have my cake and eat it too.
Do programs like YouTube, and Spotify give artists a bad name or a greater advantage of being recognized?
I think any outlet that helps an artist get their music in front of people they would otherwise never meet is an amazing thing! Youtube, SoundCloud, Pandora and Bandcamp are great outlets that I utilize myself. I released a song on SoundCloud last week that circled the globe in a matter of hours. I even received a call from a dude in Portugal the next day that I’m now working on a few tunes with. Im super grateful for all the different ways I can connect with people.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
The best advice I received was from one of my best friends, she told me I hid too much of myself from those who needed to see me and that I had to give people ME, not the Me I thought I should be, or the Me everyone expected me to be, just ME. I didn’t fully understand her words that day but they never left me. While writing the Album I’m currently working on, I realized I didn’t want to hide anymore. Im writing about my real life. My actual business in these small Baltimore streets lol. That may not mean much to some but to me its major as I was an extremely private person. People will get all of who I was, who I am right now, and a glimpse of who I’m growing to be.
What’s the biggest misconception about women in this industry?
I can’t speak for women in the industry specifically, as I don’t know many, but as for women in general, I think we are grossly undervalued across the board, but hey that’s not news. All we can do is keep working just as hard and most times harder than the boys.
Where do you see urban music in the next 10-15 years?
I expect that music will evolve in a beautiful way, as it always does. I hope that my music causes writers to want to write better, singers to sing better, lyricists to spit better so that in 10 -15 years music will still be worth listening to.
What do you think is wrong, if you do, with hip hop and R&B?
I don’t think anything is wrong with hip hop or R&B. I think the issue is more about those making the money off of the artists in both genres. Those who couldn’t care less about how long a writer sat with the concept before writing the multi platinum hit. Or how many takes it took the artist to get the part just right so that you get chills down your spine while listening. Its almost as if Music isn’t marketable unless the T&A to message ratio is 10:1.
Who’s in your iPod/radar?
That New Kissi B is bumpin’ everyday all day. Im listening for anything to add or change before putting it out for the world to hear. Aside from meeeee, Im listening to Cocaine 80’s, Yo Gotti, Ty $Sign, and Big Sean.
What song makes you smile, cry, press repeat? (kind of like the LET IT GO song but different)
Mona Lisa by Jasmine Sullivan has to be the #1 song on repeat these days. It speaks about a woman finally recognizing she is a masterpiece. That her ins and outs, her ups and downs, flaws and quirks are all part of a magnificent work of art. I cried the first few times through, but I soon became empowered as I embraced the wonderful fact that I too am a Masterpiece.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I would like to be known as an Artist who gave it all at every show. I’d love for people to know that I was committed to raising the vibrations of my people, and that I spread the message of love with every song and show.
Biggest regret is….
My biggest regret is dimming my light for so long.
If you could bring back a trend/dance/saying/song from the 80’s or 90’s what would it be and why?
I would bring back Guess tennis skirts and short sets .. everybody used to love short sets…lol
How can people reach out to you?
I can be reached directly on IG and also any of the other the others way below…
IG / Twitter @kissibbaby
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