You’ve been compared to Nicki Minaj in a lot of ways, what do you say about that?
It doesn’t bother me at all. When you’re a female, you’re gonna be compared to somebody. If you don’t get compared you’re really wack, and you’re not going anywhere. It’s a compliment. You wanna compare me to the hottest chick in the game right now, I’m fine with that. In terms of emcees ,I’m sure people can see the separation.
What have you seen thus far, being a female in a male-dominated industry?
You just have to prove yourself more. I just consider it motivation, so it doesn’t really bother me. There’s more dudes in the game than girls, but we’re coming.
Who are your lyrical influences?
I love Eminem, Biggie, 2Pac, Lupe, anyone who makes great music and is good at storytelling, because that’s what I do. I tell my story in my music. So when I hear another artist do that, I can appreciate it.
A lot of talent has come from Toronto. There’s Drake, Melanie Fiona, and others. Do you feel like you’re representing for Toronto or for everywhere that you’re from?
I feel like I’m representing from every single place I’m from. I’m representing for Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and definitely Toronto. That’s a city I spend a lot of time in. Definitely Kansas City because that’s another city I’ve spent a lot of time in. I’ve been around so much that I haven’t been at one place more than the other another. I don’t have a solid place, but if you ask me where I’m from I’m going to tell you Sudan because that’s my birthplace, and I’m still fluent in the language and I love my family. So I’m representing everywhere.
What can we expect sonically for this album?
Greatness. The album is just going to be phenomenal. I’ve been in the studio collaborating with a whole bunch of different producers. It was a learning experience also, because prior to that, I was a kid writing rhymes in my room. I haven’t really collaborated with any producers like that. Like sitting in the studio, having the experience of working with someone else and collaborating my vibes with their vibes to create something else, so I love the process. The process is dope, so the outcome is going to be great.
Any key people that you want to name drop?
Nope. [laughs] There’s going to be some dope, dope, dope collaborations.
Where do you draw your eclectic fashion style from?
I draw it from anything around me; I’m inspired by anything. I’ve just always been the kid that wanted to create. I’ve always wanted to make something different. I was in the 5th grade, and I wore a bandana around my head and left my hair poofy, a girl came up to me; she was two grades older and she said, ‘I’ve always wanted to do that, but I was really scared.’ I’ve always just wanted to express myself. I cut, rip, pull, whatever.
Are there any popular style trends that you’re really into?
I think everything gets recycled. I’ll see something, and it’s from the 80s or the 60s, so I think everything gets revamped. Everything has phases. You’re going to have a trend, then you go to the next one. I don’t like any specific trends. I say style over fashion. For example, whether it’s $2000 or $2, I’m going to buy it. I love labels–Gucci, Louis, Fendi, Prada–but I’d rather pull it, pick it and like it rather than it just be a brand.
What imprint would you love to make on this industry?
I want to go down as one of the best female rappers ever, period. I hope it comes to a time where they won’t even say female, they’ll say Best Rapper Ever. I hope that I can create some type of unity, and I really pray that more females come into the game, so in the next couple years, it’s no longer a male-dominated industry–where it’s just a whole bunch of females. Ladies first.