Ambitious and adorable, Ikea Roxi is causing some serious head- bopping with her bubbly pop song “Mirror.” PYNK got the chance to catch up with Ikea to find out what it’s like to be young, black and talented as well as what it’s like to grow up black in a Jewish community. Check out what she had to say:
PYNK: Do you have any kind of hidden talents other than singing?
IR: Yes ive been playing the alto saxophone since I was in 4th grade, I’m very nice with that and I just started the piano a year ago so I ‘m still learning piano and acting, singing, dancing- well singing isn’t really a hidden talent.
PYNK: What’s your most memorable b-day moment?
IR: On my 18th birthday I actually had my song played on the radio it was fabulous and I had the release of my single “Mirror” on 92Q that’s Q in Baltimore, Maryland. We had a brunch at Milan Restaurant which is downtown Baltimore and we also continued to party at Mustang Alley.
PYNK: What are you afraid of?
IR: Not really anything, I would say I’m afraid of heights a little bit that’s about it, I haven’t really faced anything that I’m just terrified of. I enjoy roller coasters but I just dont like heights such as like rocking climbing or anything.
PYNK: Do you have a boyfriend or any love interests right now?
IR: No. I’m really focused on my career right now, I’m not really interested in dating right now.
PYNK: What’s your ideal type of guy?
IR: The type of guy who is fun, funny, outgoing, someone like my dad just really calm but still has an interesting side and I like style, a lot of style.
PYNK: What part of Baltimore do you live in?
IR: I grew up in Pikesville, MD, it’s more of a Jewish community but it was a great experience for me.
PYNK: Do you feel, as a black woman, that you had to leave that area to fully come into yourself or do you feel like you were still able to flourish completely there?
IR: I definitely became more aware of a city life and what’s really, what people are really doing. Like [my jewish neighborhood] had different rules but I felt like one I came out of that community I did learn [about] myself before and I did blend from being [immersed] in more of a city life.
PYNK: Do you feel like growing up in a Jewish community left you somewhat unprepared for dealing with an urban setting, like what was it like adjusting?
IR: I didn’t really have to adjust, growing up in a Jewish community they help you be comfortable with who you are so going into an urban area you’re more comfortable going into an urban setting because Jewish people are more accepting of whO you are and then you just have that self- esteem that helps you in the urban.
PYNK: Who are the top 5 artists that you would want to work with?
IR: Definitely Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Drake and I love Chris Brown.
PYNK: How would you define your music, persona in a few words?
IR: My music is just so dang awesome, it’s just a great feeling when you hear it, I love it and when I’m recording it – if I don’t feel great about it then it’s not something I want to pursue but so far my music has been a great feeling to everyone.
PYNK: If you had like an ultimate purchase as a baller what would it be?
IR: My ultimate purchase is a yacht, that’s just something that i find, something you can just sail away [in], you can travel so I’d like to get a yacht and just enjoy the water, I love being around water.
You can find Ikea Roxi @IkeaRoxi or on FB and YouTube as Ikea Roxi. Check out the visuals for her song “Mirror” here: