Fresh off of achieving viral success with her single "Gucci Gucci" and inking a deal with Columbia Records, oddball rapper Kreayshawn has taken time away from tending to her own rising career to help one of her idols, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, kick off their comeback with the music video for "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie."
Kreayshawn, a former film student at Berkeley Digital Film School, signed on to direct the clip for the rock group's latest single after submitting a treatment for the song a month ago. The rapper/director tells Billboard.com that she is currently working on editing the video, which she says will return the band to its roots.
"I wanted to keep it 90s-era based, like an underground feel to it," says Kreayshawn. "[The song] really has that sound that just takes you back. It's cool because they got to take a break, and I feel like it's important for any artist to take a break and regroup. And for them to come out and still have the same type of vibe and same type of sound, I really like that."
Although Kreayshawn admits to being "super nervous" before shooting began on the video, she says that the Chili Peppers' positivity and relaxed attitude helped put her at ease. "They were really chill and cool to work with, because they've done this a million times before," she says. "They're an iconic band… Anthony [Kiedis] is still as hot as ever, Flea is still crazy as ever. It was definitely exciting."
Last month, Kreayshawn followed the video for "Gucci Gucci," which has 5.8 million YouTube views since premiering last May, with the single "Rich Whores," another track that takes aim at materialistic women. The rapper says that she's trying to focus on finishing her debut album, but doing press and performing live -- she'll next be at New York's Highline Ballroom on Aug. 18 -- have kept her sidetracked.
"'Gucci Gucci' wasn't one song that just came out of nowhere. There's a whole bunch of songs," she says. "We have a lot of stuff and a lot of songs, and we're just waiting for the right time to get everything collected together and put it all out."
In the meantime, fans of "Gucci Gucci" can hear Lil Wayne rapping over the track on his "Sorry 4 the Wait" mixtape, which hit the Web last week. Kreayshawn says she was "very flattered" from the rap giant using her track, and that she first heard about the remixed track from an unlikely source.
"One of the first people who called me and told me about it was my grandpa," says Kreayshawn. "He's like, 'Yeah, Wayne's rapping over your beat. I think he's dissing you! Is Wayne dissing?' And I'm like, 'Oh, what? I gotta hear this.' So I listened to it and I'm like, 'No pop-pop, it's a mixtape!' It's an honor to me… I'm excited that [Wayne] noticed and I'm able to get some of his fans to listen to the original version and they like me too."