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Slidin’ Thru: La’Britney

September 5, 2018

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

La’Britney is here to prove she can spit up to par with the rest of the dope female MCs in the rap game. Hailing from Detroit but calling Los Angeles her new home, real name La’Britney Franklin knew early on she wanted to be an entertainer. Teaching herself how to sing and dance through watching music videos from Aaliyah and Destiny’s Child, it wasn’t long before she started to gain a buzzing fan base of her own. Read more…

With her own LaMix videos doing crazy numbers on YouTube, La’Britney was able to channel her true passion of creating music and focus on herself as a recording artist above all else. With songs like “Actin Funny” featuring Kash Doll and “FWU,” she proves she can tastefully express her thoughts and feelings in true boss bitch fashion.

For those who don’t know, who is La’Britney?
I’m a singer, songwriter, and dancer from Detroit, Michigan — pretty much, that bitch! I just recently moved to LA to further pursue my music career. I’m also on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, so I’ve been working a lot this year. I’m really excited to see what the near future holds.

Where do you fit in the realm of R&B & hip-hop?
I fit right there on the fine line right in the middle of hip-hop and R&B. I sing, but I also talk my shit too. I talk about my life in my music, things that I’ve gone through. I speak about my family, friends, past relationships, people I love, people I hate. Really, that’s what hip-hop and R&B are both about. It’s music that evokes emotion and relatable content.

How does Detroit play into your life and career?
I started in Detroit: doing my first shows, writing my first songs, recording in the studio for the first time. It inspired me to really go after what I want and to grind. Detroit is a lot different from LA. There’s not as much opportunity, but there is a lot of talent there. Being that we do lack the opportunity, we have to work our asses off. We don’t have labels down the street we can just walk into. We don’t have people shooting movies around the corner. In Detroit, it breathes hustlers. Detroit taught me to work my ass off to get what I want.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It was important for me because I wanted to go from being a local Detroit artist to being a worldwide artist. Los Angeles holds opportunity for me to be able to take my career to the next level. LA people have been fuckin’ with me. I’ve been traveling back and forth from Detroit to LA for about 5 years now, so I’m new to here, but I’m not really new to the streets. I’m well-connected. I used to do the social media videos with King Bach and DeStorm. Most of my music I’ve recorded here. A lot of my music videos I’ve shot here.

What’s your favorite part of the city?
Personally, I love good weather. I love the ocean and the mountains.

What part are you staying at?
I stay in North Hollywood, by all the work action. I love LA. A lot of people think my name is LA Britney, but it’s not. [laughs]

How’d you get your name?
My momma. [laughs]

You’ve done LNHH, the social media thing, at what point did you realize this music thing was for real?
I’ve always been into performing arts since I was a little girl. I’ve always loved to sing, dance, and perform. It’s natural for me to do music. I started pursuing it professionally when I was 18 years old. Right out of high school, I was in a girl group and that’s when I realized this shit was real. It went from me doing it in my spare time to it being what I eat, breathe, sleep.

From morning to night, I was rehearsing, traveling, and doing shows. My best friends and I all work together. They manage me, make my clothes, do my makeup. We all ride together and we’re all from the same place. We turned all of our passions and talents into a business together, which is really dope.

I was listening to your song, “FWU.” You say, “From LA to the Bay, they know my name.” I’m from the Bay, so I was geeked.
I fuck with the Bay! The Bay fucks with Detroit a lot too. A lot of times, Detroit artists’ music blows up in the Bay area first. When artists out of Detroit come to Cali, they do shows in the Bay first. Bay area and Detroit hip-hop music is a lot alike. It has the same vibe.

Talk about linking with Kash Doll on “Actin Funny.”
Kash, that’s my dawg! We have so much fun together. I really believe in her and she really believes in me. We support each other as women. It’s not really common coming from Detroit, women don’t really support each other like that. It’s like crabs in a barrel-type bitches, like she said in the song. It’s really dope to have somebody like Kash Doll, another woman from where I’m from in the same industry. We can talk about the same things we’re going through because we can both relate. I love Kash Doll.

