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‘Everything I Put My Hands On, I Can Do It’: Alabama Chef And Rap Artist Chasing Big Dreams

“I could always listen to someone’s story and make a song about it,” Davis says. “I say a lot of things that relate to the South and what’s going on as a whole.”

Performing on stage is a new skill for her, and one that Davis, who describes herself as shy, is learning to master. She’s participated in several showcases over the past year, and been featured in “Alabama Massacre” videos with other rap artists. The latest edition, “Alabama Massacre 18,” dropped on Feb. 25.

Her stage name, Kashiyuana (pronounced “cash-ee-yah-na”), is a play on her first name, Neyuana (pronounced “nee-yah-na”), with an appreciation for cash emphasized at the start. Davis says she’s been encouraged to show a little skin with her wardrobe for Kashiyuana, and although it runs against her innate modesty, she’s experimenting with a sexier style.

“I’m a quiet person and I stay to myself,” Davis says. “It’s almost like I’m two different people, Kashiyuana and Neyuana. I’m so conservative to the point that I’m always covered up. But the way I dress for Kashiyuana is not the same.”

Despite her status as a newcomer on Montgomery’s rap scene, Davis has caught the attention, and gained the support, of some key movers and shakers. Noah Baker of Platform Network and We Global Hip-Hop Massacre is her mentor, helping Davis with marketing and promotion, watching her in the studio and offering career advice.

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