In this week’s episode of “You Should Know,” Billboard is finding out a bit more about Kash Doll, as she opens up about when she first began making music, what piece of advice she received from Rihanna that resonated with her, and what inspired her Big Sean collaboration “Ready Set.”
Asked when she first started making music, Kash Doll tells Billboard that she has been making music for as long as she can remember. “All my life I made music in my head. I recreated music with my own lyrics ’cause I didn’t know ’em,” she says with a laugh. “But I always wrote raps and poems coming up in school, so I would like to say all my life,” she continues, adding that she officially started going into the studio in 2013, then began releasing music the following year.
Posed with the question of what the most memorable advice she has ever received has been, Kash Doll replies that it came from Rihanna, who reminded her to always stay focused.
“Obviously she’s been in the game for a long time,” says Kash. “You just gotta remain tunnel vision ’cause sometime you get sidetracked, and you swerve, and you crash. So you gotta just stay focused, pay attention to your own self, ’cause you are living for you, and I always live by that. I found so much peace in that. Thanks, Ri.”
In the interview, Kash Doll also opens up about her track with Big Sean, “Ready Set.” The pair, who both grew up in Detroit, Michigan, teamed up to make a song about being able to make it out.
“It’s not easy at all coming out of Detroit,” she says. “You have to be a certain type of person to make it out…that song is reminding you to stay hungry, stay patient…we made it out the basement. It’s so motivational, and it’s uplifting. I feel like for two big artists that made it out of that situation, that was a well-needed song for our city, let alone the world.”
You can watch the full video interview with Kash Doll above to hear much more — including her rapping a snippet of the very first song she ever wrote.