Young Money’s Shanell Talks Visiting Lil Wayne, Bangladesh & D. Woods

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Vibe / July 7, 2010

VIBE’s own Bonsu Thompson sits down with Young Money songstress Shanell to talk about her burgeoning career, visiting Lil Wayne in prison and Bangladesh. Check out the excerpts


ON BANGLADESH SAYING LIL WAYNE HASN’T PAID HIM

“First of all, it’s not Wayne. There’s a whole system behind every artist so if a producer or another artist has a problem with financial issues there’s a whole building, a whole system behind that kind of stuff. Bangladesh is a friend of mine so for him to just point out Wayne I kind of called him like, Dude… but he knows who he’s mad at and it’s not really Wayne.”

ON VISITING LIL WAYNE IN PRISON

“He’s as good as you can do but he wouldn’t show us other than that. He’s a very strong individual. He’ll be like yeah I’m good, I’m good, I’m good and he might cry after but we don’t see that side. He was entertainment. He was fun. He would dance around the studio and play jokes. We would be in the studio til the sun came up and if anybody fell asleep they would get a trick played on you and he was the ringleader of the trick. It’s just, his energy is missed.”

ON DYNAMICS WITH SISTER D. WOODS

“It’s funny because when I was watching the show, Making the Band, I saw so much hood chick in her that I ain’t never seen before. But I think it’s because her surroundings were so opposite. Because at home where we come from she was quiet. She keeps to herself. She’s get into what she’s into and me, I used to always run around on the streets, jumping fences and act like a little tomboy.”

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