Hip hop’s bad girl…or is she? To date, the world has been exposed to one side of Khia. The side that under any circumstance she will boldly and honestly state her opinion regardless of the reaction it may elicit. However, there is another side to Khia that has not been exposed to the greater public. There are two sides to every coin and while they may be different, together they are whole. Let’s call Khia’s other side Shamone.
Khia entered hip hop in 2002 with the risqué and highly successful “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)”. Shamone has been in music her entire life and is more than just a rapper. She is a studied musician who loves and appreciates the art that is created through music. Khia is known for hardcore, racy lyrics while Shamone is a woman who, more than anything else, just wants to be an artist and express herself freely and honestly. Khia may be known for both the toughness and sexiness she exudes over a track but Shamone proves that she’s not just a one trick pony. Prior to “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” she wrote, produced, and sang on all her songs. Even more, she wrote and collaborated on Janet Jackson’s “So Excited” from her 2006 CD, “20 Y.O.” Khia is Florida-bred which is heard in the style of her music. Shamone is Philly-born which speaks to her deeper appreciation for hip hop music and music in general. Khia doesn’t have any other artist featured on any of her songs. Shamone wants people to listen to her music for what she is bringing to the table and not because they are a fan of someone else.
Khia is entertaining because she brings the drama. Everyone knows that she will honestly answer any question even if her response is negative and hurtful. People continue to ask questions down that road and reach their destination every time. But, what is also entertaining about Khia is getting to know her as a woman and the inspiration behind her music. For instance, Khia speaks female empowerment in her songs. She delivers the constant message of determining your own self-worth, being independent, and striving to be successful. She delivers this message in a manner that will best reach her target audience. Listen past the language and the message is loud and clear. If it don’t work for you, then maybe it wasn’t meant for you. Khia is very much a girlie girl. She is a homemaker and very active mother in her children’s lives. She believes in cooking, cleaning, taking care of her man and taking care of her children. She makes her house a home. These standards of being a woman are also expressed in her songs.
Khia is not a DIVA merely because she raps. Khia is a DIVA because she appreciates and studies music. Khia is a DIVA because she is honest in her music as well as her life. Khia is a DIVA because her music conveys messages that should empower women. Khia is a DIVA because she works just as hard at home as she does in her career. Shamone is a DIVA too for all the same reasons. They are one in the same, two sides of the same coin.
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