Niykee Heaton: “If AC/DC, Bob Dylan and Kanye Had A Sexy Ass Orgy—That’s Me”

Niykee Heaton has garnered attention from YouTubers, then around the world for her acoustic rap covers recorded in her bedroom—her cover of ‘Love Sosa’ was picked up by World Star Hip Hop only to alert listeners and musicians alike to her repertoire of covers, spanning Fetty Wap, Ty Dolla $ign, and of course, Drake. She’s been since co-signed by Chief Keefe himself, Pusha T, and Kanye West. So when Niykee sings, listen up. Here, she poses for an exclusive shoot and tells us advice for young girls, her Instagram persona, and best of all, what we can expect from her upcoming music.

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What inspires you?

Everything around me. I observe, feel, and perceive things so differently, and deeply. I draw inspiration from what I surround myself with. That’s why I only fuck with authentic, genuine, and dope shit.

How would you describe your music?

My manager, Lauren, once put it into words perfectly: “If AC/DC, Shakespeare, Bob Dylan, and Kanye had a sexy ass orgy.” That’s me.

Where did this massive Instagram following come from, and how has it changed your life?

My social media presence was never something I planned. It was not a marketing scheme, or well thought out ploy. From the beginning, I just wanted to be genuine and authentic with my fans and never portray anything that wasn’t vigorously honest. I’m naked most of the time, I’m extremely blunt, and I let my Instagram reflect that. And I think that’s why my fans fuck with me so hard, because they really, truly know me, as a person. Not a well-constructed facade.

How do you relate to your own sexuality?

My thoughts are, if a man can walk around showing his body, confidently presenting their sexuality, and be praised for it; then why can’t I do it? Men are regarded as “players” and “bachelors” but if a female acts in the same manner, we get a scarlet letter branded on us. It’s not fair, and I’m not going to be ashamed of my confidence because society hasn’t caught up. That’s their problem, not mine.

What’s up with the active wear all day? I feel like you started this trend. 

I’ve always had an hourglass shape, and I used to try to pour my ass into Hollister jeans so I could dress like the other girls. Ripped so many pairs. Finally I realized that I have to dress for my body,accentuate my dips and curves, strap in the rest, and leggings really accommodated that. I look the best and feel the most comfortable in stretchy/workout clothes. Fuck jeans.

We heard Kanye put a stamp of approval on your music. How did that come about?

Craziest night of my life. Me and my manager were working out of this tiny closet studio, and we heard a knock on the door. Kanye politely asked if he could come in and chat. So while me and Lauren were trying not to implode from excitement and awe, he told us that he was so impressed by our brand, and movement, and to keep doing what we’re doing. He listened to my music, and told me to never change. I promise, Kanye. I promise.

What is ‘girl power’ to you?

Love, acceptance and strength. Not spewing jealousy and hate towards other females, not trying to tear each other down. But instead, trying to build each other up, band together, and run this shit.

What advice do you have for young girls who look up to you?

Love yourself. Be proud of your individuality. Stop trying to fit in, and mold into what you’re told to be. You don’t have to measure up to society standards. You can break the rules, and create a new standard. Be you, unapologetically.

What is the worst pick up line you have ever heard?

Any line that involves an old man calling me “delicious”. Stop.

What is next for you in 2015/16?

I’m just trying to make be best music I possibly can, and give it to my fans. Hopefully within the next couple months, I will start touring and continue the movement.

Who is your music idol?

My idols are Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. I grew up listening to folk and bluegrass music because of my older siblings, and these were the men who taught me what music really was. I studied their writing, and compositions, and strived to attain their level of mastery. I also studied Diana Ross’s tone when I was 6 years old and copied her until I could mimic her melodies. So I guess I got my light falsetto from Diana, my twang from Dylan, and my deep ass, throaty vibe from Mr. Waits.

Galore Mag Niykee Heaton

Galore Mag Niykee Heaton

Galore Mag Niykee Heaton

Galore Mag Niykee Heaton

Photography and Creative Direction by Prince + Jacob


 

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