She’s an MC, she’s a vocalist, she’s a mom and she’s probably the coolest chick we know (and we know a lot of cool chicks). California native Dev (born Devin Tailes) is kind of hard to define, and we’re pretty sure that’s the way she likes it. You already know her voice — Far East Movement‘s 2010 mega smash “Like A G6” samples Dev’s “Booty Bounce.” She’s the reason y’all felt so fly sippin’ your sizzurp that summer. Respect.
But Dev isn’t done after one successful sample — after her first official single “Bass Down Low” had a strong showing on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after its November 2010 release, Dev released her debut album, The Night The Sun Came Up, in the U.K. in 2011. But 2012 marks the U.S. release (March 27 to be specific) of her debut, including the car-bumpin’ “In My Trunk” and the sparse, downtempo “Take Her From You.”
We spent some time with Dev during her mtvU Woodies Awards, where she performed, co-hosted and gave Snooki some great mom-to-be advice. Now we’ve got more video interviews with the “Kiss My Lips” singer, and she’s opening up about her career, her “sensitive side” and her musical friends, who include Enrique Iglesias (her costar in her brand-new video, “Naked“) and Timbaland, who Dev had a great time with in the studio: “The vibe was just really cool, and it wasn’t anything too weird or awkward.” Now you know: Timbaland — not a weirdo.
Download Dev’s “Kiss My Lips” by right-clicking this link, and watch videos, interviews and performances from Dev after the jump. Also be sure to check out MTV’s GYT campaign — Dev partnered up with GYT to spread awareness of knowing your STD status. See? Talented and smart.
+ Dev on her career
+ Dev on her album release
+ Dev on her sensitive side
+ Dev on being a mom
+ Dev on making musical friends
+ Dev, “Lightspeed (Live)”
+ Dev, “Kiss My Lips (Live)”