The 22-year-old singer opened up about rapping on her new album, overcoming her insecurities and more. Check it:
On her breakthrough album and changing direction on “Thank You”: “I didn’t have as much freedom [on the first album] as I did on this one. The last album they loved the bass thing, the 50’s thing was working. [So] the label said ‘Let’s do a whole album like that!’ I did sneak in some urban, some rap songs and I was told to my face, ‘You’re gonna ruin this album’. It’s very hard because everybody has their opinions of what you’re gonna do to ruin your career. So at the end of the day, I just go with my gut.”
On “All About That Bass”: “I wrote that song, and I did not feel that way while writing it. It was more like, ‘I WISH I felt like this’. A lot of my songs were like that, ‘I wish I felt like this’. I was so insecure when I was younger; we would go the grocery store and my mum, and I would see the magazines that on display while you wait to purchase all your food, and I’d be like, ‘Ma is that real? How does she look that perfect?’”
On overcoming her own personal insecurities: “Man, I was at a place before where I didn’t want to take a picture of myself you know? I was just too insecure to think that I was pretty enough to be the artist, or that I could perform live or do photoshoots and now I can’t wait for the next photoshoot so I can Instagram a cool pic!” I Instagrammed a selfie today because I was like dang, I look beautiful!”
On experimenting with rap on tracks such as “No”: “We tried to put more urban into it – and I tried to rap more. I mean I did NOT expect to rap! I was writing songs and one day I thought ‘You know what? I’m just gonna rap on this one’ as a joke, so I tried it and was like, ‘hang on… I can rap! I’m good at this! I have rhythm!’”
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