When: Fri., March 4, 10 p.m. 2016
It may have been a hot minute since you last heard about Kreayshawn, but that’s not to say she hasn’t been busy. The Bay Area artist is best known for the fierce but short-lived hip-hop collective White Girl Mob (featuring V-Nasty and Lil Debbie). Much can be said about the trio, but, in short, sometimes doing hoodrat shit with your friends pays off. Kreayshawn’s big break came when a release almost too perfect for its time, “Gucci Gucci,” went viral. If you remember this gem, it’s likely you listened to the sophisticated girl-power anthem on repeat. In the corresponding video, you can see and hear Kreayshawn’s modus operandi: a DIY attitude offset by alternative-school bad-girl aesthetics and quick-witted lyrics laid to hype party beats. If there was any doubt of how genuinely punk Kreayshawn is, consider her recent opting out of her record deal, thus becoming her own boss, after giving birth to her son. Nowadays, Kreay still has a heavy online fan base that stays tuned in to her real life hustle: that of being a 26-year-old single mother while DJing and running her own podcast — #KREAYDIO — as well as designing jewelry and slanging vintage garbs online. Because you just can’t cheat the grind.