AHHA's Best of 2008: Ciara
Original Post Date: March 20, 2008Ever since Ciara one, two stepped onto the Hip-Hop/R&B scene, it became cool again for ladies to rock hard on the dance floor instead of always slow-winding on some cats groin. With her Lil Jon-blessed debut Goodies in 2004, the proclaimed First Lady of Crunkn B upped the ante, leaving motionless crooners fine-tuning their choreography.
Railroading through the sophomore jinx with the success of her 2006 album Evolution Ciara is proving her resilience in the game, as a modern-day role model for young entertainers. BET underestimated the thrust, positioning her at the bottom of the networks Top 25 Dancers of All Time countdown, beneath Diddy and Bobby Brown. But that hasnt knocked her hustle any more than ripping her pants on the Scream Tour runway.
With a hearty James Brown-style rebellion on the back of her jersey tatted 25? Ciara was named spokesperson for Roc-a-Wear clothings new advertising campaign I Will Not Lose. Ciara proves that regardless what skeptics may think, she will rise from the hate-filled ashes.AllHipHop.com Alternatives: Tell me how you got involved in the I Will Not Lose Campaign. Ciara: Well Roc-a-Wear reached out to my management team, and they told me about the campaign I Will Not Lose and I felt you know with the message behind it, it felt like it was definitely something to be about because that is my mindset. I do believe that I will not lose or at least thats the way that I think when I approach anything I do in life. So I said absolutely and I also love the fact that Roc-a-Wear is trying to take their clothing to new heights and higher levels and theyre also maturing, they have more mature pieces. I feel like there were a lot of things about that that would be really cool to be a part of.AHHA: So tell me about your story and how you personally will not lose. Ciara: I dont think I have the story that you would hear from a lot of artists in this industry, or at least I will just speak for myself. Growing up, I didnt have the training or I wasnt able to be pushed in like talent shows and all things to train me and make me better, so I feel like I have so much more to do with so little time and I feel like the only thing to get there is by thinking I will not lose.
I think my whole thing is Ive come too far from where I started, and I dont see myself going back. I have so many goals, and I really think the only way to get there is by believing I will not lose.AHHA: What kind of adversity have you had in your career that has gotten you to this point or maybe made you stronger in your career?Ciara: I think it was more about people not believing in me. When I first started, pretty much no one really wanted to give me a shot. And even when I got signed and still to this day, no matter what place youre in until you just get there like Michael Jackson status or Madonna status then you really dont have to worry about nothing. But still you always like okay I got to prove, that I got something here.
I guess for me, it was kind of like that because no one in the beginning there werent too many people that were like, She can do it. There was a lot of people that doubted me, and that also gave me motivation. I can say thats apart of it. AHHA: So do you still feel like youre doubted a little bit at certain things? I know there was a question with the dancing this year that just past. You killed it at the BET Awards, by the way, but the 25 and the question mark because you were ranked that way?Ciara: Well BET did a countdown, a dance countdown They put me at number 25 which was the last number on the list. And I just was like wow, like I put in a lot of hard work to do what I do. I rather not be the one to toot my horn like I am this, I am number one and I am whatever. But you know that was definitely crazy to me.
I love Diddy, I think he was right before me and I mentioned that he was somebody I remember was in a lower number and Im like, Diddy has his hop. He has his hop that he does and he rocks, I love it because I do it sometimes too but what is your definition of dancing? And I guess maybe they have their own way of defining it and it was just other people that were in different places. But Im like Okay I get number 25, but I kept it moving. I did ask BET what the 25 was about. AHHA: What is your definition of winning? Ciara: We talk about the difference between winning and losing. Let me just be real, winning is really being on top in my eyes and for my goals. Also I think winning happens in many different ways and whether its the way you win personally or professionally and in my eyes its being the best at what you do. Really standing out and also being able to be remembered, thats really important to me. AHHA: Give me an example of a very difficult situation and how you got through it.Ciara: I always have the mindset that there is nothing I cant make it through. I think if anything its pushing through the energy of the doubters and non-believers but one thing I will say is, my faith within myself has always been very strong, my confidence within myself has been pretty strong, for the most part.
I have areas when I get shy like when Im on stage and its other moments. But Ive always pretty much believed in myself from the beginning. I really felt like I had to be strong in the area, because theres no way Id be able to persevere or make it to this point where Im at right now.AHHA: Who has inspired you to be the successful person you are today?Ciara: My inspiration comes from a couple of people. Ive chosen in my eyes their strongest attributes, I kind of created a person I havent named but its basically the professional performance and entertainment of Michael Jackson, the drive and ambition of Michael Jordan, and from the woman aspect of things, the financial success of Oprah.
