Everybody’s favorite “garbage pale” kid KE$HA dons an American Flag face paint for V magazine’s ‘Americana Issue’.
Shot by Inez & Vinoodh, the 25-year-old singer/songwriter talks her upbringing, new music and more! Check out the fab spread and excerpts below:
On her upbringing: “My very first memory is when we lived in Van Nuys, running around barefoot. Shortly thereafter we moved to Tennessee, which was a lot of hiking and rope-swinging. I always coveted a Trans-Am, which is now my ride of choice.”
On her place in the world of music: “I do feel like there are the pop stars of the world and then I’m like their dirty little sister, running around with s**t on my face in combat boots because I can’t walk in heels.”
YEP! Quite accurate….
On whether she feels she’s today’s working-class pop star: “I do feel like there is an element of what I’m doing that is about where I come from, which is working-class. I was never the cool kid, I was never hot in high school. I was never popular. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to be rich and you can still be successful.”
On her new album’s sound: “Some people will be shocked. Some will also be excited to know that I don’t just do silly white-girl rap. I’m from the South, I have a lot of soul. But trust me—it’s not going to be some avant-garde jazz record. I innately write pop songs. That’s just what I do.”
On writing her new album: “The first record was all me living in L.A., trying to pay my rent, have a really good time, and look good on nothing. But ever since then I’ve seen how many people my music can reach, and I’ve realized that I have somewhat of a social responsibility to make sure everything I say is positive. The underlying theme of this next record is warrior, with the positive message being that everyone has a warrior inside.”
LISTEN. I give KE$HA a hard way to go (for OBVIOUS reasons), but one thing that can NOT be denied is how she can make you shake your azz in the club! Am I lying?!?!?
I’m quite excited about the new album….HURRY!
Images: Inez & Vinoodh for V Magazine