You put out an EP called Who Is La’Britney, what do you want fans to get from your story?
I just want fans to realize that we can literally turn nothing into something, as long as we believe in ourselves, make a plan, and fucking stick to it. Really, that’s what my music is about. It talks about where I come from. I’m a mother. I was a mother since I was fourteen years old. My hustle has been a lot different than the average female R&B singer. I don’t only do this for me, I do this for my children too. I have people literally counting on me to make it.

In my music, I talk about this. I talk about not giving up, staying faithful, believing in yourself. I talk about not letting anyone fuck you over. And if they do, we aint fuckin’ with you. I talk about the people who act funny when they see you winning and living your best life.

Talk about your performance at #TheBasement tonight and what that means.
I’m so excited to be here! Shout out to Ericka, The Basement, and Triller for having me here. This is my first time doing an event like this. I just want the crowd to really hear me talk to them, because I’m pretty sure somebody in the audience will relate to exactly what I’m saying when I’m singing both “Acting Funny” and “FWU.”

What is your take on the music industry?
I love the music industry. I feel like right now, it’s at a place where people are showing a true form of self-expression. People are wearing what they want to wear. Guys are wearing all these crazy colors and prints, not caring what the world thinks of them. Women, like myself, are talking a little more raw in our music without being looked down on, like, “Oh, you’re not ladylike.” I really love the music today. I feel the music industry now is turning into a world where us artists don’t have to hide. We don’t have to pretend to be something or someone else. We can just be ourselves and the world is accepting us for that. The internet helps with that too. [laughs]

You have support from Ashanti to Christina Milian. How important are co-signs in the game?
Co-signs are cool, but they don’t make you or break you. I think a lot of times, artists get stressed out and stop believing in themselves because other people aren’t co-signing them. Just because you don’t have people co-signing you, doesn’t mean you aren’t talented. Eventually, people will see your talent and it’ll speak for itself, and they’ll believe in what you do.

But to have people co-sign you is a good feeling, especially people like Ashanti. I love her. I’ve danced in her music videos. I’ve done shows for her. She’s another woman who’s been very successful in the music industry and for her to recognize my talent, it means a lot to me.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
It depends if I’m in Detroit or LA. I live almost two different lives. In LA, I wake up to get my cake up. If I’m filming for the show, I’m in glam sometimes at 7am. We go from glam to set where we film sometimes between 4 to 8 hours. It really depends what we’re shooting that day. Later on at night, I might have a studio session, so I go right from set to the studio. Then the next day, I wake up at 5am ‘cause I have to talk to my family who’s back on the East Coast.

Every day?
Every day. I’m waking up to talk to my sons especially before they go to school. It’s important. My life here is boring, it’s just work. My life in Detroit is more lit.

3 things you need in the studio?
Water, my weed, and some Now & Laters.

How’s that Cali weed though?
Oh, I fuck with Cali weed. When I leave here and smoke weed in Detroit, it be different.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
One time I was in Burlington Coat Factory and this girl came up to me literally crying. She was pouring her heart out to me about how much I inspire and motivate her. I couldn’t believe that someone was crying. I couldn’t get past that. I’m like, “No, don’t cry! I’m just La’Britney!”

That’s what it’s all for, those moments.
Yeah, moments like that. Even when I do get down, stressed out, or feel things are moving slow, I remember the people who are die hard La’Britney fans. You gotta keep going for those people.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Drake, as of lately. I listen to a lot of Beyonce, Jhene Aiko, Lil Baby. The song I’ve been listening to a lot lately is Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams.” That’s my favorite song right now.

Dream collab?
I’ve always wanted to do a song and music video with Chris Brown. Because I dance, he dances. I sing, he sings. I rap, he raps. I feel like we’re a triple threat. Triple threats together, we’d be sextuplet threats. That would just be nuts! The energy with me and Chris Brown would be pretty amazing.

What advice do you have for an aspiring La’Britney?
Any advice I would give is honestly to stay true to yourself. You gotta stay true to who you are through anything that you go through. Sometimes, things we go through will change you. The world may look at you a certain way and you can’t let that discourage you. You can’t let it change who you are, what you believe in, what it is that you want. You’ve got to stay true to you and believe in yourself. Keep God first.

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