How did you get started with your music?
I come from a very spiritual family, were singing for the good Lord Jesus always came first. I had been singing solos in church, performing in talent shows and writing my own songs since the age of 7. My interest in rap music came from my older brother Jimmy and my cousin Eli. They were both into hip-hop and rap heavy. I had always tried to be underneath them wanting to do what they were doing. There wasn’t much for me to do being the only girl in the house. I was like 13 when I spit my first rap to my cousin, who at the time was producing beats for my brother. My cousin liked it and ever since then I was in the studio with them recording, writing and taking notes. To date, my brother and cousin no longer rap. They both gave it up to practice Islam, so I’m left to carry the torch.
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m pretty much putting the finishing touches on my album titled, nom de code: NIKITA, which is slated to be released some time in December, and working on my industry mix cd hosted by Prow Flow Radio’s DJ Mad MaXxx out of Ohio. Shout out to Mad MaXxx! I’m a bit critical of myself sometimes so it can cause delays…lol! I’m also doing a lot of promotion and networking. Recently I was asked to do a feature for an interactive magazine called Underwire. The pilot episode alone received over 600,000 downloads, so that was a real good look. Shout out to Storm! Good lookin’ my nigga! Not to mention the world’s famous WWS magazine! Thanks for contacting me to do this feature; I really appreciate the love and support! Big Will get at ya homeguh! Yeah…lol!
What kind of music do you listen to and how does it influence your music?
I mostly listen to Hip-Hop, Rap, and R&B. Every now and then I’ll venture off into other genres like Gospel, Pop and Rock. No Country though…lol! Listening to different genres allow me to be more creative and innovative. If you listen to my music you can hear which genres, and which artists from that genre I’ve been influenced by. Some of my fans label me as the female Slim Thug, or Young Jeezy! My voice is so deep and sluggish that people think it’s a nigga rapping or my voice is altered…lol! But I’m from Texas baby, I was born with my voice screwed already ya dig!
What's your opinion on mainstream hip-hop today? What do you like or not like?
Mainstream Hip-Hop today is at an all-new level. By Hip-Hop being mainstream, it has allowed itself to reach the masses. I like that you can find Hip-Hop in the poorest hood, to the richest suburb! It’s still a lot of politics involved though! The word mainstream to me in some cases mean money! The fact that some of the major labels are paying off DJ’s and mainstream radio to have their artists spun is upsetting to the culture! We no longer have the right to decide who’s hot and who’s not! It’s like the government has taken over Hip-Hop and Rap! I love the fact that artists with a huge fan base like myself have the option of being independent. Being in a digital era now, everybody is downloading songs, so CD’s are not being sold like they used to. Great for the independent artist! I pocketed 93% of the return off my download sales. To date I have reached a little over 7,000 downloads of my single Ain’t Nuthin’! Imagine what my album sales will be like!
Who do you admire?
My musical admiration ranges from great urban pop icons like, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, and Lauryn Hill. Can’t forget about legends out of the Lone Star State like UGK, The Geto Boys, Scarface, and Lil’ Flip. On a personal note, I really admire my grandmother Big Momma. She’s a very strong woman that takes care of her family. She took care of me when I was little. She practically raised me. I hope one day to be as strong as she is!
Why would people want to listen to your music over someone else's?
My music style is universal. I got something for everybody. Your mother, sister, and brother could relate to it. Commercial, political and street! Like I said before, Listening to different genres allow me to be more creative and innovative! East, West, North and South…it’s whatever! Any hood and any suburb can get wit it…lol!
Who have you worked with and how have they affected your work?
I’ve worked with some great up and coming producers, artists, and engineers from all over the states, to broaden the specs of the album. From Dallas, TX a super producer by the name of Pozart. I grew up with him so It’s all good when I’m in the studio with him; I worked with a big name producer out on the East Coast by the name of Sleep Nitty for 187 Music. He’s also, the founding father of Essex County Gangland’s notorious underground gangsta rap group Lawless! From the Mid West Mad MaXxx, a producer by the name of Sound Track out of Chicago, DJ Fathom out on the West Coast Cali, and out of New York a producer by the name of S. Brunette. The list goes on! Just to name a few, I’ve worked with artists such as Ca$hme, Cruddy, and Mu-Mafia from the group Lawless, and a rock artist by the name of CB from New Jersey. All these contributions make for a well rounded artist and album! Brings a different sound to the game!
What is your local hip-hop scene like?
We’ll you know Texas is the home of the chopped and screwed. Everybody’s pretty much laid back and relaxed. You know down here in Texas we have our own style of doin’ thangs. I’m from a little town called Texarkana, which is the border of Texas and Arkansas. We hang out on the main street they call Stateline! Stateline is the actual border that divides the two states! We eat, smoke, drank, and listen to the Lone Star State Greats like DJ Screw, UGK, Lil’ Keke, Z-RO and da rest of em on the Stateline!
Where do you see yourself in a year from now?
I want to gain world wide commercial status. To become a household name like the greats! I haven’t reached it yet, but I’m almost there. I have a huge following in Texas, and gaining a great number of fans on the East and West coasts. Gaining fans on the East Coast ain’t no easy task, lol! You got to be tight, they ain’t into no bullshit, especially with talks that south rap ain’t really rap. Or we don’t have skills, lol!
Any additional information you would like us to know?
Yes, make sure you download my single “Ain’t Nuthin” available worldwide on Apple iTunes, Tower Records, Yahoo Music, Best Buy, Rhapsody, Napster, MSN Music and more! You can also download for free the exclusive track “Huntin feat. Lil’ Wayne” off my forth-coming mix cd titled The Capo régime Special Opps Intel Vol.1 here on WWSmag.com! The music video is scheduled to be featured on BET.com’s Ya Heard’s Unsigned Music Videos, so make sure ya’ll check that out! Also, be on a look out for my debut album nom de code: NIKITA, coming real soon! You can hear a preview of the album by visiting www.sherecordings.com, or on Myspace at www.myspace.com/nomdecodenikita.