As a part of Statik Express, Mali Nicole and her siblings captured the nation’s attention as one of the standout groups on Fox’s hit show “The X Factor.”
Now as a solo artist the bright-eyed 16-year-old is on a mission to take her talents to the next level and show the world what R&B has been missing all these years.
In the short time since “X Factor,” Mali has already signed a deal with Stampede management (Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Far East Movement), released a mixtape “Sweet Sixteen” and collaborated with the west coast king, Snoop Dogg, all while fulfilling her duties as a full-time student.
Mali is currently on The School Tour and if the response is any indication of what’s to come she might need to hire more security.
“They’re loving me,” Mali tells s2smagazine.com. “I’m getting a great reaction (from the fans) and I’m having a great time performing.”
On her debut EP Confessions of a Teenager, Mali uses her own experiences to create an easy-on-the-ears tell all of her emotional journey through adolescence. The release will feature production from C Ballin and the king of Ratchet, DJ Mustard.
“Basically it’s going through my emotions; it’s talking about what I’m going through as a teenager,” Mali revealed. “My style is totally different from anything out right now and when I
share my voice with the world, I hope people will see this is what they’ve been missing in R&B,” the confident teen added.
Though Mali describes Confessions as mostly an R&B pop album, the young starlet in the making also looks to show off her skills as an emcee.
“I do rap (on the EP),” noted Mali. She continued, “I like to switch it up. I’m not limited at all and I like all kinds of music so I do both and I write my own rhymes.”
Mali recently linked up with venerable west coast lyricist Snoop Dogg in the studio. The project has not yet been revealed, but Mali said she considered it an experience of a lifetime and even shared some advice bequeathed to her by “the one and only D-O-Double G.”
“He told me to stay true to my music and just be myself,” she said.
Music has been her passion since she was a child, but Mali insists that at the end of the day education comes first.
“I would like to attend Juilliard if my schedule allows me. If not, I will attend college online.”
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