Khia Says She Knew Gucci Mane "Before He Changed"
Khia also says she turned down Lil' Kim & Too $hort collaboration offers.
Khia says that the popularity of her “My Neck, My Back” song led to a number of offers for collaborations, something she is typically against.
"I don't like collaborating with artists,” the Florida rapper says during an interview with Billboard. "But I love Trick [Daddy]. When he called I was like, 'No, I'm not gonna do it.' Too $hort and Lil' Kim had called and wanted me to get on their songs. Her's was about pussy or something. When Too $hort called me, his song was like, 'My nuts, my sack, my dick...' I was like, 'What?' People thought I was some stripper chick and nasty all the time. And, here people come asking me to be on songs when it's about balls, ass, or pussy. I told Too $hort that I wasn't doing the song and he got offended. I told Kim I wasn't doing her song and she got offended. That was 10 years ago. There's no beef. People were approaching me with very vulgar songs. When Trick called it was like, 'I like Trick! Let me hear it.' When I heard it it wasn't that bad. I wrote it in 20-minutes.”
Ultimately, though, Khia was pleased with neither her Trick Daddy collaboration, 2004’s “J.O.D.D.,” nor her Janet Jackson collaboration, “So Excited."
“When it came down for cross promotion, [Trick Daddy] did me the same Janet Jackson did me, and didn't have me in the video. They edited me out for the video. We shot for two days and all of the stuff ended up getting edited out because they didn't want to share the spotlight. If you call me to be featured on the song, I think we should cross-promote and be able to perform together. So keep your shit [and] don't call me.
"I pretty much had to sue Janet Jackson,” Khia continues. "I have it in my contract now that I will be a part of cross-promotion, even if it's just a song. I handled the situation with Janet. It just taught me to have everything written in contracts."
In the Billboard story, Khia also discusses her relationship with Gucci Mane, who has been battling drug addition and has been arrested several times in the last several years.
"I knew Gucci before he was this huge artist," Khia says. "He'd come through a club I had all the time to perform. I got to know him before he changed. The industry has changed him. No one is going to get to know the beautiful side I did. He's too far gone. I think he was high when he was tweeting. He was speaking the truth. It may be the people he's around or drugs that he's on. Sometimes money or environment changes people. I think his team is not good and he doesn't have any positive reinforcement. I reached out to him a few times, but I haven't seen him since we did, 'What They Do,' [which] was 2008. When he did that he was on some type of drug. I don't know what he took to trip him out. When we did that song, I can tell something was off. Something's been off since then. If you were to ask me, as a close friend, I don't think he recovered well when he ended up having to shoot someone... and it wasn't intentional. I think he was scared for his life and someone ended up getting murdered. I don't think he's recovered from that and I don't think he ever will. It changed him."