Q: When and why did you become a rap artist?
A: I grew up in the culture, it was a part of my life style. My big brother was into Hip-Hop. He wrote graffiti and he had pictures of Tupac and Biggie on his wall.
He used to have a microphone and he would record in his room. Most of my childhood growing up, I was just that girl who could rap. It wasn’t until I got older that I was exposed to the possibility of it being a career. When I was in the world, I went out to the club, and I would end up rapping by the DJ booth or outside in cyphers and things like that. I ended up reconciling with God and going to a Christian College and a friend invited me to do a feature and slowly but surely it became what it is now.
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Years in industry: 2
Q: What are some of the challenges that you face being a woman in a male dominated industry?
A: It’s hard to separate the female struggle from a normal struggle. Touring and things like that can be difficult because it’s a male dominated genre so things can get awkward, especially in the Christian space. Everyone is nervous about sin issues and things like that. Some people tend to become reluctant to bring a female. A group of males can dorm up in a room but a female needs her own room. So, I’ve experienced some of those types of tensions and other things that I have to wrestle through. With that being said, I’ve also been able to present to them the fact that although you may have to increase the budget, women can generate proprietary income that men cannot. So being able to present that side of the argument curves the struggles.
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