Rap-Up TV: Melanie Fiona Weighs In on Female Pop Music, Lady Gaga

Melanie Fiona invited Rap-Up TV onto her tour bus before her show at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre over the weekend. The R&B songbird, who is currently on the road with Marsha Ambrosius, shared details about her sophomore album The MF Life, for which she’s collaborated with Chuck Harmony, Jack Splash, Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, Salaam Remi, and more.

“I’ve pushed myself creatively to go in places, to become a little more vulnerable, to show a sexier side, to use my voice as a different instrument on this album,” explained Melanie.

The Grammy-nominated soulstress also provided her thoughts on the state of female pop/R&B music. “I feel like what is happening, in my opinion, is that everybody is trying to outdo everyone else in fashion, in racy lyrics, in your style,” she stated. “Just be yourself and people will appreciate your individuality more.”

Lady Gaga was one artist she singled out for her originality. “Someone who I really admire in this industry is Lady Gaga ’cause Lady Gaga has been Lady Gaga forever,” she added. “When you’re the real deal, you are who you are. What she’s based in is true classical training and real vocal ability and a performer.”

Look for the second part of our interview with Melanie where she discusses the guests on her album, growing up with fellow Canadian Drake, and which singers left her starstruck.