RaNia are coming back after about 100 years away from the game, and they just released a music video teaser for “Demonstrate“. However, that wasn’t the biggest news out of the group, as they also announced that rapper Alexandra would be joining the group, notable because she is half black-half white from America.
Honestly though, this isn’t even RaNia anymore because of the amount of members that left, but as a new group they look … promising? Maybe? We’ll see.
As for Alexandra, she actually has extensive history around the music business…
Alexandra, age 21, is a rapper hailing from the U.S. Her father is white and her mother is black. She was born in Kansas and has lived in New York and Texas. She was part of the American record label Def Jam (housing Kanye West, Ludacris, and Justin Beiber, among others currently) starting from when she was 15 years old. Alexandra was preparing to debut with the help of her manager Scott (who formerly managed Rihanna and currently manages Bruno Mars, according to DR Music), when she came to know RANIA and signed on to become an official member. Alexandra also starred in Jamie Foxx‘s “You Changed Me” music video, and she is said to boast top rapping skills. In regards to her composition skills, she has worked with Alex Dakid,who has worked with Eminem, and JR Rotem, who has worked with Britney Spears.
…but I would primarily worry about how she would do in Korea.
According to DR Music, Alexandra became interested in K-pop through YouTube and decided to come to Korea and be part of the K-pop scene through this opportunity with RANIA. Because of visa issues, Alexandra was only able to join the group in Korea last month, but is currently preparing hard to promote with the group and is looking forward to going on TV.
No matter how talented or beautiful one is, unless you’re already a name star, fluency is gonna be important for a Korean idol. Just judging by what she did in the teaser and by that description of how she became a member of the group, I think she’s gonna have to learn Korean on the fly, which might present difficulties (besides the ones she would already have for being black in Korea).
Honestly though? The main concern here is that she needs to watch her DMs. Half the Korean hip-hop community has probably already asked her to be in their videos (omo street cred juseyo), and the other half has probably texted her their numbers (omo face sit juseyo). Meanwhile, Jay Park probably DM’d her asking if he can buy her used underwear.
I dunno how this all shakes out, but it’s interesting if nothing else.
So far, the reaction in Korea seems to be positive, mainly because she’s hot. And as you all know, I have the highest journalistic integrity, so I had to research her Instagram account for myself to investigate these accusations.
In the end, they were confirmed true.