With overnight success comes overnight hate—just think how quickly Drake went from phenom to pretty boy punching bag. And when the overnight success happens in the genre of rap to a young white woman, there also come questions of credibility.
Do you think a 16-year-old girl cares about where I'm from or what I've done? No, she loves the songs.
“People are so crazy that they’ll make their own fantasy life story of me,” Kreayshawn says of talk that her checkered past is fiction. “People have such passion loving me and such passion hating me, but it’s good to have passion either way.”
Questions of authenticity—and how they relate to how she will be marketed as an artist—don’t rate with Kreayshawn. “I never looked at myself as a marketable person. I just try to let my personality shine through. Do you think a 16-year-old girl gives a fuck about where I’m from or what I’ve done? No, she loves the songs.”
In addition to the questions about her past, there have also been murmurs that Kreay’s lyrical creations aren’t her own. She’s up-front about lacking the desire to be the most technically proficient MC (“I’ve never even thought of that. I never saw that in myself”), but that hasn’t stopped the rumors that underground L.A. artist Speak!, the shaggy-haired bearded guy doing the cooking dance in the “Gucci Gucci” video, ghostwrites for her.
“I never even heard that,” Kreay says in response to the charge. “Speak! is my brother and definitely helped me make the transition from freestyles to bars, but as far as him writing anything for me, that’s not true.” When asked if he wrote or helped Kreayshawn write “Gucci Gucci” or any other songs, Speak! responded, “I took her to the Gucci store here in L.A. and tricked off my entire ironic hipster trust fund in attempts to give her a taste of leisure life. My parents were devastated but allowed me to continue working at their multimillion dollar snorkel factory in Saudi Arabia.” In other words, fuck you very much.
Kreay's also come under fire for a line in “Gucci Gucci” (“Bitch, you ain't no Barbie, I see you work at Arby's”) that was perceived to be aimed at Nicki Minaj. In her first Complex interview, Kreayshawn said that Nicki encourages girls to be “plastic and fake.” Now she insists that Nicki is a “great artist.” Maybe this is a product of the media training book she carries, although she might want to give it another skim. In late August, she told MTV that a line in her Cosmic Kev Come-Up Show freestyle (“You faker than Rick Ross”) was not a diss toward the Miami rapper, who was outed in 2008 for his past as a correctional officer. Three days later, she was on V-Nasty's live Ustream joking about his weight (“I bet you five dollars Rick Ross can't find his dick”) and saying that she wanted to tell MTV that she thinks Ross is fake. “I didn’t know that we were still on Ustream. It was just me goofing off with friends. I don't have any problems [with Rick Ross], but I can see how it looks that way.”