Age: 24
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Hometown: Alexandria VA , NOT Alexandria City
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What’s it like being from The Highway?
It’s a lot of pride associated with it, at least for me and those I grew up with in Sac, Janna Lee, and even in Hagel Circle on the Lorton end. (S/O Buckman, Fordson, Beacon Hill, Lockheed and all in between) We always had our own finesse and swag and even the term ‘da highway” has been used in that context for over 30 years now. Certain families have roads named after them (Quander Rd) and the whole route is dripping with a sound, history, and aggression you can’t really match with the rest of VA. We a different type of breed.
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“Wrote this, recorded and dropped it all in a day. Power went out, had to re-record a PERFECT VERSION NOBODY WILL HEAR but fuck it. Took the beat “Juice” by some fella named Playboi Carti & made it mine. Like a pirate. It’s mine now lmao.”
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Who are your influences as an artist in general?
My influences are those from the early 90’s underground hip hop scene, such as Redman, Method Man, Cypress Hill, Eazy E, Lost Boyz, Mystikal, Dr. Dre, Grandmaster Caz, Marley Marl, DMX, Cold Crush Brothers, Treacherous Three, Beastie Boys, Kim, Eve, lmaoo the list goes on. PSA: these people are from an era of hip hop many people are blind or unaware of. Real hip hop heads know. Go hip yourselves.
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“Classic Dr. Dre beat. Wrote to it smacked. This was an experiment because the beat is so old but again, I’m a pirate, so I took this gold filled chest and bodied it.  4 minute HIP HOP HEAVEN.”
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Who is the first female MC you remember hearing? Who’s your favorite?
I remember way early on, in 94, my mom bought a cassette tape by Salt n Pepa with their DJ Spinderella. Inspiration at its finest. My favorite would have to be a three way tie: Eve, Brat, and Kim. Hardcore Kim. Ask ya mommies.
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How has your experience as a female MC been in terms of reception?
GOODNESS. The reception was really biased at first, which unfortunately is a kind of “hazing” all female MC’s go through. “Is she hard?” “Do she sound like Rico (and/or other comparisons)?” “Is she pretty?” & all of these questions I personally gave absolutely no fuck about putting in effort to prove or answer, but for many others it can be disheartening. I learned, though, the more you rap like you KNOW you can body niggas, and it’s not a focus on image or clout, the attention and the promotion will come to you. When you have a good product, it speaks for itself.
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“Personally, I HATE that Gucci Gang song. Hard beat, basic commercial ass lyrics? That won’t do. Here the pirate comes, snatching all the gold. Wrote this to basically show people you CAN be lyrical and still crank like shit.”
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How do you know Sonny Ward and 90Wyse?
I know Sonny through social media. At the time I lived in Suitland, MD and had just started reconnecting with local artists back home. I’ve seen him perform, but I never had a sit down smoke-some-pack-and-talk session. Maybe soon. 90Wyse however slid in the DM’s praising a song I had just then released, “Needa Bag”. We’ve been close ever since, and dare I say, grown much closer over time. Mouth shut.
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What do you have coming up? Projects, shows etc..?
Soo many features to look out for. My next performance is Feb 3rd in Woodbridge, VA, which will be awesome since this is my first performance so close to home; I normally get invited to perform in DC, so it’s LIT like SHIT. My weekly drops, #SundayMorningSpecial will be starting back up again on February 27th, this upcoming Saturday. From then on, there are weekly songs that drop on Soundcloud. After they are released, #SMS Vol.2 on Spinrilla is released, just like the first. Keep watching me, I swear later you won’t have a choice. #BetterThanNiggasAtThis
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PSA: @GUNPLAYLEXY is my SOLE management, and one of the best. Love you lex.
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