In anticipation of K.Michelle’s debut album Rebellious Soul dropping tomorrow, we recently sat down with Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s in-house singer to discuss her journey transitioning into music. As you’ll see in the clip above, K. discusses highly personal topics, exposing vulnerabilities that have contributed to her songwriting.
In case you didn’t know, VH1 is exclusively streaming Rebellious Soul through tomorrow night at 11:59, so for those of you who might be quick to right off the reality TV star’s endeavor, the record is yours (below) to take out on a test drive. The music speaks for itself, and so does K.: In our exclusive interview, the Memphis-bred talent revealed everything from what she’s gotten out of working with mentor R. Kelly and the importance of her album’s sequencing and secret interludes, to why she keeps her son out of the spotlight and her experience getting high on THC-infused edibles while crafting song lyrics for “Ride Out.” She’s most definitely a character, and hearing the stories behind some of her songs only makes the music even more enjoyable. That’s a promise.
If you like what you hear in the VH1 exclusive album stream above, go ahead and buy Rebellious Soul on iTunes, and don’t miss your girl on part two of the Love and Hip Hop Atlanta reunion, airing tonight at 8p EST.
In the meantime: keep reading to see K.Michelle sound off and go into detail about men, fame, and crafting her debut album under the spotlight of reality TV.
On Secret Interludes and Sequencing Her Album To Flow
“They’re not listed within the track-listing, but there are interludes… I have two very different type interludes: one’s very funny, it’s called ’Coochie Symphony.'”
On Sex And The Real Meaning Behind “Pay By Bills”
“Everybody thinks the R. Kelly wrote it, and I’m like ’no, I wrote that record.'”
On Her Relationship With Her Son and “A Mother’s Prayer”
“With teaming with VH1 to do my own show, you’ll see much more of Chase. I just didn’t feel like Love and Hip Hop was the platform for children.”
On ’Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ Helping Her Music Career
“No one in reality [TV] has really done this. There are two women now that are really doing it, and it’s me and Tamar [Braxton].”
On Naming Her Album And Crafting Songs
“I don’t take tracks. They build them from scratch with me.”
On No-Good Men And Creating “Ride Out” While High”
“That record, I was high. I don’t do no serious drugs, but I ate a piece of caramel and I just started touching myself!”
On “My Life,” “Damn,” And The Struggles People Go Through
“I honestly feel like I have two musical soul mates and I would say that’s R. Kelly, my mentor, and this new-found love I have for Eric Hudson.”
On “I Don’t Like Me” And Being Taken Advantage Of
“I’m honest. I’ve dated someone and they had sex with me and they never called me again, and I think that’s the most demeaning and degrading feeling, you know, to give your temple to someone and they just don’t care.”