In the opening moments of her new documentary, up-and-coming hip-hop star Kodie Shane doesn’t mince words when describing herself. “Kodie Shane is fun, Kodie Shane is passionate,” she says, with intermittent clips of her high-energy performances cutting her words apart. “Queer as fuck, by the way, and happy about it. But still, all the way, trying to figure it out. I’m definitely still figuring out me all the way.”
What follows Shane’s moment of self-definition is an insightful, informative documentary titled Remember the Name: Kodie Shane that tracks a moment in the singer’s life as she prepares to open for Kehlani at Red Bull Music’s 30 Days in Chicago back in November. This was Shane’s biggest show yet, and one that she viewed as a major steppingstone in her career.
But the 19-year-old artist certainly didn’t appear out of thin air: Shane began her career back in 2014 at age 14, releasing singles like “Crown Me” and later “Sad.” Thanks to the singer’s blossoming sound, she was able to become a member of rapper Lil Yachty’s Sailing Team, helping the young rapper out on tracks like “22 Diamonds” and “One Night,” which served as a launching pad for the rest of her career.
Now, Shane has parted ways with the Sailing Team and is gearing up for the release of her new album (whose title she has yet to reveal). In the documentary, Shane and her producer Matty P establish that she is positioned on the verge of a major breakthrough into the mainstream. “I feel like we’re getting close to that point,” Matty said. “Like a ceiling, like a glass ceiling, where it’s like, ‘OK cool, we’ve grinded our way up to the peak of this space, and now it’s time to breakthrough and become the small fish in this next phase of Kodie’s career.’”
Following Shane as she gets a new tattoo, holds a meet-and-greet, has downtime with her family and eventually performs at Chicago’s Riviera Theater, the documentary also shows more vulnerable moments of the young artist. In one moment in particular, Shane gets a phone call from her girlfriend Skye and looks directly at the camera and says, “I got this mic on me, I gotta be careful.”
Ultimately, the documentary paints a picture of a young artist not only on the verge of stardom, but one who is willing to work for it. Through tapings of her studio sessions and the live show, Shane comes across as hip-hop’s next big thing thanks to the sheer force of her will. “I know I want people to be like, ‘Wow, they created a monster,’” she says at one point with a laugh. “I want people to look at me like, ‘She representing for us. She didn’t care. She a hero.’”
Watch the full documentary Remember the Name: Kodie Shane below: