When did you start doing Music?
Music has always played a huge role in my life. I did not begin to take it serious until about 2005. That year I learned that rapping was release therapy for me. Once I started seeing how my words affected others…I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
Which artist do you share similar styles with?
I usually tell people that I am cross between Lauryn (Hill) and Missy. That way you get a rough understanding of my conscious soulful side, but also know im playful, sexual, and got flows for days. Both women are super creative and themselves all the time. They speak their truths and thats what Hip Hop is all about.
Who’s your favorite rapper of all time and why?
Jay-Z. Hands Down. His flow, his delivery, his swag…Jeez. From a business standpoint I appreciate him for showing me how many doors Hip Hop can truly open, no matter where you come from. He’s one of the few that spoke his truth and told both sides. Especially being a man that at one point in his life sold drugs. Now a days its more glorified than anything else. Jay-Z spoke about the money, women, cars, etc, but also the heartache you can cause your mom, or relationship issues, loosing people to the streets, etc. The one thing I love the most about him is his ability to grow and adapt. It sets the tone. He’s not the same man/artist he was when he entered the game. It’s beautiful. He’s such a well rounded individual that I pray one day I can work with. Shit I’d work for him too.
How did you feel when you won your first HHS title?
Shocked. I always feel in competitions that you never know what can happen so I never feel as if anything is guaranteed. Never know what the judges are looking for. Im just happy as shit. I prayed for it because being an artist that supports herself and am my biggest investor, I need money all the time. Being an artist is an everyday hustle. Recording, promotion, marketing, wardrobe, travel fees, etc, it all cost money. Especially when you’re trying to be consistent. All that on top of rent and other bills, its a lot. I felt grateful on a level that only somebody that gives their dream all they have, would understand. This will allow me to continue to take care of business. Thats what I want. To always be able to take care of business and be recognized for my hustle and my love for what I do.
Who was your Toughest competitor at a Hip Hop SeaZon Showcase And Why?
I don’t know. I was worried about everybody, because I never underestimate anyone. I still don’t know who the judges were. So I couldn’t tell who was a favorite amongst them or anything. All night I just made sure I stayed focused. I don’t drink or smoke so I can always be aware and on my toes. I wanted to blow people away. I wanted them to remember me. I watched everyone who touched that stage and used it as motivation.
Who’s your celebrity crush?
Omari Hardwick who plays Ghost in Power, and the beautiful and talented actress Zoe Saldana.
What was your most memorable moment at a Hip Hop SeaZon Showcase?
The dance competition. I believe that all the elements in Hip Hop connect us. I am always more intrigued by people that can do things that I cant do. These guys could really fuckin dance. It was amazing.
Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?
Traveling the world. Headlining tours. Building with and learning from the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, and many others. Working on an album with Kendrick and J. Cole, like a new school Fugees. Being able to support my family and give back to my community. Or at least in the process of setting things into place where I can effect my community in a major way.
Any shout outs you’d like to make?
I would like to thank God, for blessing me with a gift that allows me to connect with others and brings me peace. I want to shoutout my producer Sloppy Joe, for rocking with me and helping me bring my words to life through his beats. We are on our third mixtape together and dont plan on stopping. He’s a beast. My cousin Kerry for supporting me, investing in me, promoting me and helping me in any way that helps to get the job done. My girlfriend Jo for being supportive and believing in me, investing in me, and helping me develop as an artist on different levels by constantly challenging me to try new things and hone my skills. My father for always being there, being the first to introduce music to me, and suggest that I write my own songs. Daisy for teaching me young to treat people the way I want to be treated, and exposing me to the world in a way that I respect all ways of life. My mother and everyone else that believes in me and supports my dream. Also any artist that came before me that made it possible for me to do what I do. Thank you.