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V-Nasty
Birth name Vanessa Renee Reece
Born (1990-11-11) November 11, 1990 (age 24)
Oakland, California
Genres Hip Hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2009 – present
Labels Pinnacle
Associated acts White Girl Mob (Kreayshawn, Lil Debbie), Gucci Mane, Mistah F.A.B

Vanessa Renee Reece (born November 11, 1990),[1] better known by her stage name V-Nasty, is an American rapper from Oakland, California. She is best known for being part of the group White Girl Mob with Kreayshawn and Lil Debbie, and for collaborating with Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane.[2] Reece released her debut studio album with Gucci Mane titled BAYTL in 2011 through 1017 Records and Warner Bros. Records.[3][4] In 2013, she signed a record deal with independent label Pinnacle Records and started working on her second album, as well as a reality TV show.[5] In 2014, V-Nasty released released a Mixtape titled "11Lem"[6] along with a new single titled "Tweekin".[7]

Biography

Reece grew up on the 35th block of East Oakland in a neighborhood known for dealing drugs and a high crime rate. She was born to a Caucasian mother and a Vietnamese father.[2][8] Reece had a rough childhood – she was skipping classes, stealing alcohol, and going in and out of jail. She attended Skyline High School before dropping out of ninth grade. While in sixth grade, both of her parents were arrested. During her teen years, Reece has had various jobs, including working in a chocolate factory called Grand Avenue Chocolates.[9] At 15, she gave birth to the first of her two children.[citation needed] Reece was inspired by her cousin and her child's father to start rapping. She started freestyling around 2009, and later, after gaining some popularity, realized she could pursue a career in music.[2]

In January 2010, Reece was caught committing a robbery at a Pick-n-Pull store. During a chase with the police, her car's transmission broke and would only go in reverse. Reece decided to give in, instead of risking a car crash, and was arrested on robbery charges. She was released after a short prison sentence, but was arrested again after committing another robbery in July.[9] She was then sentenced to serve six months in Alameda County Santa Rita Jail. Reece was released from jail in December 2010, while remaining on probation.[citation needed]

Reece met rapper Kreayshawn, after confronting her following rumors that she had made Reece's cousin start taking drugs. After the rumors turned out to be false, the two became friends and started performing together. They created the group White Girl Mob, together with Lil Debbie. In April 2011, Reece released her debut mixtape titled Don't Bite, Just Taste. The tape was recorded in one day and consists entirely of freestyles.[2] Reece was arrested again later in 2011. Shortly after, Kreayshawn started a campaign "Free V-Nasty" in support of her fellow rapper.[2] When Kreayshawn's video for "Gucci Gucci" became viral, Reece's alias V-Nasty gained fame, because of the lines: "I'm yelling 'Free V-Nasty' 'til my throat is raspy."[8]

In 2011, Reece was contacted by Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane who offered her to collaborate on an album. Before the release of the project, she was approached by several record labels, who offered to sign her, but she declined, feeling not ready for a major deal at the time.[8] Her debut studio album with Gucci Mane, titled BAYTL, was released on December 13, 2011, through Vice Records and Warner Bros. Records. BAYTL was produced almost entirely by Gucci Mane's frequent collaborator Zaytoven and features guest appearances by Mistah F.A.B., Berner and Slim Dunkin among others.[2] Gucci Mane called it "by far ... my most controversial mixtape to date" and commented that many people would be surprised by it.[10] The album was preceded by the single "Whip Appeal", which premiered on November 2, 2011, and was released officially on November 18.[11][12] On December 16, Reece was in Atlanta, shooting a video for the song "Push Ups" with Gucci Mane and Slim Dunkin. The latter got in an altercation with rapper Young Vito and a fight broke out, resulting in Dunkin being shot dead. The video shoot was cancelled and Vito was arrested on murder charges. He was later acquitted of murder, but convicted of aggravated assault and gun possession charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison.[13][14][15]

On March 2, 2012, Reece released her second mixtape Doin' Number$, featuring guest appearances from Mistah F.A.B., Roach Gigz and Erk Tha Jerk.[16] In March 2013, Reece performed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. In April, after parting ways with Kreayshawn, she signed to Las Vegas-based independent label Pinnacle Records in a highly publicized $750,000 deal. She also started working with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest on her reality TV show.[5]

On November 11, 2014, Reece's 24th birthday, she released a new Mixtape titled "11Lem", along with a new single titled "Tweekin". On February 16, 2015 she posted a short clip of the music video which has yet to be released.

Personal life and influence

Reece has a daughter (born 2006) and a son (born 2009), who are both mixed race.[17] A Brooklyn rapper named Magneto Dayo claimed Reece lied to him, telling him he was the father of one of her children; Reece denies the accusation.[5][18]

Reece has stated she is influenced by Too Short, 3X Krazy, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Webbie, Lil Boosie and Mac Dre, and listens to a lot of Bay Area music.[2] Producer Zaytoven compared her style to that of Gucci Mane, saying "she'll get in trouble, she don't care about what she say, she just bein' free."[19]

Controversy

Reece has been criticized for the use of the word "nigga" in her early songs, although she defended it as being used in a friendly way and part of her city's culture.[17] Rapper David Banner released a song condemning her actions,[8] while Mistah F.A.B. came to her defense, stating that Oakland has a culture of its own and claimed Reece and her group White Girl Mob are a product of that environment.[20] Rapper Fat Joe also defended her, stating that "if rappers use the word, and rap music is for everyone, then it's misguided to lash out members of other races who pick up on it" and claiming that the word is not viewed as racist nowadays.[21]

