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Updated: Mar 14, 2023

Chicago avant-garde rapper, Kodie Shane, is recording new music and preparing for a new chapter of her career in 2023. N crowd writing director, Jordyn Wilcox, got to speak with her during her studio session to learn more about her inspirations and plans for the year.

So since we’re a fashion magazine let's talk fashion. What’s your favorite brand out right now?

I love Rick Owens forever. I love a lot of young brands. There’s a lot of really dope brands coming up in Atlanta right now.

What is your current favorite fashion trend?

I’m not really into super trendy things but I just love how right now nobody is afraid to wear what they want even if somebody doesn’t like it. Everybody is standing out and I really f*ck with that.

You’ve done a lot of collaborations in your career, do you have a favorite?

Smooky Margielaa. I love when we work together. I love working with people who make music I genuinely like. Everytime I work with Lil Uzi it's fun too.

Do you have a dream collaboration?

Andre 3000 and Frank Ocean. There’s a lot of producers I really want to work with. If I got a verse from Andre 3000 or an interlude from Kendrick Lamar I’d die.

What do you use as inspiration for your music?

I like movies. I like seeing them and I escape through that. But I also like to just have real life experiences. I feel like that’s the best way to inspire music. I might be like “ alright I’m not recording” and go on a hike or maybe go out and do some real life sh*t you know get the creative juices flowing.

What’s your favorite movie?

Come on bro, that’s too hard if a question. (laughing).

Alright, favorite movie genre?

I’ve really been into thrillers lately but I’m a sucker for really good romantic movies. Like you’re gonna get me for sure with that.

Baby Driver is my favorite movie. Especially for music.

That was a good one for music, and overall. Did you see Avatar?

No. I haven’t even seen the first one.

I saw it twice. You need to get into that. Tap in.

What are your goals for 2023?

I want to put out the best music that connects with my fans and I want to be more consistent by putting out more music and visuals. I really want to get back on the road.

I’ll be there once you hit the road.

You’ve been in the limelight for a minute, is there anything you didn’t expect that came with fame?

You don’t expect that you can change other people’s lives and in a way your own.

I wanted to be like you so bad in High School back in 2020.

Is there anything you’re excited for this year?

I’m excited about a new project I’m working on. I don’t want to say the name but this year I just want to dance and have fun. I’m excited for this project. I don’t want to say it’s a dance album because it’s so much more than that but it’s going to be beautiful, it’s my baby. I’m excited. I’m always excited to get close to family. I’m really big on family.

So have you been to Detroit before?

Of course, my dad is from there.

What’s your favorite thing about the city?

I love Detroit. If I’m honest and keeping it a hundred, I love Detroit because I love Chicago. It’s the same love, it’s the same vibe right there. I used to go to Detroit with my dad when I was younger. It’s good people there. The music is so different. It’s probably the biggest thing between Detroit and Chicago.

Whose your favorite Detroit rapper?

Obviously I f*ck with Babyface Ray. I honestly don’t listen to Tee Grizzly music that much but I f*ck with him as a person. I feel like he’s a cool person.

You can see Tee Grizzly all around Detroit.

Yeah, I feel like he be around.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

*She pauses and ponders before answering.*

“Man, in ten years I’ll be 34. In ten years hopefully I’ve gotten everything I’ve wanted out of music in terms of support and touring. I’m not really impressed with accolades. Maybe I’ll be thinking of getting married or something. Doing the life thing and traveling. I want all of life’s experiences.

Do you have any advice for anyone hoping to break into the music industry or any creative industry?

Don’t look at it as trying to break into the industry. Just make really fire music. Go hard for your art. Find a good support system of people who want you to succeed and bring it out. Don’t give away any part of yourself to nobody and nothing. Keep your spirit, keep your heart, and keep your head on a swivel.

I like that.

We laughed.

Those were all of my questions.

Thank you, this was so fun.

The FaceTime call ended but her words remained. Shane has a way of leaving listeners with something to think about and feel. Her upcoming projects are upon us and Ncrowd will be on the look out.

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