Jeffree Star On Being Dubbed 'the Next Lady Gaga' by Akon, Why Ke$ha is Not a Singer, and Being the First Gay Artist to Work in Hip-Hop
In a recent phone interview, Jeffree Star clarified what Akon meant. "I think what he meant was when Gaga came out, there were a lot of doubters and a lot of people were like, 'what's with this chick looking all crazy?'"
Akon wasn't saying Star is going to be exactly like Lady Gaga; "He was more saying you have to see [this guy Jeffree Star] to believe it, it's like a special thing."
It's not a bad comparison, Star says. "To be compared to someone who's sold 15 million records in two years is great--to be compared to greatness isn't a bad thing," he added, laughing. Akon and Star are working on the new album after Christmas. "There will be a Jeffree Star feat. Akon track, and one with Ke$ha too," he says. Here's what else Star talked about:
Getting signed and struggling: Akon and I have been talking for about three months; someone gave him a copy of (my second album) Beauty Killer, so we met in Atlanta a few times. We really clicked--he's one of the most intelligent people in the music business. Akon and his team are managing my whole career now, so i'll have an official website, radio push, and a whole new album in 2011.
[My career] has been a struggle because a lot of people don't know what to do with me. That's why i signed a deal to have my own label distributed through Warner Records. It's frustrating to have all this vision that gets clouded and ruined by all these business suits ... so i feel like it's finally my time to have someone take me under their wing.