Keyshia Cole Talks 'Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood,' Trying to Dodge Ballads: Interview
After signing with Epic Records earlier this year and releasing the poignant track "You" featuring Remy Ma and French Montana, Keyshia Cole is back with a new role as a cast member in Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, airing Monday night (July 24) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
In the supertrailer for the show, viewers find out that Cole is still living with her ex, Daniel "Boobie" Gibson, all while juggling the responsibilities as a mother and gearing up for a new album and return to the stage.
Recently on E!'s Daily Pop, Cole explained that the decision to stay with Gibson after the end of the relationship stemmed from wanting to give her son the chance to have both parents under one roof as well as support Gibson while he gets on his feet financially. She notes, "I want DJ to have everything I didn't."
Cole talked to Billboard about her role in the show, her new music and more. First and foremost, she made it clear that she needs to "make a decision on the new single and make it fast."
What made you decide to be on Love & Hip Hop?
Well, it's a great platform for one to expand your reach. I was going to go for my own show, but time frame was very slim. And Mona and I had a few conversations, and we made it happen.
How did you adjust to being back on camera?
It's half the work. I was happy. One scene a day or maybe two at the max. It would be maybe shooting for an hour and then that's it. It takes me more to put my clothes on, makeup and stuff than that [laughs].
With this show in particular, what will viewers learn about you that they don't already know?
Let's just let them figure it out. Let's let them see it. Let them watch.
Is there part of the show where you said, "OK, I'm not going to film this"?
A few times actually. I'm not very open in many ways. I got standards and a few things I'm trying to get accomplished. We have horse blinders. And that's neither here nor there because we have it exactly the way we need it. I'm just happy to be a part of it. It's a really good experience for me at the moment and a great platform.
When can we expect to hear new material from you?
I have everything I need except something with a little rhythm. I'm trying to fight the ballads at the moment because I just feel like it's the summer. I'm not ready to slow it down. I want to dance and shake my derriere.
Definitely. Are there any producers in particular you'd like to work with for this project?
Besides doing this reality show, working on your new album, are there any other ventures you're working on that you want to talk about?
Well, this is the first time I get my imprint with a major, and I think I had the discussion with Billboard last time about having my masters and owning my masters. It's one of the major accomplishments I had to get with this album. I do want another shoe line, but not sure with who, but soon come for that for sure. Maybe start a clothing line for my son, too. I've been pondering that for a little while.
With the label imprint you have, are you looking to sign anyone anytime soon?
Oh yeah, I would love to sign a girl in the hood -- a singer or a rapper.
This person you're looking to find, would it be an open casting call or industry referrals?
It could be both. We spoke about doing some stuff on the show like that, so it's definitely in the making.
Is there anything else you want to share or talk about?
I love my fans, and I'm thankful. I appreciate everybody, and I'm excited for them to see the new journey because it's nonstop.
Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat. I hope you find an uptempo song!
Your mouth, God's ears.