Its kind of hard to say one person, I would say my friend Missy for her humility. When Im around her I know that she has been in the industry for so long and she remains so humble, and I really believe thats why she has been here as long as she has and has been able to remain on top and really just doing it. And thats one thing I love about her and Patti LaBelle the list can go on for days and days for many different attributes that I take from each different person, to be all these different people combined into one at some point in time thats what my goal is. But I get inspired by those like Michael, Madonna, Prince. AHHA: What do you think about Jay-Z?Ciara: I think hes real cool. I got to say I know he started this a good amount of time ago and its really cool to see him still doing his thing, and still being able to be creative and think of new things, the clothing line and all the other ventures he does. I think its real cool and Im happy to be a part of it.AHHA: Have you ever had an embarrassing moment on stage?Ciara: I think I have had a moment. I think there was one time where I almost slipped, but nobody saw it. Like on stage dancing? Ive been making it through so far. But Oh! And I had one time where my pants ripped, it was on the Scream Tour actually, but I dont think too many of my fans got to see that, it was a secret. But I had to run from the set we were on down stage.
I was panicking like yo, yo, yo, yo, people couldnt really hear, the music was so loud, we was trying to get through. I made it back up to finish the show and then my second pair of pants ripped again, but I made it through. And I guess it was embarrassing within my team, so that was a secret I just let out the bag. Yeah thats pretty much it for dancing. I havent had that moment, knock on wood and Im not looking forward to it either so thats it for me.AHHA: Whats your favorite love song?Ciara: My favorite love song Whitney Houstons I Will Always Love You. She has tons of songs that I love. I was actually listening to her yesterday. You know whats a beautiful song? Dangerously in Love by Beyonce. Its a beautiful record. Love songs youre making me think.AHHA: You have a nice one, And I.Ciara: Oh thank you! That was actually one of the first ballads I wrote in my career. I was 15 years old when I wrote that song. And I was inspired from a real life experience. AHHA: What are you working on now, whats next for you? Ciara: My album. I am excited Im getting ready to go in. I have a lot of goals in mind with this album. I want to tour, tour, and tour and go around to all the places I havent been to yet. So I have a lot of big goals for my fans. I just want to make my fans dance, thats when you go in a club you rock from the beginning until the end. So the young girls have songs to dance to and routines to keep on creating.
I must say, because I went to a basketball game the other day, it was a group of young girls in the middle of the court and they were using one of my records. And every time I see that, I get inspired. So I just want to create more music for my fans to dance to. AHHA: I always wanted to know what you thought when you heard this song. It was on Bow Wows last album, I cant think of the name. It was clearly written about you, do you know what song Im talking about?Ciara: Well I dont think there is anything wrong with a person expressing what they feel in a song. Thats one thing about music it is somewhat of an outlet for you to express yourself. Even for myself, when I write I go in and write, I write about things that come from my heart. So I dont think there is anything wrong with a person expressing what they feel on a record. You know its definitely cool for a person, if its about you, its cool for a person to say great things. And in this case this is my past and in this case. My eyes a long time from now, thats the way I look at it. At the end of the day, when I do a reflection when I walk past him Im able to say Hi. I think thats the way to be, and its all about being positive and Im looking forward to my future. So Im in a different space.Oh and Diddy I have to say, I love you. I dont ever want you to think I was attacking you. But yeah the Top 25 countdown, that was crazy. And at the time I wouldnt speak on it at that time, but my fans, because I go on some of the blog sites and the fans was right there. I was like Okay yall was holding me down. So I will make sure I rock for you even harder next year.AHH: Who would you pick as the Number One dancer?Ciara: My judgment on dancing, I judge it to the core of what I feel is true dancing. I think what it was for them is there is a difference in entertaining and dancing. One of the ultimate entertainers is Michael Jackson and Prince; I think hes on fire. He is one I think he may not do many dance moves, but youre going to be locked in watching his show from the beginning to the end and if he does any move, you love it.
Theres a difference between entertainment and dancing to me, and if youre going to judge dancing on its own, I would pick a street dancer or an artist that rocks all the way day in the streets. But one person I dont know if they know but I think theyre aware of is on fire when it comes to the moves, that are raw (and when I say raw, I mean hardcore), is Omarion. He is on fire with the moves; Im not going to front. Hes clean with his moves when he does it. Theres a difference when you can get crazy and get raw and rowdy, but Omarion gets it cracking.
One person that also dances like fluid moves through him is Usher. Usher is on fire. I think once he gets a routine, hes going to lock it in and make it look like nothing else. Hes to me for our generation, when it comes to male singer; hes the one that really knows how to combine the two, dancing and singing. He is at this day and age, a true entertainer. He has it all to me. AHH: I think you definitely respect for the ladies. What about any other women?Ciara: I think its very obvious, and its funny because people compare us a lot. But I think Janet, to me, is one of the women that really, puts her foot in her performance and she really knows how to do both together. So she is a true entertainer.