Candice Pillay – The breakout star on Dr.Dre’s highly praised album Compton.
Looks like Dr. Dre has given the industry exactly what it needs right now – A jaw-droppingly fresh female singer/songwriter/rapper.
Candice Pillay might sound like a familiar name by now, and that’s probably due to Rihanna’s recent release American Oxygen that she co-wrote with X Ambassadors and Alex Da Kid. Hot off the heels of her recent EP The Mood Kill, Candice has that fresh fire and with one of the most positive attitudes and outlooks it’s no wonder that many of the biggest names in the industry are wanting to work with her. The South African discussed her collaboration with Dr. Dre on his latest and final album Compton. She appears as a featured artist on not one but wo songs – Medicine Man and Genocide. In an interview with MTV she said “You just want to be around him to take it in. There would be days where I’d be having bad days, I’d say, ‘Let me roll to see what Dre and them are doing.’ Because Dre’s energy is amazing. He’s always happy, always smiling, always with open arms. He makes sure to connect with everyone in the room. And he’s all about the music.”
Candice is off to a good start, being part of the most popular tracks on the album so far. Medicine Man has a very youthful feel and with Eminem, Dr. Dre and Candice on the track the collective energy is as overwhelming as an eruption, and that lava is on fire! When it comes to Dr. Dre’s track Genocide, Candice features alongside Kendrick Lamar and Marsha Ambrosius. Within fifteen seconds you can hear that this song is going to be an all time classic, the kind of song that so many producers have tried to replicate in the past with sampling old hits. Here though, there’s nothing close to unoriginality.
Candice mentioned later on in her interview with MTV how her unique flow on this track came about “That night, I had a cold. The next morning, he hits me up and says ‘I have a plan. Why don’t you rap not on the beat at all? Just ignore the beat and rap at a different cadence where it doesn’t even go. I think it might be dope.’ I was like, ‘That doesn’t sound right. When you rap, you want to be on pocket but we could try it.’ Of course, I had a cold so my voice was extremely raspy. He recorded it. I tried a different cadence and I loved it. Dr. Dre might have outdone himself with his new release because from start to finish every single song on the album has a vision and constraint. Despite having so many different artists featuring and collabs the quality control has never been so tight.
Earlier on this year we got to discuss with Candice Pillay her exciting new ventures in the entertainment industry, living her American Dream and how South Africa inspired her as an artist. “I’m Indian, so mixing the African and Indian rhythms and drums together is very close to RnB and hip hop. Alot of my melodies are very Indian and you wouldn’t think that because they’re under a heavy 808 but I try to access all those cultures that I grew up on. I guess it’s working! [Laughs]” Don’t be fooled by her model looks, she’s got a hand full of talents and is one of the music industry’s most prolific writers of 2015.
Check out her track with Dr. Dre and Eminem below and on iTunes, and listen to her EP The Mood Kill!