Rasheeda: Certified Hot Chick, Boss Chick, Miss Bubblegum, Georgia Peach – A Female MC By Any Other Name Would Still Rhyme As Sweet

 

Longevity in the music business is an accomplishment that deserves a standing O. It’s unfortunate that not many women get that type of recognition – especially in the rap game. And for that fault, I will stand right now and clap ‘til my hands are raw for Rasheeda. From the hip-hop girl group Da Kaperz to independently mastering her own career, Rasheeda is a female MC like no other. With five—count them—albums under her belt, Rasheeda has always kept it 100% real and put forth the music that always says exactly who she is. Rasheeda is a Certified Hot Chick—which also happens to the name of her latest release, due out June 16th—that has proven that she deserves respect in this rap game. Her lyrics are authentic, hard-hitting, booty shaking, sister-girl testimonies and all things she’s gone through and know that other women can relate to. By the end of our conversation, I could have sworn that Rasheeda and I were homegirls since grade school and that’s exactly how you’re going to feel once you give this Certified Hot Chick a listen.

-Danielle Young

 

 

Female MC’s usually span the entire spectrum—on one end, you have the oversexed types and then you have the more masculine types. Do you feel a female MC has to be either/or?

There has to be a certain lane to what you’re doing. Being too hard is out of the question, at this point. At one point in hip hop, it was totally fine back when there was Lady of Rage and even Latifah was a little hard. Now, you have to find your lane, your medium, your comfort zone. You have to—as a woman—if you’re going to put out anything; you have to put out music that other women can relate to. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be oversexy all the time because women aren’t really like that all the time. There’s some days I wake up feeling sexy, some days I wake up pissed off about a relationship problem and I just stay in my lane. I feel as though image and substance to what you’re talking about is really important, but also that’s why it’s called being an artist. You have to be flexible.

  

What does it mean to you to have longevity in this game?

It means a lot, being a female. I’m glad that I have fans that are eager and waiting. To be able to stay in the game and stay consistent is really important as a female because I think that’s what we lack. You can’t measure the success by this many or that many units sold because it’s a business, not just about that. I know throughout the years, I have gained more fans, excelled and grown. Being able to do what I love and have more fans and go into different countries and people absorb my music, means the world to me.

 

The new album—Certified Hot Chick. Love the name! What makes you one?

I feel a big overwhelming confidence and security. I wanted to display that on the album. With having five albums under your belt, you overcome things, you experience a lot in this business. That’s the best words that I could use to display the confidence, independence and feeling like I can drive this boat at this point—be the captain of your own ship kind of thing. I wanted this title to be something that other women can relate to because we’re expanding. I know the economy is messed up and there is a lot going on, but being a momma don’t change the fact that we’re in recession, you still got to be a momma. I wanted to give women something, where they could be like, “Pop that Certified Hot Chick in, that’s me!” [laughs]

 

So it is safe to assume that we’re going to hear a lot of positive, uplifting lyrics on the album?

**to read Rasheeda’s response & the rest of the interview, click HERE**

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