In November 2012, Reece accused Soulja Boy of being a "fake ass industry rapper" and compared him unfavorably to his girlfriend Diamond of Crime Mob.[22] Soulja Boy refused to engage in a beef commenting: "What would I look like fighting with a girl?"[23] Her on going feud with her alleged ex-boyfriend Magneto Dayo seemed to have been over when they collaborated on a song entitled "Hate u"[24] (the breakup) but the fire was once again lit when she threatened him in an interview saying "I'll kick his ass" and denying ever lying about the paternity of her child. Magneto Dayo retaliated with a song called "OJ Simpson" in which he claimed she turned her back on him and others that were there for her before her fame.[25]

Discography

Studio albums

EPs

  • 2013 – The Words I Wrote[27]

Mixtapes

  • 2011 – Don't Bite Just Taste[2]
  • 2012 – Doin' Number$[16]
  • 2014 - 11 Lem [6]

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Featured artist(s) Album
"Whip Appeal" (with Gucci Mane) 2011 P2TheLA BAYTL
"All the Money"[28] 2013 N/A
"Tweakin" [29] 2014 11Lem

As featured artist

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Gotta Ball"[30] 2012 Lil Debbie N/A
"Gotta Ball (Party Animal Remix)"[31]
"On My Shit"[33] 2013 Westtsew, Mistah F.A.B.
"Heaven Or Hell" [34] 2014 Kurt Diggler N/A

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"You Already Know Me"[35] 2010 Kreayshawn Kittys x Choppas
"Summertime"[36] 2012 Somethin' 'Bout Kreay
"If I'm Wrong"[37] H-Ryda, Kastro H Ryda vs. The Planet

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s)
"Let's Get Faded" (with Gucci Mane) 2012 Mr. Boomtown[38]
"Gotta Ball" (with Lil Debbie) Grizz Lee[39]
"Fuck Your Face" 2013 Jonathan Andrade[40]

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Ahmed, Insanul, Who Is V-Nasty?, Complex 
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Gucci-Mane-V-Nasty-BAYTL/release/3769042
  4. ^ "Gucci Mane, V-Nasty Releasing Collaboration Album 'BAYTL'". MTV. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  5. ^ a b c Kangas, Chaz. "V-Nasty, Having Split With Kreayshawn, Talks About Her "$750,000" Deal". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  6. ^ a b http://m.datpiff.com/tape/665201
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  8. ^ a b c d Fleisher, Adam, V-Nasty: "If I Can’t Say the N-Word, Then Nobody Should Say It", XXL 
  9. ^ a b Haithcoat, Rebecca, V-Nasty on Jail, Being Pregnant At 15, and Why Oakland Is Not Where It's At 
  10. ^ Gucci Mane and V-Nasty Collaborate For 'BAYTL' Street Album, Release First Single, Vibe 
  11. ^ Whip Appeal (feat. P2theLA) - Single 
  12. ^ Moore, Jacob, Premiere: Gucci Mane f/ V-Nasty "Whip Appeal" 
  13. ^ Kaufmann, Gil, Young Vito Acquitted Of Slim Dunkin Murder 
  14. ^ Young Vito Indicted for Slim Dunkin Murder, Stone]] 
  15. ^ Hyden, Steven, Atlanta rapper Slim Dunkin murdered before a video shoot, Club]] 
  16. ^ a b Martin, Andrew, Mixtape: V-Nasty "Doin' Number$" 
  17. ^ a b "V-Nasty Defends Her Use of the N-Word". XXL. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  18. ^ Kangas, Chaz. "Meet V-Nasty's Ex-Boyfriend (He's Not the Father of Her Baby)". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  19. ^ Stovall, Calvin. "Zaytoven: V-Nasty Reminds Me of a Young Gucci Mane". BET. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  20. ^ "Mistah F.A.B. Volunteers to Mentor V-Nasty and Kreayshawn". XXL. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  21. ^ Ugwu, Reggie. "Fat Joe Defends V-Nasty's Use Of The N-Word". BET. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  22. ^ Ugwu, Reggie. "V-Nasty Takes Aim at Soulja Boy on Twitter". BET. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  23. ^ Rogulewski, Charley. "Soulja Boy Takes the High Road in V-Nasty Beef". Vibe. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  24. ^ "Hate u"
  25. ^ http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2013/05/v-nasty_magneto_dayo_oj_simpson.php
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  27. ^ "The Words I Wrote". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  28. ^ "All the Money - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  29. ^ http://blkdmnds.com/?p=57482
  30. ^ "Gotta Ball - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  31. ^ "Gotta Ball(Party Animal Remix) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  32. ^ "Hate u (the breakup) Featuring V Nasty & Magneto Dayo)". Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  33. ^ "On My S**t (feat. Mistah Fab & V-Nasty) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  34. ^ http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cFMD15HilR4
  35. ^ "Kreayshawn – Kittys X Choppas". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  36. ^ "Somethin' 'Bout Kreay". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  37. ^ "H Ryda vs. the Planet". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  38. ^ "Let's Get Faded". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  39. ^ "Gotta Ball". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  40. ^ "V-Nasty - Fuck Your Face". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-11.