“I love different types of music and different types of women for different reasons. I would love to see, not just individual artists coming out, but more of that whole Salt n Pepa kind of vibe.”
“We got Nicki Minaj and she came into the game from scratch, like when you first pour grease in the pot and watch it boil up. She started from boiling to flaming and it’s all because of working. It’s seeing that lane open and deciding that you’re gonna go in and smash until you break through. That’s her right now. You have a Diamond that’s doing her thing getting exposure like with the “My Chick Bad” record and now doing all these different singles. You got Rasheeda out of Atlanta trying to get people to open up and see, “I’m here, I’m doing my thing and I’m making music.” You got Lola [Monroe] who is coming back to the industry [as an MC]. But it’s not enough. We need more women. You got Remy that’s not here, who I love and can’t wait to get back. You got Missy that needs to put out an album, you got Eve that needs to put out an album, you got Kim that needs to put out an album—everybody just needs to put out records. You need consistent records. Women need to drop albums period.”
“Image is important because it’s a good marketing tool. Starting from the beginning for me, it was all about being sexy and provocative but I think music meets fashion now, so it’s gone to a different [level]. People don’t like the same stuff— they get bored and want to see new ways of expression.”
#2: BE A BOSS CHICK
“The business aspect right now is so much clearer than it was 10 years ago. I’m around a bunch of guys but I learned a lot because it molded me into becoming my own brand. Now everything is out on the table whether you’re on an independent label or whether you’re on a major label. There’s so many different things you can learn about the business and the people around you like, signing contracts, making sure your money’s right… it’s so much easier now. Everything that possibly could have happened or gone wrong probably already happened so there’s no reason for you to not have your business right. That’s what’s gonna allow you to have any type of longevity, any type of substance or any type of career. I’ve been doing this for 10 years and it took me getting my business together for me to still do it. Honestly, it wasn’t always together but when it was together I saw such a great difference.”
“Unity is important. It seems like it’s not as solid as it could be because women are emotional and one thing about women is when people start jigging and jabbing at you, you feel a kind of way and that’s what kept a lot of distance between women in hip-hop. But it’s a lot of beautiful women in hip-hop and if it was more unity and people made the records that the fans and the people want to hear—women especially—because of the strength we have. I think that’s one major way women can get back on top.”
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