Unveiling Cherelle K: The Rising Star in Hip-Hop

In the vibrant tapestry of Louisiana’s music scene, one name is carving out its own unique niche: Cherelle K. Born and bred in the heart of Louisiana, Cherelle K’s journey from the bayous of the South to the bustling streets of the hip-hop world is as captivating as her lyrical prowess.

 

A product of Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Cherelle K emerged from academia armed with a degree in Mass Communications, specializing in Electronic Media. But her passion for storytelling didn’t confine itself to the classroom; instead, it blossomed into a love affair with the art of hip-hop. Fuelled by her innate creativity and a profound appreciation for the electric media, Cherelle K embarked on a journey that would see her script her own narrative in the world of music.

 

Behind the scenes, Cherelle K is the epitome of a modern-day renaissance woman. As a self-professed film aficionado, she immerses herself in the world of cinema, drawing inspiration from the captivating narratives and visual spectacles of the silver screen. Currently, she’s making waves as a live TV show director, showcasing her keen eye for detail and her knack for capturing the essence of storytelling in real-time. It’s this multifaceted approach to creativity that sets Cherelle K apart from her peers.

 

One of her most notable ventures is her involvement in the making of the groundbreaking film, “Barbette + Fontaine.” This cinematic gem has garnered acclaim on the global stage, with official selections in several prestigious film festivals. Notably, it clinched the Best Documentary Award at the LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival, cementing its status as a poignant exploration of identity and resilience.

 

Cherelle K’s foray into the world of hip-hop may have begun relatively recently, but her impact has been nothing short of seismic. In 2019, she dipped her toes into the waters of rap, channeling her thoughts and emotions into captivating verses that resonated with audiences far and wide. Her debut track, “NBTY Freestyle (Not Thinkin’ Bout Y’all),” made waves on SoundCloud, serving as a testament to her raw talent and unbridled passion for the craft.

 

Now, Cherelle K is poised to take the hip-hop world by storm with the release of her much-anticipated single and accompanying music video, “Last Name Kozak.” Scheduled for release on February 16th, this track promises to be a tour de force, showcasing Cherelle K’s evolution as an artist and her unapologetic commitment to authenticity.

 

Rooted in the nostalgia of the 90s hip-hop era, Cherelle K draws inspiration from its iconic style, fashion, and beats, infusing her music with a timeless quality that resonates with fans of all ages. Her performances, which have taken her across the length and breadth of Texas, are a testament to her magnetic stage presence and her ability to command the attention of audiences with her effortless charisma.

 

In a world where authenticity reigns supreme, Cherelle K stands as a beacon of hope for aspiring artists everywhere. With her unwavering dedication to her craft and her unapologetic commitment to telling her story, she’s poised to leave an indelible mark on the world of hip-hop and beyond. So, keep your eyes peeled and your ears primed, because Cherelle K is a force to be reckoned with, and her journey is only just beginning.

Exclusive interview with Cherelle K

What initially drew you to pursue a career in hip-hop music?

I always wanted to do music and become a performer.. I would performer all the time in front of family/family friends when I was younger.  It just took me a while to figure out what was my sound in

music.

How has your background in Mass Communications influenced your approach to crafting lyrics and storytelling in your music?

I think more than anything going to college and finishing taught me that hard work and consistence pays off and everything will work out fine in the end.

Can you share with us some of your biggest influences in both music and cinema? 

Mystical, martin Lawrence, missy Elliot, DMX, Eddie Murphy, Johnny Depp, Kendrick Lamar, lil wayne, queen latifa

 What inspired you to transition from being behind the scenes as a TV show director to stepping into the spotlight as a hip-hop artist? 

It was always the goal to step into the hip hop scene, but Timing is everything.

quot;Barbette + Fontaine " has received critical acclaim in the film festival circuit. How did your involvement in this project shape your artistic journey? 

By Learning how to work toward a common goal with a team and to believe in those visions.

 Your debut track, "NBTY Freestyle (Not Thinkin' Bout Y'all)," garnered attention on SoundCloud. What was the creative process behind this song? 

1st song I learned about range and hearing myself through music (range/visual), when I heard the beat I thought about a cookout.

What can fans expect from your upcoming single and music video, "Last Name Kozak"?

A Different and refreshing vibe, one that hasn’t been seen in a minute.

How do you infuse elements of the 90s hip-hop era into your music while still maintaining a contemporary sound?

The best answer I can give for this is I kinda feel like I’m on back to the future… I’m not from that era, but I can take what has inspired me from then and make it into my own.

What has been the most memorable moment of your journey as a hip-hop artist so far? 

Just the Genuine support from others. It’s like nothing else i have received before

How do you approach live performances, and what do you hope audiences take away from your shows? 

In my opinion, This is what it’s all about, connection with people through music.. It’s all about having fun and a good time.

As a female artist in a predominantly male-dominated genre, have you faced any challenges, and if so, how have you navigated them?

I lead with God first, but also I have an Excellent support system.

How do you balance your roles as both a musician and a visual storyteller in your creative endeavors?

No other option but to be creative in both spaces. I know what I want it to look like, my mind works off of visuals.

What advice would you give to aspiring artists who are looking to carve out their own path in the music industry?

Wake up every day and Try! Put yourself out there and have tunnel vision… everyone has an opinion, but none of them but yours will matter when you look back.

Can you share any details about your future projects or collaborations that fans can look forward to?

More visuals/ music, of course….but besides that performing more.. Putting myself out there. Performing during sxsw in austin and more festivals around Texas.

Finally, what message or emotion do you hope your music conveys to listeners, and what legacy do you aspire to leave with your artistry?

Be Happy being your authentic self. it’s okay different and not to know all the answers now, but you will figure it out. And To encourage people from all walks of life to follow their dreams regardless of what this is!