Treasure Davis

Summer Loving: Treasure Davis On Her 'Heart Flavored Summer' EP

Treasure Davis has your summer soundtrack on lock

Don't let Treasure Davis' sugary sweet demeanor fool you. The California-bred songstress—who has written for Chris Brown, sang background for Keri Hilson, Kelly Price, Nicki Minaj and Keyshia Cole, and collaborated with Kid Ink and J. Cole—is now soaking up the spotlight on her own with her Heart Flavored Summer EP (via ByStorm Entertainment and RCA Records).

Treasure recently previewed her summer soundtrack at VIBE HQ (spoiler alert: the four-song package fits any relationship status) and discusses her musical beginnings, penning her emotions and the best lyric she's ever scribed.

SEE ALSO: Treasure Davis Tries To Keep It ‘Simple’ With Kid Ink On Her New Single

VIBE: How does your song-writing process begin?
Treasure Davis: Usually, I’ll get in a room with whatever producer and a writer, and we’ll just start talking. And it could just start off talking about like, 'What was going on today?' and eventually, with creative minds, it spirals down to something that everybody's like “Yeah, I felt something like that before," and I’ll come in and say, “Man, this is the colors I feel.” I see a lot in colors. I'll say, "I just feel like greens and purples." We'll just start to set the atmosphere and then build from there. A lot of times, I’ll recall a feeling or a moment or something. I’ve got crazy friends-if I don’t seek stuff out, they do. So if I don’t have material, somebody around me does but, just recalling an intense emotion and allowing it to just color the mic.

Was that the case for "Heart Flavored Sucker", too?
Actually, the funny thing about that story is that [RCA exec] Mark Pitts, who signed me, called me and was like, “Treas! You gotta hear this record! I’m finna send you this record. I heard this record and I thought it was dope! Yo! You gotta hear this record, and it’s not even finished but you gotta hear this right now!” 

So he e-mailed me and it wasn’t finished. It was just the first verse and the hook, and I’m like “Yoooooo!” So I went in and finished writing it, and then Luke Christopher hopped on the remix version of it, which was super dope because then you get the other perspective of the douche-y jerk that made the girl feel that way. It’s like everybody has kind of been in that place. Well, maybe not everybody but, you give your all to a situation that’s like, "This is fine," but it’s not. So, it’s just that expression. 

I feel like you have the most poppin’ Rolodex because you’re working with everybody from Kid Ink to J. Cole.
So many things have [happened] organically. I won't really consider it random but like singing background. I don’t know how I did it! I never auditioned for a job. I never sought out a background singer position. Literally, somebody called me and asked me [if I wanted] to do that. Going in and writing with Chris Brown, I just happened to know another really great writer and another good friend of mine who was just like, 'Yo, come in.' All these doors just said, 'Oh, hello! Come inside.'

My best friend went to prom with Kid Ink, so all of these things come back around full circle and it’s really dope. Eric Bellinger, [who] wrote one of those songs with me. I remember he was in a group before he was a writer and a solo artist so I remember being in his studio and just grinding out.

Let’s start from the beginning. Did you grow up in a music household?
Both of my parents are artistic. My father is a visual artist and so is my mother, but I grew up in a household with my mother, brother, and sister and it was full of music all the time. I grew up listening to a lot of oldies. My brother and sister are six, seven years older than me, so even though I was in elementary school, I was listening to R. Kelly like I thought I was that girl in the first or second grade, singing "Bump N' Grind"—no business singing that little girl!  Just a Kindergartener rapping Snoop! But I listened to a lot of '90s R&B, and then I went to a real ghetto middle school, Pacific Palisades Middle School. That’s when I really started getting into rap more on my own ... So then I started being exposed to more alternative music like The Beatles and stuff like that. Just really opening up my palette to just dope music, wherever it comes from, which I feel like a lot of people are embracing more because the Internet makes everybody listen to everything. 

Because of your diverse influences, where do you feel like your music lies?
I feel like there’s definitely an honest, sincere soul element that I can’t get away from just because I believe in passion and sincerely telling a story. It just makes me feel good. And then, there's that knock. I think listening to a lot of The Beatles and a whole plethora of dope songwriters, from Carole King to whomever, made me fall in love with dope melodies. Sweet melodies. So, probably somewhere in there. It’s going to reach you from here (points to heart), but you also hear a true story and a sweet melody.

Do you think that’s going to be the biggest selling point for your EP?
I feel like different people listen to music for different reasons. I know that even in different places in my life, I listened to music for different reasons. I might gravitate to something 'cause it knocks and go, 'Yeah, this is my song.' And then in the fall, I might go, 'Damn, they’re saying some shit.' Then in the winter, you’re booed up and it means something different. So, Heart Flavored Summer is perfect because it kind of has a groove you can move to in the summertime, and I think that definitely will impact people. It’s a good summer soundtrack. Everybody falls in love and does stupid things. 

Lastly, what is a lyric you've written that you hold closest to your heart?
It’s probably, 'What if you’re the one?” Because that goes beyond the relationship. It’s the job, the career move, this is safe. I know that this is safe, but I never even imagined this: what if you're the one? Am I stupid if I don’t take a chance on this? That’s open to anything.

Dive into Treasure Davis' Heart Flavored Summer EP here.

Photo Credit: RCA

From the Web

More on Vibe


Maryland Judge Overturns Jury's Decision To Award Korryn Gaines Family $37 Million

A Maryland judge has overturned a jury's decision to award the surviving family of Korryn Gaines $37 million. The 23-year-old was shot twice, along with her 5-year-old son Kodi, during an hour-long standoff in August 2016. The child survived Gaines did not.

According to CNN, Baltimore County Circuit Court Associate Judge Mickey J. Norman stated in an opinion Cpl Royce Ruby's conduct was "entitled to qualified immunity," which translates as Ruby was well within his rights as a member of law enforcement and is "shielded from liability for civil damages."

Norman's opinion states Ruby acted within the margins of the law. "This court has found that Corporal Ruby is entitled to qualified immunity and therefore, his shooting of Gaines was not unlawful."

However, Norman states the damages Gaines' surviving family was seeking were "excessive and shocks the conscience."

The jury awarded $32.85 million to Gaines' son Kodi, $23, 542 for his medical bills and $4.53 million to Gaines' daughter Karsyn Courtney. The jury also found it fit to award Gaines' mother Rhanda Dormeus $307,000 and $300,000 to her father Ryan Gaines.

Judge Norman said the court would grant a new civil trial on account of this new opinion.

J. Wyndal Gordon, Gaines' family lawyer said the family is disappointed but not "defeated nor deterred from doing what must be done now."

"We have great appellate issues and an excellent opportunity to have reviewed not just the recent decision but some of the earlier decisions in the case that were disfavorable," Gordon said. "Nobody told us the road would be easy. I don't believe God brought us this far to leave us. This case is by no means over. We will fight to the finish to preserve the jury's verdict and restore justice to the family."

Baltimore County police spokesperson confirmed that Cpl Royce Ruby is still a member of the department.

Continue Reading
Alberto E. Rodriguez

Jussie Smollett's Attorneys Deny Actor Paid $3,500 To Orchestrate Attack

Sources close to the Jussie Smollett investigation have spoken with several media outlets and allege new evidence shows the Empire actor may have orchestrated the attack, and even paid men $3,500 to go through with it.

The two men who are brothers were arrested Wednesday and released Friday (Feb. 15) without charges. Both men are cooperating fully with Chicago police, and authorities found records they purchased a rope at a local hardware store, which was used during the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd S. Pugh, and Victor P. Henderson, quickly denied the claim made by authorities.

"As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with," the statement read. "He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying."

On Jan. 29, Smollett was leaving a Subway fast-food restaurant when the actor alleges to have been attacked by two men who beat him, poured bleach on him and tried to hang a rope around his neck. The 35-year-old entertainer, who identifies as gay, said one of the men shouted "This is MAGA country" as well as other racial and homophobic slurs.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said one of the men appeared on Empire and have past affiliation with Smollett.

During his interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America Thursday (Feb. 14), Smollett expressed frustration about not being believed. Sunday morning (Feb. 17) the hashtag 'JussieSmollettHoax' trended on Twitter. The Internet was split with many offering a digital "I told you so" due to the reports, while others, particularly members of the black LGBTQ community, questioning why many were quick to believe the word of law enforcement.

Us straight men waiting on the LGBT community to apologize after Jussie lied

— Flickens McCray (@Mickens__) February 17, 2019

No idea what actually happened w/ Jussie Smollett. But do know that 4 years ago, Chicago PD spent 13 months justifying Laquan McDonald’s murder before releasing dashcam video showing he was walking away before being shot at 16x by an officer. Why are we just accepting their word?

— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) February 17, 2019

Continue Reading

Dave Chappelle Personally Provides Tickets To Couple Who Were Scammed On Craigslist

One couple's Valentine's Day was made thanks to Dave Chappelle after they were scammed out of $500 dollars on Craigslist trying to buy the tickets to see the comedian.

Diedra and Eddie Dickens story was brought to light by WBTV on Wednesday (Feb. 13) when the couple shared how they were robbed online. In an effort to surprise her husband for Valentine's Day, Diedra attempted to buy tickets to see Chappelle on Valentine's Day after hearing he would perform in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. After she was unable to find tickets on Ticketmaster, she tried Craigslist where she found a perfect match for her and her husband, who would've needed a wheelchair accessible seat.

“They were seats one through four so those would be great because I could put my husband in seat one at the end of an aisle and that kind of good stuff,” she said.

But after sending $500 via Apple Pay to the seller, she never heard back. Diedra filed a police report after she was unable to get in touch with the seller.

“I was having good faith and it cost me $500,” she said. “You have no empathy or goodness, or I don’t know, maybe no soul."

After their story was shared on the local news, Chappelle's team caught wind of what happened and decided to surprise the couple on Thursday (Feb. 14), who decided to have dinner with friends.

Last night we told you this Charlotte couple was scammed out of hundreds of dollars trying to buy @DaveChappelle tickets on Craigslist. Tonight we were there as DAVE HIMSELF hand-delivered the group tickets! Awesome! @WBTV_News

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

Shocked and amazed, the couple was thrilled to meet the comedy legend who hand-delivered real tickets to his show. He chatted and took pictures with the couple while sharing the importance of buying tickets from credible platforms.

"Someone on my team called me, actually last night, and told me about this situation and we thought it'd be fun to do that for someone for Valentine's Day," he said to WBTV, who helped him find the couple. "I didn't expect to be on the news doing it but I'm glad, that's good. It's good that people know to always get your tickets from reliable sources and take every opportunity that's presented to you to be kind, especially if it's something that's easy to do."

Here’s a portion of our interview with @DaveChappelle. Great quote - “Take any opportunity that’s presented to you to be kind, especially if it’s something easy to do.” @WBTV_News

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

Check out the good deed above.

Continue Reading

Top Stories