elle-varner-mixtape

V Exclusive! Elle Varner Talks About Her New Mixtape and Upcoming Debut Album (PG. 2)

Well said. And now your upcoming album is called Perfectly Imperfect. What was the meaning behind the title?
The meaning behind the title has double meanings. One for literal music on the album. There’s like so many points on the album where maybe there was a mistake in the vocal or the track or in the mix and it was kept because it was part of the sound or the vibe and the other meaning is just really the place that I came to when I was really ready for this and I said, “Ok, I have my album. This is it. This is me. Who I am. I’m perfectly imperfect.” Just how I’ve come to accept myself and something that I want to share with other people because it’s such a powerful message, a powerful thought to say, “Hey, I’m perfectly imperfect the way I am.” I thought it tied in everything together nicely and it’s introducing me, “I’m Elle Varner. I’m perfectly imperfect. How’s it goin’?” *laughs*

When can we expect this album to drop?
I will say definitely looking the spring but the most important thing is to not put it out too soon because everything is starting to grow and the buzz is getting so much bigger and bigger.
How is the mixtape different?
This is a project that I had a lot of fun with, that I was able to take a total different approach to making music because an album is a big epic thing but with a mixtape, you have fun, you sample things, you redo songs, it’s kinda like whatever you want. There’s no rule. I have some very hilarious songs on there. I have some, literally intimate songs in terms of you’re getting a real intimate look into my life and what I’m going through. And it’s just great songs, a lot of uptempo, I don’t even think there’s a ballad on there.

So it’s like the fun side of Elle Varner.
Yeah, it’s the fun side of Elle Varner, it’s the uninhibited, kind of the wild side I guess.

Now there’s a line in “Only Wanna Give It To You” where you sing about the digital ocean that I feel like everybody is being swept by these days. Are you a fan of Twitter and social media?
I am and I’m not. I think it’s crazy how it’s become a part of daily life. It’s like the phone. Everything is like Twitter, Twitter, Twitter. I think it’s kind of difficult because you have to be, well you don’t have to be, responsible for the things you say and people just say whatever comes to their head without really thinking about the implications.

Has a fan ever tweeted you something extremely crazy?
Oh my god, yes. I have to try to remember. I get a lot of like weird marriage proposals and just like, like I said, I have to think about the things I say. For example, if I say “I’m so sleepy” and then some guy will be like, “Oh, I’ll come put you to bed.” So it gets kinda weird. I’m like really careful.

I also read that you graduated from NYU’s Clive Davis Department. How did it feel and was finishing your education an important goal before fully embarking on a music career?
I’m very proud of myself for pushing through because like a lot of artists and musicians, it’s tough to finish and I’m happy that I did. I’m happy that I got a chance to grow up before I was under the spotlight because if I had gone straight into the music industry from high school, I would’ve been exposed to this whole crazy world without really going through all the stuff you go through in college and traveling so I’m grateful that I did it. It’s allowed me to have a leg up in the industry from the business side, from the musical side, understanding production and engineering and all those things. And I recommend it to everybody. Honestly I don’t recommend going to college because it’s safe to go, because if you don’t really wanna go and you don’t have any passion or anything you wanna get out of it, then it’s a waste of your time and money so if you know what you wanna do, if you wanna be an architect, if you wanna be a doctor, if you wanna be a lawyer, then definitely go.

Did you have a fallback plan in case music didn’t work out?
Nope! *laughs* I guess songwriting. If I wasn’t an artist, I would be a songwriter, but I think I would have to be in the music industry somehow.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Kevin Winter

Donnie McClurkin Sent To Hospital Following Car Accident

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

READ MORE: Big K.R.I.T. Drops Surprise Gospel-Influenced 'Thrice X' EP

Continue Reading
Douglas Grundy

Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Dec 10, 2018 at 12:43pm PST

READ MORE: Nicki Minaj Plans To Sue 'Daily Mail' TV Host Jesse Palmer

Continue Reading
John Moore

Sandy Hook Elementary Evacuates After Bomb Threat On 6th Anniversary Of Mass Shooting

Sandy Hook Elementary School was reportedly forced to evacuate its students and administration on Friday (Dec. 14), after receiving a bomb threat, CNN reports. The incident occurred on the sixth anniversary of the school's tragic mass shooting.

Newtown, Connecticut Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde stated that the threat didn't appear to be substantial, but they decided to  evacuate the facility as an extra precaution.

Bomb squads reportedly swept the school and surrounding area for explosive devices but did not discover anything on the property. They later concluded that there was no immediate threat. The school administration dismissed students and faculty for the rest of the day however, considering the previous incident.

As previously noted, Sandy Hook endured a horrific mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult, staff members.

Earlier this month, thousands of documents were released about Lanza that revealed his mental state and social status in the years leading up to the shooting.

The shooting is not believed to be in connection to the recent string of bomb scares around the nation that targeted major politicians including the former first families Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Continue Reading

Top Stories