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Interview: Chanel West Coast Demands to Be Taken Seriously

The Ridiculousness co-host has fought tooth and nail over the years to make a name for herself in the rap game, and she's finally being given her due diligence.

Chanel West Coast

Despite being a versatile talent, Chanel West Coast has admittedly been pigeonholed over the years.

Best known as the sole female face of Ridiculousness, it's true that MTV's comedy clip show has served as Chanel's home this past decade. But she is often quick to remind everyone (this journalist included) that her hardened launch into music these past few years isn't so much a career pivot, but rather an extension of an already seasoned musical hustle.

"I've never just "dabbled" in music," Chanel said.

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Musician Tessa Kaye

Have you heard of the expression "fake it until you make it"? It's common for people to fake a smile, in hopes of becoming happy from the outside in.

But Tessa Kaye wonders if true happiness is about accepting how you're feeling, not trying to change it. Her newest release, "Smile More," deals with the expectation often placed on women to maintain a pleasant demeanor no matter what's going on beneath the surface.

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