Vixen Chat: Shanell Talks ‘Midnight Mimosas,’ Life Lessons from YMCMB and Being a Musical Multitasker

ShanellDo you have any celebrity crushes that you’ve been keeping your eye on?
Even though he looks weird, my all time celebrity crush since I was little is Johnny Depp. My other celebrity crush is Common. He’s an amazing actor and rapper. I’ve never met him, but I’d probably be so lame.

Have you ever looked at Weezy any (special) way?
People have asked me, ‘aren’t you married to him?’ and ‘aren’t you having a baby by him?’ I’ve gotten all kinds of comparisons and relationships and divorces and fantasy children with him, but that’s just a dear friend of mine. We’ve known each other since before Tha Carter 3. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve cried on his shoulder, he’s cried on my shoulder.

If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
Probably teaching dance or theater or creating shows. I really liked biology a lot. I wanted to be a veterinarian until I knew that you had to cut open the little dogs. I can’t do that.

What’s your advice for young individuals trying to take their hustle to the next step?
You definitely have to step outside of what’s comfortable and do something that’s unlike everybody; even unlike yourself. To me, that’s what an artist is and that’s why an artist is an artist. They don’t do what the population does. They’re bold enough to make a statement that the population can’t. You have to step outside of your comfort zone and really pronounce yourself.