“You Don’t Have To Like Me, But YOU WILL RESPECT MY GIFT”: K. Michelle On Her Success In 2013
The year 2013 was a pretty amazing one for K. Michelle: Love and Hip Hop Atlanta had another successful season; she finally released her debut album, Rebellious Soul; the album went number two on the Billboard 100 and had a hit song in “V.S.O.P.”; she won a Soul Train award for Best New Artist, and she had her own tour. When we first met her on LHHATL two seasons ago, she was a long road from all this, as record execs barely wanted to give her a chance because of her past. But she’s made it to the big times. We know that, and K knows that, because she wrote an open letter (a la Ciara) for her Instagram followers, counting her blessings from 2013. Here’s what she had to say about the ups and downs:
What a year I had. The overexposed Coochie pic, the constant media bashing, the very obvious shade throwing towards me, winning best new artist at the soul Train awards, #1 R&B album, to V.S.O.P hitting#4 on the charts! SHEESH I thought I couldn’t get any stronger but this year made me a beast! It was me against the world and I made it. I didn’t always handle things right, but I handled them MY WAY. Always honest and straight 2the point. I thank my Rebels 4 being my backbone, y’all fight hard 4me EVERYDAY. I love you. People can say what they want about me, and never give me the accolades I deserve, but they can never take away my gift. It’s even scary to me my ability to connect with so many strong people and broken hearts. I shook this industry up,They can stay mad, cuz to them I’m not supposed to be here right now. But I kept my middle fingers held high and focused on HEARTS not the CHARTS Atlantic Records and MBK have smothered me with love. Love I didn’t even have for myself. Who would’ve thought this little country girl that everybody counted out would make it this far. I’m not class favorite, never wanted to be, but I am the REALEST. You don’t have to like me, But YOU WILL RESPECT MY GIFT. My music. I like this woman I have become. My momma prayed for me, and my God saved me. He is worth of all my praise!
What do you think about all she had to say in her letter? She’s definitely come a long way and hopefully she’ll remain humble as she continues on with all her endeavors. We shall see…