Kat Dahlia’s record “Gangsta” almost took on a completely different route, according to the Miami, Florida singer. While speaking to Vlad TV, Dahlia revealed that thanks to a prankster brother, “Gangsta” almost became a parody version of 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ record, “Wanksta.”
The Floridian musician divulged that the beat for what would become “Gangsta” reminded her of 50’s “Wanksta,” but Dahlia says she ultimately ended up taking a different approach to the song after she “had had it” one day due to various occurrences in her personal life.
“I heard that and I was like ‘Oh, this reminds me of ‘Wanksta.’’ My brother, my older brother is like a total prankster,” Kat Dahlia said. “He did this whole CD of phone call pranks. And then in between the CD he would do stupid, funny covers of Snoop Dogg ‘Gin & Juice.’ And like all this stuff. So, I was like ‘Yo, I should do a parody song to the ‘Wanksta’ thing.’ So whatever, it was just an idea in the back of my head. And then one day—It was just so much was going on in my life. I was picking up the pieces in the relationship. I was picking up the pieces of my life…Everything just started to boil and one day I just sat down and I was just—I had had it.”
The singer later referred to “Gangsta” as “an autobiographical piece” that touches on her relationships and family situations. She also added that it’s easier to write when there’s “havoc” present in her life.
“‘Gangsta,’ obviously that was kind of like an autobiographical piece,” she said. “And I talked about my relationship. I talked about my family situations. It was kind of like a therapy for me. Music is always a therapy for me. If there’s nothing going on in my life I’m not really writing. Cause I’m just having a good time…But when I have certain things going on in my life that are just wreaking havoc it’s like I need to release it. And that’s what I always did. The first EP that I put out…All of that was based off of life experiences. I always express it in my music. I always want everything to be real. Telling a story. Telling my story.”