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Vixen Initiation: Kyndall Talks The Purity Of Music That She Strives To Preserve

The rising R&B songbird has been initaited. 

Bold, wise and driven: Kyndall is unapologetically making moves.

The Houston-bred beaut’s EP Still Down that released a month ago with Atlantic Records is a permanent stamp for Kyndall’s enrollment in the game. Woven with her own sultry and trendy style, introspective lyrics, and undeniable vibes, she proves that she is more than just a pretty face behind a mic. Her latest video drop for the single “Close To Me” was a lens into her ability to capture attention behind the camera, amidst a gloomy day on the beach. The singer-songwriter has been in the game since she was 15, and her growth and overall experience has allowed her to bring a youthful wisdom to R&B music.

Vixen had the opportunity to interview Kyndall and discuss love, her purpose as a musician, and the purity of music that she strives to preserve, no matter what. Her down-to-earth and infectious spirit resonate in every word she spoke. Take a peep below of the rising star, Kyndall. – Olivia Jade Khoury 

 

VIBE Vixen: Congratulations on your latest video drop for “Close To Me.”  You looked amazing and I noticed it was recorded in your hometown of Galveston, TX. A lot of artists implement their region's style into their brand. How would you describe your hometown and how does it affect your style, or influence you, as an artist?

Kyndall: I’m originally from Houston but I do spend a lot of time in Galveston, so it is a second home. Houston is swang and bang. Swerve and vibey. I’m definitely a product of my city.

You’re 19, talented and very composed for your age. How do you think you are breaking barriers when it comes to age stereotypes in music? Has age ever been an issue for you?

Honestly, it hasn't been. I entered the music industry at 15 so I was forced to grow up quicker than the average pre-teen. Therefore, I'm a little more mature and composed than most. When you're in a room full of adults that are judging your music and putting money behind you, and providing an opportunity you have to know what you're talking about. I left high school very young but it all worked out in the end. It's been an awesome journey thus far.

Because 19 is such a vital age in of blooming into womanhood and creating your own identity, what’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself as a young woman during this journey?

So much. The biggest thing I've learned is that it's so much better to stay quiet than open your mouth and say the wrong thing. You know, kicking back, not saying anything and just observing and letting things marinate. I still have my adolescent moments, but overall I try to do a lot of more observing than talking, which I feel is a sign of growing up. I’m fiery! I go off and say whatever is on my mind. My Twitter goes crazy, but I learn by observing first so it doesn’t get me in too much trouble.
To be a singer-songwriter, it requires vulnerability. How do you deal with writing lyrics that are personal and intimate to you? And what’s your process?

I wish it was easy to be broken hearted and just write a song about it. I have my moments where I just freak out and cry. In those heated moments I take my iPhone and type up a bunch of notes of how I feel – it's all about not holding anything back. In the studio, I refer to those moments and write those feelings I felt. It's a raw process. It really helps me because I have to feel exactly what I was feeling at that exact moment. I can't hide anything, it's like therapy for me.

Who are your musical influences or someone you look up to in the industry?

Janet Jackson. I'm influenced by 90's R&B. That's when people were really writing and making crazy melodies and harmonies. I admire the fact that they were just being real about how they felt and putting it into song. In today's musical landscape I love Kanye, Travis Scott and Tory Lanez.

You’ve worked with amazing producers like Boi 1da and Maejor Ali, are there any other artists or producers you’ve got your eye on for future endeavors?

Definitely. It’s a true, hands on collab process between Chef Tone and I. We get in the studio, listen to a bunch of tracks, and do our best to capture the tone and the overall sound of the record. We just let it flow. There are so many people I love to work with, but my music is too delicate for picking people that just work. I'm not like that. I'm all about vibes and energy. It's about preserving the authenticity of the music and not compromising the music, ever. That's the real, unfiltered process.

What is your purpose as a young, female artist?

I love that question. There are so many young, female artists and we are all trying to find our purpose. I'm always finding myself at the end of the day. I want to be the homegirl that can get a gal through whatever she's going through. Unfortunately, I didn’t have that because I started in the industry so young and wasn't able to really have that core group of girls or best friend that I can go to so I have to be that for somebody. It comes with the territory. I want to be that honest person people can relate to. I want them to know they aren’t going through this alone. I'm singing word for word exactly what you're going through.

How do you deal with society’s standards of beauty?

