Setting the record straight, K. Michelle opened up to Hot 97 recently about how Varner stole her identity as well as whether the beef was over rapper Meek Mill. According to the singer, the whole thing started over a record called “Cold Case,” which K. Michelle said she wrote. Varner, on the other hand, denies the claim.
Highlights from the interview are below:
On the origins of her beef with Elle
I had a record. It was my favorite record. It was “Ride Out” on my album and I wasn’t allowed to put out that record because management said the record was already too big. I’m supposed to be the little black girl singing about heartbreak and down and out and f–k n—as. I’m not supposed to grow and be me because they place you in a lane and want you to stay in that lane and I refused. So I had this record and it was too big. Too big of a record.
I played that record for my friend [Elle] at that time. The next thing I knew she threw off her shoes and said, ‘Oh my God, this is a great record.’ So, when she went through her breakup with Iman [Shumpert], she was searching for an identity. She wanted to be more sexy. She started wearing wigs. She started hanging around me and she started to curse and say, ‘I’m the real bad girl.’ Okay, b—h you can have that. I’m trying to get out of being the bad girl. You see how much fun it is getting talked about every day. Right now they think you sell Girl Scout cookies every day so fine. But she played me a record. She said, ‘You like the record?’ I said, ‘That’s my record. Ain’t nobody yodeling on the hooks but me.’ Then you went to the same producers. I came to [her] like a woman. I said, ‘This is my record. You can’t put that out. That sounds like me.’ [She copied my style.] But I said it to you as a friend in a proper manner. I said it to management in a proper manner.
On why she threw shade after Elle posted a photo with Meek Mill
I’ve never slept with Meek in my life. Me and Meek are friends. We flirt and poke, know what I’m saying? We don’t poke.
I did have a crush on Meek. We do that. You know that as my friend, me and Meek do this. You get on Twitter and say, ‘Yeah Meek tried to talk to me and I swerved him.’ Okay, why would you do that to your friend? But I’m the crazy one. I’m the mean one. I let it slide.[…]She wanted attention because we don’t give a f–k about that India.Arie a– music. No offense against India.Arie because I love her. We like India because she’s India. [Elle’s] not India. Go sit down trying to be K. Michelle and India with the guitar. It just don’t work.
So when you grinning taking pictures with Meek and he posted under the comments that he’s posting this picture to her know how real the swerve was. He’s still f–king with you, you know what I’m saying? It was just too much for the attention that she wants. I get it. I understand it. I’m not gonna lie. She can sing. I’ll never take her gift from her but I was very, very quiet in that situation.
Once she took my song and because we got into about the song you’re doing this and posting pictures with Meek with hearts and s–t to try and just do something. But y’all don’t get on her for that.
On being hurt by it all
By my friend, yeah. I am hurt because that was my friend. I am very, very hurt by that. That I tried to be there for you through your breakup and you turned into mini-K. Michelle. That really hurt me, and when I talked to you about it woman to woman, you continued to twerk on tables like me and do…
I’m gonna get off of it. The label said, ‘Let’s talk about the music.’
To see Hot 97’s interview with K. Michelle, check out the video below: