Interview with Performing Artist / Kristen B | Edition XI

Describe your sound as if we were deaf
Allow me to reintroduce myself… Welcome to my World…It’s Kristen B…
It’s Raw…It’s Street…It’s me.. When you hear me, you hear the raspyness, the realness and emotion. I don’t really like to many effects on my vocals bc I want people to hear that. It’s my life and it’s REAL..

What is distinctive about your sound?
I’m a fan first so I have a quite a few people that inspire me. Jay-Z, Nas, Notorious BIG, Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, YoYo, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Stack Bundles, Beyonce, Keri Hilson, Kanye West, Neyo, Mary J. Blidge, Swizz Beats, Dr. Dre, Timbaland and I could go on and on. Each one of these artists make you feel as if you are in their shoes. You can hear the pain, hunger and struggle. I love the feeling I get when listening or watching them perform.

What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
Ummmm.. I’m working on completing a dvd of my life as we speak so I’m SUPER EXCITED..This maybe my favorite project to date.. OWWWWW!! lol..

Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
You will never believe that I woke up one morning and said “I wanted to rap”. I did not understand why I wanted to. I’ve been inspired by music all my life but was never driven to become an artist.. Life is AMAZING. So about a month 1/2 later I lost a good friend and thats what ultimately pushed to me to go HARD!!! There’s nothing that will hold me back now!! Can’t stop Won’t stop!! :)

What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I would love to work with all of the above artists that inspire me. I would like to work with Eve, Rihanna, Lincoln Park and Ludacris. It’s so many. I appreciate GOOD music!!

Who are some people you would like to work with?
I feel like the Internet is so impersonal. People no longer feel the need to go out and hustle!! Like sell cd’s out their trunks or hand to hand. I feel as if you still need to be in the streets and connect with people so they can feel “YOU”. I’m over these social networks but this is what everyone has adapted to.

Do you think what your doing is important?
What I’m doing is important to me!! I’m very passionate about what I do and it’s deeper than rap. Deeper than my looks.. I have a story to tell and I know people will relate. I want the world to know that you can overcome anything and you can do anything you want in life. Please don’t take anything for granted and don’t waste time. Time is something you can never get back..I guess you can say “YES”. I do feel what I’m doing is important.

What does the future whole to you?
Acting, modeling, my own clothing line, dance studio and whatever else I can get my hands on. Opportunity is the only thing in life that’s free, so I will take advantage of everything presented my way..