Kodie Shane is bursting into the world of hip hop loud and clear with her distinct vocals, fun collabs and her carefree, unapologetic attitude. She is currently opening for Lil Yachty’s “Teenage” tour. Her synthesized ballad “Sad” ft. Lil Yachty was a breakthrough hit, and established her as the first female member of Lil Yachty’s “Sailing Crew.” The 18-year-old spoke to us in between tour dates so USF students could get a first glance at her life in the industry. Their San Francisco show is tonight, Sept. 21, at The Warfield.
How long have you been in the music industry?
KS: I have been seriously for two and half years now. My mom says it’s been way longer than that, but I would say I was around 16 or 15.
Do you feel like you have a hard time getting people to take you seriously as such a young artist?
KS: I do. You took the words right out of my mouth. But people are always going to say it’s too early or too late, but it can never be too early or late.
What artists have influenced your music style? Are their any other icons or figures that have had an impact on your writing?
KS: I really love Frank Ocean. I love Nicki Minaj. She’s on fire! And Ashanti definitely influenced me.
Were there any unexpected aids or obstacles in your journey to where you are?
KS: Sometimes it’s the exposure, and sometimes I don’t have the financial resources that I need to make everything happen. You just need to put the hours in and get it!
How did you land the gig with Lil Yachty?
KS: We just met, and we just hit it off and got an actual relationship. Now we work together and it’s really cool.
How has touring with Lil’ Yachty been?
KS: It’s been really good. That’s my bro! It’s going quite slowly this time, but it’s been really fun. I’ve had a great time with him. We always go out and get slices of pizza, cause they [the Sailing Crew] always want pizza. We are doing some pretty legendary stuff this year, we did some pretty legendary stuff last year, we’re going to keep going with it.
What’s your favorite part of your set?
KS: Well, on the Yachty set, it’s not as long as usual. But I like doing “Runaway,” cause it’s so good and they like it. When it’s a longer set, I love performing all my new music cause it’s just so good.
What message do you want to send to your fans?
KS: Don’t be scared to be yourself, push envelope, be outside of the box, be you, go crazy, be yourself. Be different. Spread more love, we need to be together, F*ck Trump. I close two fingers, put them up and kiss them “One Love, man” that’s my quote, and that what I say. Go crazy!
What advice would you give someone trying to pursue a career in music?
KS: Be yourself, don’t be trendy, don’t go for being popular. Go for being booked.
What’s it like being a woman in the hip hop industry today?
KS: I’m pretty sure it’s harder for a lot of female artists, but for me, I’m doing my own thing. I’m running by myself, I’m not worrying about other opinions. I just put in the hours! But being a girl is harder. Like a guy could walk in somewhere and be ballsy, but if a woman did the same thing she’d be a bitch. But I say, just do your own thing, put in the hours and not care about everyone else.
Featured Photo: Kodie Shane will perform at the Warfield on September 21. Courtesy of Epic Records.