VIBE dubs reigning princess of trash-pop, Ke$ha, as Hip Hop’s guilty pleasure. This seems to be quite the stretch, considering she only has two songs featuring rappers, and they’re both remixes (Flo Rida’s “Right Round” doesn’t count for obvious reasons). It seems the publication has improperly correlated her reckless demeanor with the culture.
“The first record was a celebration of partying and being young, but this record’s a better look at my personality. Whatever, I drink like a champion. But I can also do other stuff,” she laughs. “I have a sense of humor about my lyrics. I’m not a train wreck, I’m just having fun.”
On various songs, she gives off the “sassy white-girl rap” attitude, much like Kreayshawn, which caused people to falsely declare her as a rapper.
“The first time someone called me a rapper, I started laughing,” she says. “I was shocked, and thought it was hilarious. But then, Andre 3000 was telling me how he thinks I’m a good rapper. And Wiz, who’s a good friend of mine, thinks I’m a good rapper? Snoop? It’s crazy and funny to me.”
Before putting out her new record, Ke$ha did some soul-searching. She realized the impact she had with her “three-and-a-half minute song[s]” and wanted to spread positive energy. After being named the Humane Society’s first-ever Global Ambassador for animals, she embarked on a “spirit journey” in the Galapagos Islandas, Australia, and South Africa.
“I went swimming with whales in the middle of nowhere, it was like naked boat ladies swimming with baby whales for a week,” she says. “Then I was rehabilitating baby lions who were like pissing in my tent, and I was feeding them with a bottle, because their parents orphaned them and they’re trying to rehabilitate these other lions that were kept in captivity.”
Read more from Ke$ha’s October/November cover story here.