I’m exhausted. Why? I’ve literally—well, figuratively, been chasing Kash Doll for a year to do this interview. Late last year, when the SooDetroit staff collectively decided that doing cover stories was the next proper move, I already had in mind who I wanted as the subject for the cover story. Seemed like a no-brainer to me and everyone else on the team thought so, too.
After our inaugural cover story with Dusty McFly dropped last winter, I quickly focused my attention on Kash Doll. There were talks between her and the SooDetroit staff for weeks and weeks, and things were really coming into play—and then—everything stopped. The upcoming months were intriguing, to say the least. Kash Doll’s stock got bigger, she released a couple of bangers (“Run Me My Money” and “Accurate”, respectively), landed movie roles, and her Birthday Bash damn near brought the entire city out to come celebrate with her. Meanwhile, I was doing a terrible impersonation of Wile E. Coyote to Kash Doll’s Roadrunner—simply put—I couldn’t catch her for shit.
A year and four cover stories later, I finally received a text saying that she was finally ready to do an interview with us. I was exhausted before the interview even started. Like I said, it’s been a fucking year! My boss shot me Kash Doll’s direct line, and after being amused for a good ten minutes of watching hilarious Drake “Hotline Bling” memes, I decided to give Kash Doll, who’s real name reads: Arkeisha Knight, a phone call.
Kash Doll: Hello?
Me: Hi, is this Kash Doll?
Kash Doll: Oh, hell nah. You ‘bout to get hung up on calling and addressing me like that.
Kash Doll: [Laughs hysterically.] I’m fuckin’ with you. What’s up, boo?
Me: [Laughs nervously.] Dog, you had me worried for a minute.
After a few more seconds of hearing Kash Doll laugh at my expense, we were ready to do the interview. One thing I learned about Kash is that she likes to laugh—a lot! She wasn’t anything like I had envisioned her to be—she was better. I usually approach each interview with a distinctive presumption of how each subject will be during the interview process, it’s a way to help me wane off any building anxiety or tension that occurs before I engage in any dialogue with the person(s) I’m interviewing.
Aside from being humorous, she was very candid, and displayed a rawness, that was genuinely earnest. Her and I talked like we had known each other for years, she has a welcoming quality about her—that’s just one of her amazing attributes. The 20-something-year-old (she refuses to disclose her exact age. “Mid-twenties”, she says.) has been making a name for herself over the past couple years. She was already notoriously known amongst her city of Detroit way before she laid down a verse. Kash Doll has an interesting past, but an even more interesting future.
This year she plans on dropping her highly anticipated mixtape, Keisha vs Kash Doll, a week before Christmas, and not to mention, all the power moves she’s been making in not just music, but film, fashion, and running her own business (Kash Doll has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management). She’s a young mogul in the making.
I know a lot of people have their share of opinions (read: criticism) about her, which she is highly aware of. But on this day, she sits down with SooDetroit to discuss those opinions, her views on women in hip-hop, her dating life, and her responsibility of being a role model for young women everywhere. This is what being Kash Doll is like.
People are just stupid. The biggest misconception? People thinking I’m arrogant, because of how I flash.
So, I’ve heard somewhere that your rap career got jump started when someone paid you do to a freestyle? Is that true?
Nobody paid me to do a freestyle. Me and Dex Osama, we had went into the studio because I told him I wanted to rap, and we did it. Then somebody paid me to do my first feature after that. So after I did the feature, I did the “2 On” remix , and that’s how that took off.
Who were some of your rap influences coming up?
Trina, Foxy Brown, Nicki [Minaj] of course.
Speaking of Trina, you’re often compared to her a lot. Do the comparisons bother you or is it something that you relish in?
I don’t care. Long as they ain’t disrespect me and compare me to some nobodies, I’m cool. I mean, I don’t get intimidated by the comparisons. I think that’s a good thing for me. Like, to be so new in the game, and get compared to people who have already made their mark, and who’s footsteps I’m going to actually have to follow in—even though I don’t try to be nobody [else], I’m just doing my thing.
It’s really a drought on female rappers—shit, mostly everybody had done the same thing, you know what I’m saying? I’m honored to be compared to the people they compare me to, actually. But I wouldn’t say it’s just Trina who they compare me to. It’s a mixture. I wouldn’t say it’s mainly her. It’s a lot of them, but I’m not tripping on either one.