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A Conversation With @LanaLadonna

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There aren’t too many rappers with a voice like Lana Ladonna’s. She cuts through the air with a fierce energy that demands to be heard whenever she drops a sixteen. Her new project, $B1GLAN, is designed to make fans feel every bit of what she has to say and how she has to say it. Inspired by artists like DaBaby and Cardi B, it’s clear that Lana’s future is unstoppable.

Ahead of the release of her new project, Lana Ladonna sat down with 4ShoMag to discuss her new project and more. Check it out below.

Who is Big Lan?

“Big Lan” is the new head bitch in charge, AND THAT’S WHAT YOU GOTTA KNOW! (Laughing but very serious), no really, Big Lan is who I feel I am at this point.

A few people, more recent than not, have called me that as kinda like a joke because I’m short as fuck in real life, but my presence isn’t. Plus, everything I do is big, DUH. I also refer to it as another personality. The woman I’ve grown to be, my interests, my expectations, my vibe, are all components of this boss ass, glamorous, fearless, relatable being that “Big Lan” encompasses.

How did you get into music? 

I’ve ALWAYS loved music. From Prince, Luther, Sade, Tina Marie, and more my mama used to play around the house to today’s artists – I’ve always spent my time listening to music. After graduating college, and knowing I wanted to be in the entertainment industry, but not knowing how in the hell I was gonna tap into it, I literally just decided one day – “I think I wanna try being an artist.” Plus, being back at home was a reality check. “Damn, my people really not rich.”

“I really gotta create the life I wanna live from the ground, up.” Of all my failed attempts post-grad (youtube talk show series, writing for baller alert, radio, etc.) it was the one thing that stuck and actually felt right. I feel like people didn’t take me seriously at first because it was so random; shit, I kinda didn’t either. The feeling my first performance gave me though, I knew this was what I wanted to do, 100%. 

What was the creative process like for #BIGLAN? What will we learn about you on the project? 

My process this time around was honestly a lot harder. With my first tape, Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1, I was just having fun. Not to say making my new tape wasn’t fun, I just felt very pressured this time around. Like, I legit have “fans” and people checking for me. That shit had my anxiety through the damn roof.

It took me so long because I kept discouraging myself, and being all scared and stupid. After I got outta my own head some time in November, it was just the same vibe – get me a lil Henny in my system, say what I feel, and just… be myself. 

I think people will learn that 1. I really do this shit foreal, like I’m a real artist. The songs, to me, are versatile and I like that. Secondly, more of my personality shows. Naturally, because it’s more songs, but I feel like every song is relatable to men and women. I looooove to talk shit, and I think that’s why my music has sparked as quickly as it did because who doesn’t love a shit talker? In all, people are going to learn what Lana LaDonna is about! Owwee, and that I love the cash app!

What’s your recording process like? 

My recording process is…. Random. Sometimes, I like to catch a vibe, and create in the studio. Other times, I like to create in the comfort of my own room. It really just depends. There have been times where I couldn’t sleep, and I thought of one line, turned on a beat, and made a whole song. That’s what happened with “YKWTFGO.” It was like 3,4 in the morning, and I was in my bed TURNT lol I still don’t know where that energy came from. I was damn near whispering the lyrics as I was writing them because it was so late, and I stay with my mama lmfao I do though HATE a bunch of people in my session. Everybody has a suggestion lol STFU PLEASE.

Your music is very direct and to the point, confident, and unapologetic. Who inspires you? What about them do you bring to your music? 

It’s kind of cliche, but Cardi I feel like is what makes me so unapologetic with my music. Her come up via her personality is what made me ever think I could give music a try in the first place. All the artists I listen to in general inspire me though – Megan makes me wanna be in my rapping bag. Drake makes me wanna be relatable to both men and women. Da Baby makes me wanna get into the pockets of beats. Future make me wanna be… toxic and lit. Everything inspires me in some way. Plus, I’m really bold and unapologetic in real life. 99% of the things I talk about, I’ve actually experienced, felt, and/or thought at some point. I’m heavy on the no rap cap. The other 1% be me speaking this into existence.

How would you describe the Detroit music scene? How would you say that you fit into it? 

Mmmmmmmmmmm, I would describe the Detroit music scene as….. extremely diverse. We have a lot of different sounds, but some are just more popular than others. I don’t know how to describe it. We fasho have our own sound, our own wave, that’s definitely like no one else’s. People try to mimic it, but imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Detroit people talk shit all day, every day. That’s 110% where I fit in. I’m also the epitome of a Detroit woman – bold, confident, fashionable, bossy lol with the shits, you know how we comin’! *flips inches* 

I also feel like we’re kinda slept on though, but it’s cool. I’ll be helping change that real soon. 

What are you looking to accomplish with $B1GLAN?

With $B1GLAN, I wanna wake niggas up! Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1 gave me a nice lil buzz, but I really wanna turn up foreal. I want to collaborate with other artists from the city, shit everywhere, and just expand my brand. I’m looking to accomplish overall growth with this project. Scratch that – I WILL accomplish overall growth with this project, so get you some popcorn baby, and enjoy the show! *blows a kiss* 

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