Gino DePinto, AOL Music
Black, whose RedOne-produced debut album is in the works, visited AOL Music's New York office to talk about giving "birth to a panic attack" before her first TV performance on the 'Tonight Show With David Letterman,' to brush off the Lady Gaga comparisons and to give her expert opinion on what exactly rock 'n' roll looks like.
How did you come up with the concept for your 'This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like' music video?
It was about getting revenge. People were always hating on me, because I was different. I was like, "I'm going to sing, I'm going to do this, I'm going to do that," they were like "OK, sure you are." And I was like "No, I'm serious. This is what I'm going to do." And everybody was like, "Yeah right." Even when I told everyone I was moving to LA to do music and had a going away party, only one person showed up, because no one believed that I was really going away. They were like, "You'll be back."
So it was kind of just like my revenge, and just a statement, like throwing it back in their face.
When did you move to Los Angeles?
I'm from Detroit and I got kicked out of two high schools in two months when I was 15. I was like, "I didn't quit, mom. I got kicked out. What do you want me to do?" [laughs]. I didn't go back and I just started traveling around with my friends, and went and lived in Ohio for a little bit, and just kind of did my own thing. Then I ended up in New York and ended up getting discovered by a manager and moved to LA right when I was 18.
How did you get hooked up with Lil Wayne and his management team?
RedOne introduced me to EI [Derrick "EI" Lawrence], who is Wayne's manager, and my manager now. So we have the same manager. I met Wayne in New York and we hit it off, and he wanted to be on the song ['This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like'], and then that led to the video. Then that led to me being on the first part of the I Am Music tour, and now I'm going on the second part of the I'm Still Music tour.
How is it touring with Wayne?
A lot of fun. If we're in the same place at the same time we're definitely always hanging out. He's the homies [laughs].
Read the full Q&A with Porcelain Black and watch behind-the-scenes footage from her visit at our sister site, Noiscreep.
Watch Porcelain Black's 'This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like' Feat. Lil Wayne Video