Singled Out: "Life After Diddy-Dirty Money Has Been Like Waking Up And Smelling The Roses"
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 1:15PM
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After West Coast rapper Locksmith gets down to the "Bottom" of things, Diddy Dirty Money artist Kalenna explains how the money never stops flowing if you're willing to work.]
Life after Diddy-Dirty Money has been like waking up and smelling the roses, you know what I'm sayin' [laughs]? I'm getting back to my true essence and its been a process of growth. I did a lot of writing on the album but the thing is, we're Dirty Money for life ... we did something that was never done before and if Diddy wanted to put another album out -- he could, because we have that much content. But right now, my main focus is my solo project.
I'm really excited about being able to do my own project, the album's first single, "Go to Work" is one of those tracks that had me excited to see how people were going to receive it.
We've had people say, "Oh, [that song] has a lot of cursing," and things like that but guess what -- we have freedom of speech, and I'm not cursing in a way that downs anyone; it was me expressing myself. The point of the song is to go to work ... not for anyone else, not to "keep up with the Joneses" it's about puttin' in work to take care of you and your family.
I wanted to make sure that I have a message in my music. I don't want to come of preachy and so what I'm doing with this album is talking about love from the male standpoint and what we should do as women for our men to be better men. For example, I'm not gonna automatically get mad at my man if he been at work all day and he comes home an hour late ... maybe I'll stop and think about the fact that he's stressed out from trying to get me that purse I wanted or whatever.
So instead of jumping down his throat the moment he walks through the door, let me as a woman, handle my business and build my man up instead of chopping him down.
I think that's something women need to hear: You can still be a boss and not knock your man down.
Check out "Go to Work" Below: