You may have seen the name Kat Dahlia around the Internet lately. Maybe you've seen some of our posts about her, or some ads for her EP Gangsta, or maybe you've watched the video for "Gangsta" and added to the 2.8 million views its already racked up.
The song, which interpolates the hook to 50 Cent's "Wanksta," mixes a hip-hop sensibility with fiery anger and emotional thrust. The piano loops that kick the song off sound like just another YouTube ballad, but as soon as the beat drops it's obvious that this is one of the most unique songs we've heard this year.
Intrigued, we had to learn more about the Miami born artist who is signed to veteran record executive Sylvia Rhone's Vested In Culture label (which is a joint venture with Epic Records). We had Kat swing by the Complex offices to talk about growing up in a Cuban family, the torrid love affair she got into when she moved to New York, and why it's hard being single.