The media is obsessed with beautiful young women who make living look easy. The celebrity life, however, is not as glamorous as it seems. Just ask Amber Rose—the blonde baldie-rocking, rapper-dating, vodka-slinging model who became a paparazzi darling overnight.
We all know how that happened, but on her new single "Fame"—featuring current boyfriend Wiz Khalifa—she breaks down the ups and downs of being famous. "Everything you say," she Auto-Tune croons, "will and can be used against you."
The lyrics are no surprise as new controversial quotes from Amber seem to pop up every day. The Philly girl stopped by the 'Plex headquarters yesterday to talk about the future of her singing career, her tweets about Kat Stacks, and why she shared the truth about Kim Kardashian and Kanye.
Interview By Soo-Young Kim (@sooeypooey)
Congrats on your new single "Fame." In the song, is it you talking to your younger self?
I'm talking about what I deal with as far as fame goes. I'm talking to my fans that want to be famous. The first verse is basically the cons of being famous and the pros—flying in private jets and stuff like that. It's fun, but a lot comes with it. I see a lot of young kids hit me on twitter all the time like, "I want to be famous! Listen to my mixtape! I wish I could be like you!" But a lot comes with it. It's not easy.
I'm not your average girl that grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth. I could talk about hood [stuff] 'cause I lived hood [stuff]. You know what I mean? I've been there!
Can you tell us more about the making of the song, like who wrote the music and what the process of writing it was like?
I work with two producers, K-Quick and Fresh To Def [of Grand Staff Productions] and they're really really talented. We just sat there and we co-wrote it. The record really came easy for us. It was that simple.
Did you know which direction you wanted to take it in as far as pop vs. R&B?
For me, I love dance music, but I also have a lot to talk about and I'm not your average girl that grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth. I could talk about hood shit 'cause I lived hood shit. You know what I mean? I've been there! And I have credibility when it comes to talking about stuff like that. So you'll hear that in future songs.
Did you always have an interest in pursuing your music career or was it Wiz that gave you the courage to do so?
Well definitely Wiz gave me inspiration, he inspired me to not care what people think and just go out and do it. I always looked up to Slash from Guns N' Roses and I always pictured myself being a rock star and playing the guitar, just going crazy. I just felt like this is my time, this is my time to go out and show people that I'm more than just a beautiful face.
Were you invited to do this track, or was it something that happened on your own?
No, I do everything independent. My entire album is independent. I pay for everything, I'm not a part of Taylor Gang. [Laughs.] Wizhas his Taylor Gang team as far as music goes, but I'm separate from that.
Men have been dogging women out for years. And when Kat Stacks did it, for me—and I know this is gonna sound [messed] up—it was like a breath of fresh air.
A singing career is very hard to maintain. What are your plans if this doesn't work out?
I'm just gonna continue to do what I feel is right. I'm not doing this to please anybody but myself, and this is very important to me. My fans jumped on board immediately when I said that I was gonna be releasing music. I don't think about all the negativity and "if this doesn't happen" or "that doesn't happen." I just think positively and hope that everything is gonna go well.
The Twitter world seemed confused about your tweets about Kat Stacks yesterday. Do you want to clear that situation up?
I just want to say that—listen—I don't condone prostituting yourself and giving out guys' numbers on the internet. I don't condone that. What I was basically saying was that men have been treating women like shit and dogging women out for years. And when Kat Stacks did it, for me—and I know this is gonna sound fucked up—it was like a breath of fresh air.
One, she was entertaining as hell, her videos were so funny. And two, she didn't care! I just felt like guys needed that smack in the face 'cause they've been dogging us women out and I knowyou know what I'm talking about. Men dog women out all the time and she only did what men have been doing to us for years.
I felt bad that I called [Kim] a homewrecker because I believe that I stooped down to her level by calling her a name. I'm just not into that. So I forgive her, I forgive Kanye, it's so old, I been over it a long time ago.
You called Kim Kardashian a homewrecker, then told TMZ you regret saying that as someone who is trying to empower women. You said you forgive both her and Kanye. So does this mean there are no hard feelings?
There's definitely no hard feelings. I feel like when Kanye made his album, he didn't care about me and what I had to go through as someone who had fame now.
People were throwing things at me in the street and calling me all these names. When I went and did that interview [with Star], initially, I didn't go in there to say anything about what happened with Kim and him. That's not my thing. If I was gonna do that, I would have done it a long time ago.
The lady who did the interview said, "How do you feel about Kanye and Kim dating being as though you're the cause of Kim and Reggie breaking up?" I hear that in so many interviews and I was always quiet! And I said, "That's not the case, you guys don't know what you're talking about." I just snapped. I was like, "Yo, listen. This is what it really is. I'm gonna tell you what it really is so y'all know the truth, and now you can leave me alone. Leave me alone about this situation."
So the story was very much true, but as a woman and somebody who's into women's empowerment, I felt bad that I called her a homewrecker because I believe that I stooped down to her level by calling her a name. I'm just not into that. So I forgive her, I forgive Kanye, it's so old, I been over it a long time ago. It's just something I had to get off my chest and I had to let people know exactly what it was so they could stop bothering me about it.