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Slidin’ Thru: Kodie Shane

November 9, 2018

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

Kodie Shane is truly a superstar in her own lane. Being the only female on Lil Yachty’s Sailing Team, the Atlanta native is much like her big bro: fun, turnt, and very much about the music. At only 20 years old, the “Sad” rapper has already gained a cult following through staying 100% true to herself. Read more…

Her sound can be described as a mix of rap, rock, and R&B, while adding her own unique touch to this generation’s wave of melodic rap. With many successful mixtapes and EPs in the past, it’s her forthcoming debut titled Young Heartthrob which she deems her best work yet. In fact, she’s been working on it damn near her whole life.

For those who don’t know, who is Kodie Shane?
Kodie Shane is an R&B rockstar.

Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop and R&B?
I fit right in the middle. A healthy mix of both. [laughs]

You’re from Atlanta, how does that play into your life and career?
Atlanta has done so much for me when it comes to who I am, who I’m becoming, and embracing my music. If I wasn’t for Atlanta, I would not be the exact same person I am today. I love Atlanta, shout out to Atlanta.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
Always. If you want to keep moving and you want to really be in the right spaces — doing the right moves, doing the right shit — then you got to come to LA. You go to come to LA to play baby!

You just turned 20, what did you do for your birthday?
It’s lit! I honestly didn’t do much for my birthday. I was chillin’. I brung it in very chill, but it’s still my fucking birthday. My album drops November 9th. I’m having an album release party in Atlanta and another one in New York.

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
I’ve always known entertaining in general was for me, and what I would end up doing. But when I really knew music was it I was like 15, so 5 years ago. I kind of just wrote my first rap and shit, and I just knew from there.

What was the inspiration in keeping your real name?
Well at first, my name was the Don Baby. But when we were going to make it my name officially, we couldn’t do it, so we changed it to my real name. I think it was some problem with copyrighting, I don’t even know. But I’m happy we changed it to my real name, because I can’t get tired of my real name.

“Sad” with Lil Yachty is at over 8.7 million views.
It’s over 12 million in total.

Did you foresee it blowing up like this?
Nah, I always knew it was special though. That’s why I really wanted Yachty on it. When I first did it, I knew it was special. I’m excited that it’s going crazy. In like 5 years, it’ll be Platinum.

Can you bring us back to that studio sesh?
Honesty, the song was already done. When I first met Lil Yachty, we were going to do a song and I just really wanted him on the record. Once I played it for him, he really liked it. It was lit.

Talk about your relationship with Yachty.
That’s my big brother. He will always be my big brother. He’s done so much for me. He took me on my first real tour. That’s my boy, shout out to Lil Yachty. Lil Boat!

What’s the best piece of advice Yachty has given you?
Always know what’s going on. When it comes to what’s going on around you and shit, just always be in tune.

You just released your single “High Speeds” Talk about the mind state in creating this one.
“High Speeds” is one of my favorite songs off the album, so I’m really excited that it’s out and people get to hear it. I can really relate to that song, so it’s really cool. I think everybody should go listen to it.

What was your mindset in creating it?
I don’t even remember. [laughs] It was probably one of those late nights. That’s when everything fire happens, when it’s late. It just came out the dirt and turned into a flower.

Is it true you never get tired?
“I don’t get tired over here!” [sings]

Reminds me of Kevin Gates.
On God, but I don’t eat booty though. [laughs] Shout out to Kevin Gates, I love Kevin Gates.

What can we expect from your debut album Young Heartthrob?
You can expect one of the realest projects from me. One of the realest projects of 2018 in general. I feel like this album is a chance for me to show people that I’m really about the music. I really love the craft.

What was the creative process and how long did it take you?
I feel like I’ve been working on my album all my life, damn near all of my career. This music is everything. I put in so much into this music. I put in a lot.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
As long as they get something, I don’t really care. As long as they can feel something, as long as the music touches their soul in some type of way. Because a lot of music nowadays don’t really make you feel nothing. As long as it could make you feel something, I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to do.

I was watching the “Sing To Her” video. Talk about bringing your records to life and what goes into your visuals.
We really just wanted to keep it creative. Missy Elliott was the inspiration for that, to keep it on a creative vibe. It really came out perfect, so that was lit. I love the “Sing To Her” video. Everybody should go check that out.

Talk about being open with your sexuality and how you’re a role model to other women.
I think it’s crazy because I talk to a lot of my fans and they’re like, “You’re such an inspiration for me,” and all of this. I think it’s really awesome. Right now, it’s more of a time than ever to be 100% yourself and live your truth. Don’t let nobody make you feel like being you is not okay. Period.

Talk about your journey with Epic Records. What is your take on the music industry?
The music industry is crazy. [pause] This shit gets more and more crazy every day. For me, I feel like I really love the music. That’s what makes me deal with the industry. That’s all I can say. [laughs]

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
Right now, I just want to keep making my music and put my music out there. That’s it. Just keep being able to make my music, do some tours, and go crazy. And I want to do Made In America again!

What did you do with your first advance?
I went and bought a bunch of Burberry shit. I like Burberry. I used to really like it, so I went and bought a bunch of Burberry shit, and my first pair of Margielas.

How important is social media for your career?
Social media damn near… it is your career. You could be the best rapper ever and put on the best show in the world, but if you don’t have over at least 100K followers or a 1M, then you’re not going to get booked as much as the next guy. Somebody could have the worst music ever but have 2M followers, and they get booked all day every day. $15 to 20K bands a show, and they suck. It’s sad to me, but hopefully everything goes full circle.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Wake up, brush my teeth, then smoke a Backwood. Probably play some Spiderman because that’s what I’m into right now. Then probably get into the studio and record. Repeat.

How’s that Atlanta weed compared to Cali?
Atlanta weed is cool. You can find some cool weed if you know the right people. Cali weed is the shit though. I be too high in Cali.

3 things you need in the studio?
Some marijuana. I ain’t gonna lie to you, I don’t need much. When I’m hungry, I need some food. And some hot tea.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I’d probably be like Dr. Miami, and give girls new tits and stuff. I’m just kidding, I would probably suck at that. [laughs] I don’t know, no idea bro. A struggling artist with a guitar.

You play guitar?
No, but I’d probably know how.

Did you finish school?
I didn’t finish school. Shout to schools though. Fuck school, but stay in school. School’s not for everybody. I made a sacrifice for my career.

Did you ever have part-time jobs?
Nah, I’ve never had a job, but I’ve made over a $100K in my life. More than that. Never had a job though.

Favorite song to perform in a set?
My new song called “In Like That.” That’s probably one of my favorites, it’s on my album. I’m using a band now, so every song is my favorite. The band is just ridiculous.

How was your set today at ComplexCon?
It was amazing. It was exhilarating. It was really fun. I had the band with me, just going crazy. Just rocking out, it was lit.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
Earlier today, this girl was like, “Write your signature right here and I’m going to get it tatted on me.” So I did it. I was like, “Nice to meet you,” we took a picture, I hugged her. Then when I walked away, she said “AHHHHH!” She started screaming loud as fuck. It was lit. I wrote that K the best I ever written a K.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Frank Ocean.

Dream collab?
Frank Ocean.

What advice do you have for an aspiring Kodie Shane?
Stay humble and sweet. Don’t let nobody knock your dreams, just keep going. Keep your feet on the ground. Keep your head held high.

Anything else you want to let us know?
Young Heartthrob the album November 9th, bitch!

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