Check out the new song from YannaBe – Check Me Out
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am from Selma, AL but more importantly I am from a musical family which is mainly how I got to this position. My family was always encouraging me to work hard and love music. I may have loved it a little more than they preferred though – I took a lot of risks and made a lot of mistakes for the sake of succeeding in the music business, but it was all worth it. I am in the best situation possible right now and I found my home with Meta4ever Musik.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Check Me Out, a song I wrote after a breakup, was intended to encourage independence and confidence for my ladies! We get to feeling down on ourselves (especially after being rejected) and as much as we want someone to look at us, we become afraid to be open and show who we really are. Check Me Out is showing that I’m not afraid! Look, listen, like what you see in the mirror, and buy Check Me Out on iTunes March 26th!
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
I waited to get my foot in the door for four or five years, so that to me has to be my hardest challenge. Some people would say I was lucky to break within the time that I did and at this age, but good luck is a myth. Real luck is when preparation meets opportunity and thank God I was prepared when my opportunity finally came.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I had one of the worst writer’s block of my entire life right before I signed with Meta4ever Musik. Nobody knew because I had unreleased bits and pieces to play around with but it shook my confidence. Unfortunately (most times) the only way to bounce back from writer’s block is to wait it out. Fortunately though, nothing lasts forever and you come out with a new hunger when it’s gone!
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Artists need to be mindful of their own mouths, their own egos, and their own money. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, don’t be too big to help “the little people,” and don’t let others count all your dollars for you! We hear those sayings all the time, but really I see too many potential superstars squander themselves out of money, opportunities, and fans. Save yourself the trouble and leave attitudes back in your broke days.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
To all the female rapper-singer-songwriters: know that you’re fabulous, forget about the critics, and stay consistent! I used to think no matter what I did that I’d be compared to Nicki Minaj and I was completely correct. All female rappers will get the Nicki Minaj comparison because she’s hot now, she’s the reigning queen, but true fans will see you for who you really are and come to your defense. So be their leader, not a follower, and you’ll do fine.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Shows! Being onstage in front of people who have no clue who you are is the ultimate test and the ultimate high. All artists want a crowd to know their lyrics and go crazy over them instantly in the beginning, but you have to earn that. I’ll look back on these days after a while and know that my energy and efforts were all worth it.
Where can people visit you?
They can “Check Me Out” at meta4ever.com/yannabe.