It's kind of an everyday struggle. For people to say we don't care about how we look is false. We all have those insecure moments. We want our waist to be smaller or butt to be bigger, our face to be clear, etc. I deal with this on the daily. I try and not to be affected by society’s standards, but hey I wear my waist trainer and work out everyday just like everyone else. But it's not that I'm being insecure, I just strive everyday to be a little bit better than I was the day before. I would say society's standards of beauty have pushed me to be better, but I disagree with the fact that it tells young girls how they're supposed to look. It’s a sensitive topic, but I'm in the stick of it. It's about balance.

What did your first love teach you?

He taught me how to lie and get away with it. I'm not a liar, but in him lying to me and cheating I got to take the backseat and observe how to get good at it. Now, I'm able to peep when someone is lying or deceiving me, you know? I got really good at picking the liars from those who are really real with me. That relationship also taught me how to love. He taught me what love should be when he wasn’t ready for it. He taught me what I deserve and what I needed, and now those are my standards. I stepped up my game. Funny enough, he raised the stakes of what I want from another guy. These days, I'm cool on relationships. I can deal with situationships not relationships. There's work to be done.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give to other young women?

Surround yourself with real people. Real trill n*ggas that care for you, that would take a bullet for you, that aren’t fake and  on’t talk about you behind your back. You cant change the way your life is going to go, but as long as you have a real crew then you can't go wrong. I hate dealing with things alone so I like to surround myself with real people. Bullsh*t is inevitable but with real people it's better.

 

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Nicki Minaj Offers Advice To Women In Abusive Relationships

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter over the weekend to address her female fans. In a series of tweets, the MEGATRON artist offered advice to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship.

When u see a woman in a toxic relationship, rather than laugh & say mean things, try to offer sound advice from your heart & root for her to learn her worth. We’ve all been there. I saw my parents fight & argue non stop & never divorce, so I thought this was normal behavior...

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019

It's unknown what caused Sunday's tweets, (Sept. 1)  however, in 2018 Minaj revealed the abuse she witnessed as a child in her Apple Music documentary trailer, as well as two toxic relationships she experienced.

"I remember when my mother would let my father be violent with her, and she always brings up this story as a little girl, I would stand in front of my mother and go like this," she recalled while extending her arms.

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Newly engaged to music executive, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, Minaj re-opened the conversation on domestic violence, self-esteem, and toxic relationships. She offered words of encouragement and advice to those who could be in situations she was once in.

When u see a woman in a toxic relationship, rather than laugh & say mean things, try to offer sound advice from your heart & root for her to learn her worth. We’ve all been there. I saw my parents fight & argue non stop & never divorce, so I thought this was normal behavior...

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019

Minaj also provided a checklist of warning signs women shouldn't ignore if present in their relationship.

Dear all of you beautiful souls.

A man who loves you does not:

1. Humiliate you on social media 2. Beat you 3. Cheat on you 4. Call you out of your name/put you down to lower your self esteem due to his own insecurities. 5. Hide his phone, passwords, where abouts, etc.

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 1, 2019

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Hair Hero: Tracee Ellis Ross Launches Pattern Hair Care Line

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The multi-hyphenate blessed fans with news about the line called Pattern on Monday (Sept. 3). Ross told WWD her vision for Pattern started on the set of fan-favorite series, Girlfriends in 2008. After realizing she was one of the few actresses in La La Land rocking her natural curls, she put together the idea for Pattern, which specializes in curly, coily and textured hair.

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Thrilled to introduce PATTERN // my new hair care brand specifically for curly, coily, and tight textured hair.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ @patternbeauty is the result of 20 years of dreaming, 10 years in the making (I wrote my first brand pitch in 2008, right when girlfriends finished ) and 2 years of working with chemists. I’m so excited to share this with y’all. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ @patternbeauty is here to empower and nourish curly, coily and tight-textured hair. 3b to 4c. The formulas are unique and packed with luscious & safe ingredients-trust me I know, because my panel and I tried 74 different samples to get these 7 formulas for phase one.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ @patternbeauty is for those of us who need more than a quarter size of product. large conditioner sizes that actually fulfill the unmet needs of our community. accessible pricing because everyone should have access to their most beautiful hair in their own shower, and gorgeous packaging that conjures the legacy of our history and makes us all feel like the royalty that we are. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I’m excited for PATTERN to join the natural hair movement, and to celebrate our hair for what it is: beautiful! The line will be available on patternbeauty.com this Monday, September 9 at 9am ET!!!! #RockYourPattern

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