KittiB Talks Girl Group Past, Career, and Personal Life with bnt International
Rapper KittiB recently participated in a pictorial and interview for bnt International, sharing her thoughts on everything from her past before “Unpretty Rapstar” to her future dreams. She was the runner-up on the second season of the Mnet rap survival program.
In the photo shoot, she is alternately tough, sexy, and chic, her outfits ranging from colorful fur coats and suede skirts to elegant red dresses. Whether in all-black ensembles or flamboyant necklaces, her eye-popping orange hair stands out as the centerpiece.
About her time on “Unpretty Rapstar 2,” she says, “Mnet actually contacted me first. I received a casting offer during season 1 but I didn’t answer the phone because I didn’t recognize the number. I think it was fate that I ended up on season 2 instead.”
“People recognize me a lot more now,” she adds. “But I wouldn’t go on the show again. The program was hard on everyone’s physical and mental health.”
Previously, FIESTAR’s Yezi had shared that she thought KittiB was the most skilled out of all the contestants. “In my mind, Yezi is first,” KittiB answers. “I really felt her talent the day she recorded ‘Crazy Dog.’ That day, I shouted for everyone to hear that Yezi was the best.”
KittiB has recently signed an exclusive contract with the label Brand New Music, founded by Rhymer. “When I was 23, Rhymer heard my single album and came to find me at the cafe where I was working. Then I was stubborn and wanted to work alone so I refused. He waited and watched me for three years. After ‘Unpretty Rapstar,’ I finally signed the contract.”
She also shares the surprising news that she was training to be in a girl group. “Originally my dream was to be a singer,” she says. “When I was in middle school, I went to karaoke with my friends and sang a Yoon Mi Rae song. That’s when I realized I could rap. In the past I was training to be in a girl group, but I got scared of the slave contract and quit.”
On her personal life, KittiB shares that she is close with female rappers Gilme and Ahn Soo Min, as well as Yezi and SISTAR‘s Hyorin. “I got a cat through Hyorin’s influence,” she says. In other news, she also reveals that she has been dating for two years. “He’s younger than me by one year but because he’s not a celebrity, I don’t want to reveal who he is,” she says.
She wraps up with her thoughts about the future. “I want to be a rapper that lasts in Korean music history for a long time. I hope to become a musician like Kanye West who can fill a whole album with songs he writes and produces himself.”