[bnt pictorial] KittiB, “I Was Destined To Join ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2’”
[by Park Shi On, translated by Yoonjung Yi] Rapper KittiB proved her competent hip-hop skills to the mass public by becoming the first runner-up at Mnet’s reality show ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2’.
‘Female E Sens’ KittiB, who earned the eighth track ‘Chaos (feat. Microdot & YDG)’ with her frank lyrics and verified rap skills, came together with bntnews for a pictorial.
She showed her various sides during the pictorial that was carried out in four different concepts. In the first concept, she portrayed stylish mood in cropped leather top, suede skirt, and green fur coat.
Then, she unleashed her sexy, tough vibe through sporty black bralette and tight midi skirt. In the third one, she showed her elegancy by pulling off red, off-shoulder bodycon dress.
Lastly, she styled sweatshirt with grey sweatpants, and threw shiny blue bomber and hat over in order to create a chic ambiance.
The interview after the pictorial shoot started off by talking about the sensational TV show ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2’ that recently aired its final episode. She said, “Mnet first contacted me. I wanted to prove my rapping skills, so I decided to make an appearance. Actually, I had an offer for the first season, but I did not know until later on because I did not answer its phone call. I usually don’t answer numbers that I don’t know. I think I was destined to join ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2’.”
When she was asked what she earned from the show, she answered, “Most apparently, people recognize me. Nobody knew who I was before the show, but now a lot of people spot me and approach to me.” She added, “I gained too much to lose.”
Then, KittiB was asked if she would ever appear ‘Unpretty Rapstar’ again. She said, “I will never try out for ‘Unpretty Rapstar’. Even Sistar’s Hyolyn said that she has never experienced harsher program than ‘I Am A Singer’ until joining ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2’. Every contestant was physically and mentally worn out. Once, we filmed for three days straight without sleeping. The filming hours are long and tiresome.”
About Fiesta member Yezi’s remark that KittiB was number one in her heart, KittiB said “Yezi is also number one in my heart. I genuinely think Yezi was really good. I shouted ‘Lee Yezi is the best’ so that everyone could hear me.”
KittiB explained how she signed a contract with label company Brand New Music by saying, “Rhymer (the founder of Brand New Music) personally visited me to my part-time workplace to talk me into signing the contract. At the time, I wanted to work alone, so I was rude to say no. However, Rhymer waited for me for three years. Therefore, I decided to sign the contract after ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2’.”
As for the reason of becoming a rapper, she said, “I originally wanted to become a singer. I happened to know by chance that I was good at rapping when I went to a karaoke with my friends during middle school and sang Yoon Mi-rae’s song. I visited hip-hop crews in Shinchon since I was 17, and I even formed a female hip-hop community.”
She explained her stage name KittiB that “I used to accentuate my eyes with eyeliner like a cat, so people often told me that I look like a cat. I added the initial of my real name ‘Bomi’ at the end to create the name, KittiB. Now I am ‘PiggiB’ after the freestyle rap battle with Yoobin.”
When she was asked what she would do if she was not a rapper, she answered, “I have done a lot of part-time jobs, and my mother thinks I’m good at the service sector. The regular customers that I met back then still come to see me perform.”
About her relationship with other ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2’ contestants, she said “I am most close with Gilme, Ahn Soo Min and Yezi. I also live close to Hyolyn, so we volunteered at animal shelters and watched ‘Unprtty Rapstar 2’ at Hyolyn’s place on Fridays.”
“I got a cat due to Hyolyn’s influence. I named it after the song ‘Chaos’.”
She commented about her skincare routine that “I don’t take special care of my skin, because my skin is naturally good like my parents’. Sometimes, I don’t remove my makeup to sleep. I want my nose piercing to be my iconic look.”
Lastly, she said “I want to be a rapper that remains in the history of Korean music. I want to become a musician like Kanye West, who fills the album with the songs that he or she wrote.” (photo by bntnews DB)
Directed by: Park Shi On
Photo: bnt photographer Kim Yeon Joong
Videography, editing: producer Jung Do Jin
Jewelry: Midnight Ink
Hair: De EN director Lime, Sun Hee
Makeup: De En Head Lee Ji Hye, In Hye
Location: Vantt Club
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Write: 2015-12-01 18:34:44 / Update: 2015-12-02 10:03:44
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