Blac Chyna Gets Serious About Her New Career as a Rapper
Blac Chyna has earned her stripes as a renaissance woman.
The 29-year-old has gone from strip club dancer to entrepreneur, all while being a tabloid staple and mother of two children, King, 5; and Dream, 1. She's proven her success as a business owner with Lashed, a full-service salon and cosmetics line in Encino, Calif., but there's more to her story.
Reality TV has afforded her the luxury of becoming a mainstream commodity—soccer moms know all about her link to the Kardashians—while music videos from some of your favorite rappers have given her face time and clout in the rap world—from appearing in her ex-fiancé Tyga's "Rack City" video to her gig as a body double for Nicki Minaj in Kanye West's visual for "Monster." She's even been name-dropped in songs by Drake, 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj, to name a few. Now, with her feet already planted in the game, Chyna looks forward to the next phase of her career.
Three months ago, talk of Blac Chyna transitioning into the music industry as an artist—no longer the video vixen she once was—grew increasingly louder. Last week, a snippet of a song she recorded leaked online. "Pop that pussy like a pistol, yeah," she delivers over a trap-inspired, Mally Mall-produced track. While the unfinished song wasn't supposed to see the light of day, the Virginia native is here to confirm what was once considered a rumor; she's serious about her rap career.
"What even made me start to think about this venture is like, hey, I'm already in the industry and I done kinda reached the highest of the things I was doing," Blac Chyna tells XXL inside her home in Los Angeles. "I'm an entrepreneur, I have a shop, I have Lashed, I have 88 Fin, I done did the TV scene. I done did all that so it's like, hey, Chyna, what's your next big thing?
"I told myself it's either two ways you could go with this. You either go music or you could do acting. And I'm like, uh, music. Hello! I'm already around it and most of the people I already know them anyway, so, it should be really easy for me. I feel like if I do need help or if I need mentoring I could call my friends like French [Montana] and Nicki [Minaj] or just whoever for advice and whatnot. I feel like it's the right way to go."
Chyna is tight-lipped about the producers and collaborations she's already locked down in the studio, but does reveal she's been busy in the booth recording. Don't expect her music to be littered with hardcore material; according to her, it's all about a vibe that will feature her both singing and rapping. "I just wanna blow they socks off," she states. With names like Jennifer Lopez, Spice Girls and Linkin Park as early influences growing up and JAY-Z, DMX, Drake and Lil Wayne as the rappers she's been listening to for years, her first official song could go in any direction.
"I want to make music that reflects me and what's going on at that present time," Blac Chyna shares. "You know, It's kinda like a movie how I'm looking at it. So, if this is happening right now I want to speak on it right then and there, you know? But at the same time, I still want it to be timeless to where as though, not like telling my whole business, but if I'm going through something the same person is probably going through the same thing. So, I want them to feel like, 'Damn, if she's going through this and I'm going through this it's not that bad.'"
She aims to release her first song before 2017 comes to a close and hopes to get in the studio with Rihanna, Migos, French Montana, Trey Songz and Gwen Stefani in the future. Labels are already calling. Chyna's decision to sign with a record label or stay independent is weighing on her, but there's no rush to sign the dotted line right now. Behind her captivating smile, it's apparent this business savvy risk-taker has got something else on her mind.
"My fears going into this are for people not to take me serious," she admits. "Of course people are gonna talk—good, bad, whatnot. I would just like to say to anybody that is for or against [my rap career], just keep an open eye, an open heart and an open ear."
Watch Blac Chyna discuss her new career as a rapper with XXL in the video above.
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