KEYSHIA COLE ON OBTAINING & MAINTAINING FINANCIAL SECURITY IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: When Keyshia claims that she's in the music business for the money, it's clear she really means for the security and steadiness. She's very conscious of her professional worth, and like a lot of people raised with next to nothing, ultra-conscious of what she has and where it is. Keyshia proudly proclaims without a bit of hesitation, 'I get $6,000 for a track, period. I get more than $50,000 for a show, so at this point in my life, I'm not hurting for money. It's like...what you gonna do? With your artistry? Are you gonna grow? As an entertainer? What you gonna do? I own my house. And we're going to stay doing this reality show--I own that. I own my car. And that's just from the first time around.'
KEYSHIA ON WHY SHE CHOSE TO PUT HER PERSONAL BUSINESS OUT IN THE OPEN VIA HER REALITY SHOW: I'm in this [business] because I care. I'm open with my life because people learn from that. And because I've been through a lot--it feels like...overcoming...because even though you didn't ask to be in this world, you gotta do something about it. I don't know how to be fake. What I feel like is what I feel like. I don't talk this way for nothing. I am who I am for a reason. My mother was a crack addict and I've been in a crackhouse, but all that created who's before you. Who am I to hide facts? People know now. Who I've become is who I want to be.'
KEYSHIA'S ON HER FAVORITE TRACK FROM HER NEW ALBUM: 'Got to Get My Heart Back.' Cole says, 'Everyone who has ever loved or lost love can understand where I'm coming from. Once you feel that pain, you're like, 'Damn man, I ain't going through that no more.'
SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS ON THE SIMILARITIES & DIFFERENCES BETWEEN KEYSHIA & MARY J. BLIGE: Having worked with Mary J. at the beginning of her career, Combs voiced his thoughts on the ways Cole and Blige are alike--and different. 'Vocally, it's two different styles. Maybe because I worked with both of them so closely, I can see it, hear it. They have different approaches, and the textures of their voices is different. Mary's voice is definitely deeper than Keyshia's. But there's a similarity between them as far as...pain. Most vocalist can't really translate pain through their voices. And they both come from the hip hop generation. They both know how to ride beats like a rap artist.'