Blaine Belladonna is a female hip hop recording artist, raised on the South side of Chicago, and currently residing in Southern California. At a young age she grew a passion for music listening to artists such as Lil Kim, Jay Z, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, etc. Present Day, Ms. Belladonna is holding strong to her Chicago based team We On Ent. and building a global brand and fan base at the same time. She has traveled to various states with her music, from California, to Miami, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and more to come. She has been featured in Magazines such as Coast2Coast, Intice, etc. and on websites such as Worldstar Hiphop, vevo, ThisIs50, Spotify, etc. Following her newly released ” Story Of My Life” EP, Blaine Belladonna has A lot of new and exciting things in store for the upcoming year. Be on the look out for this Belizean Bombshell, She never fails to deliver the goods!
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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up on the south side of Chicago with a single mom and two brothers. We struggled but mom always made sure we were good even if she had to go without. I decided to become an artist at a young age when me and my cousins would have rap battles. I was the only girl and we would be in the living room rapping to Jayz instrumentals from the Hard knock life album and the Diplomats " Diplomatic Immunity 2" album. We had this old floor model tv in the living that didnt work and I would always find myself staring at it imagining my self on that screen one day.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Honestly no lol, I still need to book more gigs and get more airplay, so if anybody can give me some tips that would be appreciated for real. I cant give tips on something Im still currently working towards.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
I dont now but I used to and I hated it. I would just try to play it off as good as possible and try to hype the crowd up to get their mind off it then just pick back up and keep going. Im a perfectionist now and I think its because when I messed up I felt like I wasnt giving the crowd my all. They took the time to come out and see me so I make it a point to put on the best show possible.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Im not currently touring because I'm working on some new material for the new year. Once I get that wrapped up I would love to tour and share what i've been working on. The last time I went on tour one of the stops was in New York. Me and my team grabbed a couple rooms in this hotel and was chillin and having a good time. We ended up meeting this guy somehow, really cool guy, very humble. We were all having a conversation and he was telling us about himself next thing you know he takes out a bag of coke and starts doing lines on our hotel mini fridge. It tripped us out because at the time we were only used to Chicago lifestyles lol . Back home people didnt do coke and shit like that. you either drank or smoked weed, that's it.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
not right now. I just grabbed a few toys for the studio so im set right now. I currently work with Logic Pro.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I currently use social media, blogs, and stage performances. I notice that social media works best right now but once Im able to snag a few more gigs in Cali then I thing that would help a lot too.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
Thats hard because i Have a couple artists I would die to perform with. I would want to perform in DuBai with either Left Eye, Nicki Minaj, or Rihanna.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I have an entirely new game plan that I'm rolling out for 2018. No projects but I have a couple new singles that I'll be releasing. Keep your eyes opened for those.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
either something that has to do with music/ The arts or owning my own business.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
The new singles and the visuals to go with those as well as live performances.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
I want to shout out my ace God, even when Im at my lowest I know theres no place but up from there. My Family, WeOnEnt/WeOnFilms for always supporting my vision and journey. My Cousin Kojack back in New York that I actually just spoke to just now. I wont get into details but he just said some real shit to me that I really needed to hear right now that just fueled me to keep going, I love you cuz. And media mogul Diamond Kesawn, he's been supporting my movement since the first day I met him back in Atlanta. And to all My fans, yall will never know how grateful I am and how much I appreciate yall.