Zonnique grew up on a reality show & stayed chill
Zonnique is a woman who wears many hats. Or, in her case, many hairstyles. You might see her slaying some braids while she belts out a song from her latest EP, or perhaps you’ll see her with a pink bob while working on her beauty line. Or, maybe you remember watching her grow up on her T.I. and Tiny’s reality show with black hair and rainbow highlights.
Zonnique’s look is always changing, but her focus stays the same – to “make [herself] happy in every way as an artist” and keep doing the shit that she loves. We talked to the multi-disciplinary babe about her music, growing up on a reality show, and the weird mix-tapes she receives from guys in prison.
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What was the main inspiration behind your EP?
The main inspiration behind my EP Love Jones was definitely my personal love story over the past few years. It’s so easy to talk about love when it comes to music because it’s so relatable.
Do you ever ask for your dad’s input on your music, or do you prefer to keep things private?
I actually don’t ask a lot, but every now and then I like to just get his input because he has such a great ear. But I also know some songs I make can be hard for him to listen to, because he see’s me as his baby girl.
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What did you learn in your early reality show experience that helps you out now with your own show?
I would say when I was on “Tiny and Toya” and they asked me to sing something and I sung Amazing Grace. I was just so shy back then and not really prepared for what was coming with reality TV, but I think it helped me become comfortable with the whole feel of reality TV.
Have you ever dealt with pushy producers?
In music and television – no, things are pretty chill in the studio. My mom, as the executive producer of my EP, was the only one who would get pushy with me about getting something right.
You grew up in the industry. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about your career?
Andre 3000 once told me to always bring something different to the picnic and that’s always stuck with me.
What about the worst?
To do something other than what I believe in.
What does an average day look like for you?
A good lil gym in the morning, Smoothie King, a good shower and hair wash, then either rehearsal or studio. If [it’s a] chill day, [I’ll be] hanging with my boyfriend, friends, or family all day. I love being with my family and friends.
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Describe your freakum dress. It can be real or imaginary. It can even be a freakum pantsuit.
Hmm… always fitting the body, spaghetti straps, short, cleavage, black or anything that matches the skin, some type of sparkle.
What high school trend do you most regret?
I loved color and still do to this day, but back then I put so much dye in that I damaged my hair to pieces. After the damage I had to wear colored tracks and the way I placed the clips in my hair was way wrong.
If you were to get arrested, what do you think it would be for?
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
What is the weirdest message you have received from a fan?
The ones I get from people in jail sending demo tapes and what not. One guy sent me a video of his song he made where he kept repeating the same line. It was something like “Fetty fetty fetty, getting money,” over and over again. It was crazy. But I must admit, catchy.
What’s your favorite fast food restaurant and why?
Chick-fil-a definitely. Everything is good, plus I love milkshakes and theirs are perfect!
What’s your biggest priority right now?
My biggest priority is in making myself happy in every way as an artist and just as a person. Doing things that I enjoy everyday.