We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Rap Artist…K’Valentine!!! K’Valentine is not just an ordinary rap artist, she’s definitely a true lyricist that even Talib Kweli recognized and give props to. K’Valentine is one of very few artists who has made a Chiraq Remix but in a very different matter, that lead to her being featured in the Sun-Times Newspaper for being involved in a Stop The Violence movement, #AntiChiraq. Let’s get to know K’Valentine:
3 Voices: Introduce yourself to the world. Let the people know who K’Valentine is and what K’Valentine does.
K’Valentine: Hello World! I’m K’Valentine, a young lady from Chicago with a message that I must convey via Hip Hop. I am a Hip Hop Artist and a writer of all music. I write Hip Hop, R&B, Country and Pop music and also poetry.
3 Voices: What inspired you to become a rap artist? Who are some artists that influenced your music career?
K’Valentine: Well, I actually began writing poetry when I was really little, most of the time when I was angry or pissed off. If my mom put me on punishment…I wrote a poem about her lol. If I had a crush on a little boy…wrote a poem about him. If I had a crush on a little boy and he didn’t like me back…I wrote a poem about him and the girl that he did like lol. That’s pretty much what inspired me to write, emotions and personal experiences. From there, I began to notice my poems transitioning into songs and that’s where the rapping came in.
Some of the artist that had the biggest influence on me were Drake, Tupac, Eminem, Nas, Jay, Wayne, Lauryn Hill, and countless others.
3 Voices: Like many Chicago artists, you decided to make a “Chi-Raq” single but yours were a little different from others. Talib Kweli has talked about it on Twitter and stated that you had bars. Tell us about your version of “Chi-Raq “and what’s it like to have someone legendary like Talib Kweli to enjoy your music?
K’Valentine: Honestly, I wasn’t even interested in writing a Chiraq remix at first. I had heard a couple from other Chicago artists and I thought they were good but I didn’t feel it was for me because in no way was I going to glorify killing. My dad was shot over 30 times and died in these streets and I’ve lost family and friends so… Of course I feel some type of way.
But I got so many calls and text like, “K you better remix that Chiraq” and even still I wasn’t convinced, I was like ‘nah I’m straight’. But then I had a conversation with a friend of mine and he told me that I had to do it; he said I needed to do it… ‘I was like ok, I’m gonna do it but I’m gonna tell the truth and I’m not going to glorify this shit either so some people might be mad’. After that, I said a quick prayer and then wrote it, designed the cover art and recorded it the same day and released it.
As far as Talib Kweli complimenting me like that, it was amazing. I was actually driving when I saw the shout out he gave me on twitter and I had to pull over lol because it was surprising! It’s like, I did NOT expect that at all. It was a blessing. I really had to simmer in the moment because there are sooooo many rappers out [right] now and a lot of them are successful but for a legend, a true artist with true talent, a lyricist that I admire so much and who has solidified himself in this game to say I had bars…..? That was BEASTY 🙂
3 Voices: Can we expect a collaboration on a song with you and Talib Kweli? What other well-known artists in the music industry would you like to collaborate with?
K’Valentine: Talib Kweli actually gave me some “rap homework” as he calls it lol and yes we are working on a project right now.
Man there are so many artist that I would love to work with, even some here in Chicago still. Of course Kanye, and I would so love to work with Drake.
3 Voices: You were recently in the Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper along with our previous founder feature, Ydot Gdot as being a part of the #AntiChiraq movement. What made you decide to join the #AntiChiraq movement? How important is it to you to spread the message of “Stop the Violence”.
K’Valentine: When I was turning down requests to record a Chiraq remix because of how I felt, I noticed Dotty was hash tagging everything “AntiChiraq” and I was like wow, he feels like I feel. It was good to know one of my peers felt as I did and was not afraid to speak up. I admire him for that.
It’s extremely important for [me] and others to speak the message of “stop the violence” because it’s going to take a village. No one man or woman can calm this storm alone. It’s very crucial to me and I will continue to do my part.
3 Voices: What’s next for K’Valentine? Are there any exclusives that you can share with us?
K’Valentine: I’m in the studio now writing and recording two new projects, one of the two will be released sometime in August.
3 Voices: How can the people reach K’Valentine on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.?
K Valentine: All of my social media sites are connected to my website so everyone can visit Kvalentine.com
And there you have it people! You heard it all from K’Valentine herself! Be sure to check out her official website www.kvalentine.com ro find out any projects that K Valentine has and will be working on. Much success to you K’Valentine and keep in touch.
Here’s K’Valentine’s official video for Chiraq Remix: