New voice in hip hop empowers women, challenges them to aggressively chase after their dreams
TALLAHASEE, FL – All the pretty girls out there, stand up. A new artist currently residing in Florida named K’eyla is making music just for you. But before you’re tempted to think of the term “pretty girl” as a purely superficial title, wait until you hear the message behind K’eyla’s music. Her art is less about physical beauty and more about inspiring women to be strong and independent. Representing her home town of Brooklyn, and with nods to her proud Puerto Rican heritage, her music is the perfect combination of humility and empowerment.
“Every girl wants to feel pretty and my music is for them, but more than that, my music is about strong and independent women,” K’eyla said. “I want to encourage women to make money and take care of themselves in a respectable manner. Don’t rely on men for money and shelter, be independent and respect yourself and be strong. If God blessed you with a gift, you have to use it. He didn’t give it to you for no reason, so fulfill it. Chase your dreams and never take no for an answer. I want my music to be known for that aggressiveness and fearlessness of following your dreams.”
That Pretty Girl movement has been growing in recent months, and is set to take another leap forward with the release of her new single “Want To” which is currently available across all streaming platforms and will debut a video at the beginning of July. It’s a song about rising from nothing to success and the struggles that come with being patient and waiting for those things you desire or the opportunities you’d like to achieve.
“Personally it’s about being able to actually make it in the industry regardless of who hasn’t been there for me or hasn’t had my back,” K’eyla said. “It reflects my story and everything I’ve been through personally. Everybody has a different story and my individual story sets me apart. My mindset sets me different from other people. I feel like I have my own distinct sound and voice which is way different than anyone else. And everything I write about is factual things from my life – from heartbreak to making money to being in love. I also write a lot about the anxiety I suffer from – something I’ve struggled with through my entire career. Ultimately though, my music is about being fierce and aggressive with the dreams and goals you have in life, and that’s what this song is really about. One day, I hope I’m able to help minority communities and open avenues for minorities to be able to better themselves and escape negative paths or the flawed legal system.”
“Want To” is a purely rap song with an upbeat tempo though it utilizes elements of K’eyla’s background in R&B. One of the things that makes her stand out as an artist is her ability to both sing and rap with a voice that is immediately recognizable and unique and a rap flow that is unlike anyone else in the game today. K’eyla has been involved in music since she was 2 years old when she and her mother would re-enact and sing along to songs and musicals. By age 8, she was turning to music as an escape from some of the harder things in life, and by age 14, she was part of a girl group that recorded songs and performed throughout the Northeast.
K’eyla is a dedicated, obsessive artist who was born to share her gift of music to the world. To listen to her music or to follow her on social media, please visit: