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YBF EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Keyshia Cole Dishes On Becoming A Mother, Loving Her Fans & Fiance', & New Album Details

Keyshia Cole is looking fabulous, sounding amazing, and pushing forward with her newest yet-to-be-named album.  TheYBF.com had the fab opportunity to sit down and chat with Ms. Cole on the set of her new video for "I Aint Thru" just days ago.

 

She reveals to us the possible names for her upcoming album, the inspirations she's gotten from motherhood, finding "the one", and the real deal with her and Nicki Minaj.  Read on for our exclusive interview...

 

L.A. Correspondent Victoria Audele sat with Keyshia Cole on the gritty L.A. set of her new video.  She's hesitant to call this a "comeback" album because she feels like she never left.  But a usually guarded Keyshia surprisingly came off with a softer edge as she dished about becoming a mother, loving her fans and her finace', NBA baller fiance Boobie Gibson, feeling even more "set" financially, and tapping into her old ways for her new album.

 

 

YBF: What was the inspiration behind the video “I Ain’t Thru?”

Keyshia Cole (KC): The inspiration behind “I Ain’t Thru,” I think Benny’s direction was just getting me and Nicki together of course because she’s on the song. And more street elements, back to the basics of the first album.

Why did you choose this particular track as one as the first off this album?

KC: I love this record. I just like the song. It was an idea that I came up with a long time ago and me and Nicki decided to do a feature together and I just played it for her to see what she would think about it. It just came and it was hot to me.

Speaking of Nicki, we've been hearing some rumors about a rift between you two in the studio. So, do you and Nicki go way back?

KC: No, no, no, that’s the second time somebody asked me that. We actually just met, but she’s a dope MC. I think that she brings a lot of excitement to the game. She’s not afraid to be different and I think that that’s dope.

And you all have a good connection?

KC: Yeah, yeah. It was all good, it was dope.

How does it feel for people to say you’ve been gone for a little bit, but you look great though like you never left?

KC: That’s funny though because people say that because I had a child but you know, I’ve released albums pretty much every two years since I’ve been out. I mean I just think that people see oh she’s engaged, she’s getting married, she’s having a child, I think it’s a little bit different for them to accept the time frame that I’ve been gone. But it’s always been the same, I tour for a year and then the only thing that was different is that I usually tour for an entire year and then start recording, I had a baby in that year and still recorded the entire time.

How has motherhood been? Boobie Jr. is so cute!

KC: Motherhood is wonderful, it’s great. You know, it brings a whole new inspiration in life and how you can love and never wanting that love to go away. I don’t even know what I would do without being a mother.

You just became a mom a few months ago.  How do you think being a mother and that BIG change in your life has that inspired you as an artist and in your music?

KC: Um, you know what, I wrote one song about it, it's called "Sometimes."  But I mean, I’ve prepared my whole career and tried to prepare my whole "growing up stage" making sure that no matter what, I’d be able to take care of my children when I have them. So, I think the stress is kind of off me, in terms of financially. So that’s all I was really concerned with--making sure that I had enough dividends to make sure he goes to school and college.  And when he turns 18, if anything were to happen to me, he’d be taken care of.  I’ve already reached that point in my career where that allows for him to be financially taken care of, so I’m still going because I love it.

You’ve always had really great love songs.  With your current relationship [with Cleveland Cavalier basketball player Daniel "Boobie" Gibson], has that inspired your new music as well?

KC: I mean, most definitely. I think that any time you have someone that totally supports you no matter what, and shows you that love when no one else is going to be there, and to know that you have that, it’s totally outstanding.

How did you know you found the one?

KC: Because he knows.

Sweet.  What would you say is your creative process in terms of writing music?

KC: I’m really funny about it. The first entire album I wrote at a 7-11 on Ventura Blvd. It’s kinda dope. I want to try that on the next album. I want to get in my car and go to 7-11 and write there. Lol

You’re from the Bay, do you have any words of encouragement for people out there that are upset with the way the Oscar Grant situation is going?

KC: It’s so unfortunate and a lot of things are still going on and were going on when I was there. I mean, that’s just an emotion I can say I’ve experienced and I just tried so hard to not have to face that.  I’ve been trying hard and constantly try hard to make sure that my child doesn’t have to face that. But I still deal with that kind of thing in my lifestyle as well. So, I can understand how that can make somebody feel. But I don’t know what to really say about the situation because I haven’t really tried to dig deep into it. I don’t know what happened. The [police officer] said [Oscar] drew his gun and he thought it was a stun gun. I don’t know if the guy was a rookie or what was going on. But I think it is very sad that somebody lost their life, for sure.

In a couple of words, express what this new album is and what it stands for.

KC: Emotional, definitely emotional. Reflective. That might be the name of the album actually, reflecting, because it has a lot to do with that. And just personal...very personal.  It’s everything that has been happening in the last three years of my life.

You retweet a lot of your fans' tweets, and you get a lot of strength from them. How has joining twitter changed you?

KC: I definitely do. It gives me life that my fans are there. It’s a couple of them that call themselves Diamonds and they’re just dope, they’re dope. But I mean it has its ups and downs.

And what do your fans mean to you?

KC: Everything, they are everything and why I am. I mean besides God. I just told them the other day that I appreciate you guys. It’s like, if I had one fan or if I had a million fans, it’s still the same to me. I would give the same show to one fan that I would give to a million. And I’ve been like that since day one and I’m going to try and hold on to that.

Looking back over your life, would you have ever imagined you’d be here?

KC: Yes, most definitely. Lol

Are there any features on the album?

KC: Timbaland, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Tank, Faith Evans and Nicki Minaj. DOPE.

And you don’t have an official title yet?  There have been some rumors that you titled it "Keyshia" or something else already.

KC: No, But maybe Reflective, In My Thoughts, something like that.

Thank you so much Keyshia!

KC: No, thank you!

 

Keyshia's new album hits shelves December 14th.  And you can check out her new single with Nicki Minaj called "I Ain't Thru" here.

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I'm a fan of Keyshia Cole and

I'm a fan of Keyshia Cole and I'm so happy that she has a new Cd comingout. Best wishes to Keyshia her son and of course "Boobie" for three LOL! I'm from Cleveland so I'm actually a fan of Keyshia's fiance. Good Luck you guys God Bless
Stacy's picture

I'm so glad she is coming

I'm so glad she is coming back with something new. I missed her music so much.. She is a great singer. I really truely love all her music.
dee from h-town's picture

where did her breasts

where did her breasts go?? they used to be huge!!
carmel cutie's picture

you are so right! But this

you are so right! But this chick got the money for it! i would love to reduces mine too
Anonymous's picture

I LOVE Keyshia Cole I'm Glad

I LOVE Keyshia Cole I'm Glad She's Back Continuing Doing Her Music. She Seems Like She Has A Good Head On Her Shoulders & I'm Glad She Put Her Foot Down With Her Leeching Family! She Doesn't Work Hard 2 Support Grown Ass People. She Has A Child 2 Focus On Now...Go Keyshia & Continue Doing Your Thing!!!
Veronica's picture

thanks guy.. nice to know

thanks guy.. nice to know that every blogger isn't shallow! i mean really, leaving her "set backs" behind was one of the most mature and best moves she's made for her life. and that inc. famiily, ATL, etc. How, after seeing how she basically carried them, can you say she used them and turned her back on them. she had to grow up to grow, and she GREW UP away from them waaay before a Boobie Gibson and Boobie Jr. was around. Blogs give people a reason to truly HATE... (typing fast & furious, so excuse any typos lol)
neesh's picture

Keyshia, got her family to

Keyshia, got her family to ATL and really tried to help them. old habits die hard. so KC had to move on with her life. God Bless and prays she finds Happiness WHO CARES WHAT FOLKS SAY!!!
cynthia's picture

Well she cut the family off

Well she cut the family off long before she bad the baby but my point is who cares.... Blogging to me has become stupid . When I read post and ALL these people are giving their opinions it pisses me off. We are the one group of people that enjoy tearing each other down. Not sometimes but CONSTANTLY . It's sickening .Angelina Jolie, Victoria beckham all have their man/husbands name tatted but guess what their people don't care. A black woman with tattoos is ghetto and a white woman is a rockstar. Please. I say the same things when I see Mary j blogs post and Monica post. We tear down the people that our little black girls who have nothing could aspire to one day be. Now have they made mistakes YES but who hasn't . Clean out your own gutters and stop snooping around other folks houses
Anonymous's picture

Angelina Jolie does not have

Angelina Jolie does not have Brad's name tattooed on her, shutup.
Anonymous's picture

first off keyshia didnt leave

first off keyshia didnt leave her family for ah men she left if because she didnt want to bring her child up around all the negative things her family was involved in. and so what if she got his name tatted on her its her body and everything she do its for ah reason so if they do decide to go seperate ways she cans always still have the tattoo for her son. some of you people need to just step back and play yall role and stop trying to play everyone elses. yall say she cant sing but she steady getting invited to everything evidentally thiers something about her they like. if some of yall mind yall own business everything would be cool thats what wrong with the world today everybody tryna down grade on the next person like they shit dont stink. keyshia is happy with the way things are going in her life so yall who always have something negative to say should just leave your comments to yall self because at the end of the day she still making that mooney and she aint thru. sincerly a real k.c fan
Khiyon's picture

She is not getting invited to

She is not getting invited to EVERYTHING. You aren't her manager, sit down.
Lisa's picture

i adree with neesh... i love

i adree with neesh... i love keyshia, monica , mary, jazmine, the few who even entertain or show love to the regular person that nuys their music. people are always looking for something.i have to many problems to always be looking for whats wrong with someone else. i use these ladies as motivation to do better, and have better and love better not to mention live better
Portia's picture

KC is straight East Oak and

KC is straight East Oak and nothing is wrong with that. The Bay turns out hustlers (legal or nonlegal) and we handle our business period dot com... Silly to hate on someone who had a dream and is now living it. You can debate on who is prettier, who sings better, etc but shallow people fuss over shallow things. She got out and came up. That's my girl and I applaud someone who keeps drama out and faith in. Go get Key!!!
Mz Thang 2 You's picture

I agree 1000%!!! Why can't

I agree 1000%!!! Why can't we, as a ppl just be happy for one another. As long as things are messed up in our lives, it does us all the gd to look down on someone else. Who cares that sometimes u see her gap, sometimes u don't. She has a beautiful voice and a God given talent. She used her resources and networked with the right ppl, and one dr opned another. I swear that so much mental slavery has raped us as a ppl that we don't even know how to show love or approciate when someone has been blessed. Her blessings are not yours, so why hate. Live right, do right and the same energy will be returned!!!
HOTEP's picture

People r so

People r so ignorant/negative. To become a better person u must eliminate urself from those surroundings (including people, places, activities, etc. ) keeping u dwn. Turning her back on her family ?! I remember she took them in, tried to better them and provided for them. How could u say she used them for fame when we didn't hear of them until her second album, AFTER she had already made a name for herself, we wouldn't even know of them had she not did her tv show ... they're the ones getting spin offs n 5 mins. Of fame b/c of her...so i`d say they used her !! And the fact that she's from Oakland makes her music so much more real, she can relate to so many young women, who like herself, had/have a crack mother, no father, and are from "the hood". Its people like YOU who make those same young women believe that if they're from "the hood" theyre gangsters ghetto and/worthless. Oh, because her voice isn't soft she cant sing... j.lo can't sing, and came from the mean streets of NY do u criticize her?? I for one love kc, along wit Monica, J.Sullivan, tattoos, raspy voices and all! I believe her music, bc I can relate. I'm proud of her, and happy for her, cannot wait for the next album. Instead of worrying abt whos she's a fake Version of, worry about who u wana b!!
neesh's picture

Do us all a favor and

Do us all a favor and eliminate yourself from this site....better yet from earth. You are way too passionate about someone who could care less if you're alive or not! If we we think she's ghetto and untalented, thats our opinion and to be honest its a proven fact, so stfu and worry about you wanna b and stop co sing for a hootrat that dont know you from a can of paint....unless you are the hoodrat herself...lol
Really Me!'s picture

Amen.

Amen.
Lisa's picture

*co signing*

*co signing*
Really Me!'s picture

Tell them...I hate this

Tell them...I hate this site...you can tell there are alot of young people on here with no dreams of becoming anything or anyone. You expressed yourself well and I agree with everything you've said. So, sad that black people continue to put one another down instead of knowing their stengths and what they stand for which is POWER. Go KC...continue to be blessed and live your life to the fullest!
Equality's picture

Why are people praising her

Why are people praising her for getting up out the hood by singing?? [She just so happened to be lucky that she was light, cute, & the fans liked her]. How is she paving a way for people if EVERYBODY can't sing even if they wanted to? How are they going to follow in her footsteps? I seriously want to hear your explanations, cause it doesn't make sense to me...
yoooo's picture

Hmm I saw keysia's mom in the

Hmm I saw keysia's mom in the studio the other day. I live in atlanta. omg her and her mom look like twins!!! I hate to say this but keyshia cole is ugly. think about it keyshia looks just like frankie and frankie is ugly. the only thing that saves her is her lightskin. alicia keys is gorgeous and not just because she is lightskin. maybe people need to be honet about what beauty is.
cutie pie's picture

seriously i thought i was the

seriously i thought i was the only person who thought that she is not cute!!! i just really dont see it honestly! she's light skinned so i guess that works for her ...keyshia i just dont see it
madonna's picture

How old are you? You have to

How old are you? You have to be kidding me...you can't be serious....
Equality's picture

Keyshia - I think you have

Keyshia - I think you have one of the most beautiful voices of your generation. You, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan, Brandy, Christina Aguelera, Fantasia, and Monica have something very RARE and SPECIAL. I became a fan after the LOVE single dropped... I later saw a video of you performing Should Have Cheated and you killed it.... You got that Aretha Gladys Knight thing .... goosebumps .... I hope we get some more ballads please.... Thanks for bringing us all those beautiful songs... your voice is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing your gift with the world and congrats on the new family. God Bless.
morgan rocks's picture

Gladys Knight??!! The Icon

Gladys Knight??!! The Icon Gladys Knight??!! You can not possibly be serious.....
Lisa's picture

@ morgan

@ morgan "smoking"rocks.....chiiiiillle please! You are delusional if you think Keyshia Hoodrat Cole even comes close to the vocals of JHud, Christina Aguelera, Fantasia or Monica! What planet are you from sweetie? Aretha, Gladys Knight thing......lol gtfoh! Keyshia is on the same level as Ciara, Ashanti and a few other weak links!!!
Really Me!'s picture

Keyshia - I think you have

Keyshia - I think you have one of the most beautiful voices of your generation. You, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan, Brandy, Christina Aguelera, Fantasia, and Monica have something very RARE and SPECIAL. I became a fan after the LOVE single dropped... I later saw a video of you performing Should Have Cheated and you killed it.... You got that Aretha Gladys Knight thing .... goosebumps .... I hope we get some more ballads please.... Thanks for bringing us all those beautiful songs... your voice is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing your gift with the world and congrats on the new family. God Bless.
Sheronda's picture

Hating or Hater whatever you

Hating or Hater whatever you wanna say it from commentin on ur view of sumone situration is totally different. Who ever said that is dumb go back and fired ur higher education for teaching you down. When you bash sumone for no reason becuz that person is happy or what ever the case may be. That's called hating u dnt kno that person so why r u beenin so negative towards them. Now stating ur view is different.. That defitnition is when sumone asked u a question and ask to give ur view not to bash that person personal life.. Do u kno well enuff to judge em I didn't think so. Let's put ur personal life on this post and let's see if u think hating or giving ur view is the samething. I didn't think so. Dummy! Smh.
Sweet!'s picture

Hating or Hater whatever you

Hating or Hater whatever you wanna say it from commentin on ur view of sumone situration is totally different. Who ever said that is dumb go back and fired ur higher education for teaching you down. When you bash sumone for no reason becuz that person is happy or what ever the case may be. That's called hating u dnt kno that person so why r u beenin so negative towards them. Now stating ur view is different.. That defitnition is when sumone asked u a question and ask to give ur view not to bash that person personal life.. Do u kno well enuff to judge em I didn't think so. Let's put ur personal life on this post and let's see if u think hating or giving ur view is the samething. I didn't think so. Dummy! Smh.
Sweet!'s picture

Hating or Hater whatever you

Hating or Hater whatever you wanna say it from commentin on ur view of sumone situration is totally different. Who ever said that is dumb go back and fired ur higher education for teaching you down. When you bash sumone for no reason becuz that person is happy or what ever the case may be. That's called hating u dnt kno that person so why r u beenin so negative towards them. Now stating ur view is different.. That defitnition is when sumone asked u a question and ask to give ur view not to bash that person personal life.. Do u kno well enuff to judge em I didn't think so. Let's put ur personal life on this post and let's see if u think hating or giving ur view is the samething. I didn't think so. Dummy! Smh.
Sweet!'s picture

Three times, seriously??!!

Three times, seriously??!! Come on now. You need to fix your computer, your "post comment" button is messed up.
Lisa's picture

idfl reading but this song is

idfl reading but this song is wack
Anonymous's picture

aww, I'm excited for

aww, I'm excited for Keyshia's return! Nice interview. www.citizette.com
Lizzy's picture

I SEE KEYSHIA CALLED HER TEAM

I SEE KEYSHIA CALLED HER TEAM AND TOLD THEM GET TO COMMENTING. LOL. GUESS SHE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE HOODRAT PLEASE COMMENTS DIDNT OUT WEIGH THE GOOD. SHES A MARY J KNOCK OFF. AND TURNED HER BACK ON HER FAMILY. NOT TO MENTION YALL GIVE SO MANY WOMEN HELL ABOUT THEIR TATTOOS .HERS ARE HARD TO LOOK AT. SHES FROM OAKLAND WAS SHE A GANGBANGER FIRST? THE TATTS WOULD MAKE ME SAY YES. AND ITS WEIRD SHE GOT HER DUDES NAME THE SAME PLACE FANTASIA GOT COOKS NAME. OH AND THEN COVERED IT UP
ANONYMOUS's picture

no I doubt she called her

no I doubt she called her people up hater. she just has a lot of fans of her music and tv show. that's why she sold MILLIONS or records. She doesnt have to call anybody up. I bought her CDS and I like that she is real. She just has a lot of fans. Get over it!
morgan rocks's picture

love keyshia

love keyshia
baby j's picture

That right Keyshia it is a

That right Keyshia it is a lot of woman in the town that would to make it out but you was one of the lucky ones.... And you have paved the way for so many less fortune young ladies but you keep our thoughts running wild because in OAKLAND CALIFORNIA is is a lot of negativity but you let us know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I PERSONALLY LOVE YOU FOR THAT coming from EAST OAKLAND myself we are some strong black woman.....Just a question what ever happen to AMINA LOVE KEYSHIA COLE-GIBSON LOL
TANISHA's picture

TOWN BIZZINESS

TOWN BIZZINESS
TANISHA's picture

she's come into her own. I'm

she's come into her own. I'm glad she's at a much happier place in life.
Design Indulgences's picture

loves her she ghetto but

loves her she ghetto but she's a standup chic
leesh's picture

How did you know you found

How did you know you found the one? KC: Because he knows. That was the TRUTH!! Listen up ladies.. Men CHOOSE their wives, not th eother way around!
Anonymous's picture

Aren't they still 'engaged'?

Aren't they still 'engaged'? If so, he made the step towards choosing her. But still hasnt made it all the way. Whats up with that??
LexiLex's picture

I'm pretty sure that's not

I'm pretty sure that's not what Keyshia was trying to say.
Anonymous's picture

i love keyshia.. all u sour

i love keyshia.. all u sour ass ppl needa shut up. and if i get a reply... that means u have guilty conscience. lmao.nobody knows what goes on in her life. and for the way she was done as a child, she deserves her blessings. nobody was really there for her. but the few who were im sure she showed them love now that she is stable. i feel she was affected by her family situations. she cuda went the same route. anyway on a positive note, love keyshia. congrats to her and her life. im not where she is n life ut also i am not salty and sour. participate...
@iloveeevictoria's picture

I have to give her this. She

I have to give her this. She achieved financial success, and her child and any more she chooses to have are well provided for. I'm no Keyshia Cole fan, but I admire her for that. The rest of us are stuck trying to dig our way thru college debt, thru credit card debt, thru mortgages, thru just plan LIFE. Hats off to her.
Cinnamon Chick's picture

I feel you on that one, kuz

I feel you on that one, kuz i'm trying to dig myself out of credit card debt, so i give her her props too for making a better life for her and her child. She seems like a real cool down to earth girl who make it out the hood, no matter what it took and me being from South Central / Watts (the worst part of L.A) i commend her on making a better life and getting out of the "hood" better than most of us have!
Anonymous's picture

THATS HER MANS AUTOGRAPGH ON

THATS HER MANS AUTOGRAPGH ON HER SHOULDER.....CUTE IDEA BUT IT LOOKS LIKE SCRIBBLE SCRABBLE.....LMAO
anonymous's picture

thats boobie her mans name on

thats boobie her mans name on her shoulder....she got it right after they met and mto posted it. she didnt even have a child. if she like it i love it. her song with nikki sounds terrible and a bit arrogant but with negative people like ybf saying ish like oh hows your comeback. she was bound to make a song like i aint thru. i personally dont care for the way she left her family for a man. my momma is a drug addict and some things we cant do together but she is still my momma. people give monica and mary a hard time about being so straight up and putting things out so the truth can be heard. im sick of this chick posting her jewelry pics and babydaddy (he aint her husband yet) and other stuff as well. not to mention after exploiting her family, then when she was finished leaving them in atlanta and then hooking back up with them on twitter. she gets a side eye
TRUTHHURTS*'s picture

so unfollow her

so unfollow her
Anonymous's picture

Love Keyshia, love how she

Love Keyshia, love how she opened up and showed us her family, her struggles etc...it just made her seem so real. So many celebrities do not open up and want to come off like they have have the perfect life, perfect upbringing etc I love Keyshia because you can relate to her on soooo many levels!!! Keep making music Keyshia! Luv ya!!!
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