By: Albert Dadson
Being from Miami has shaped rapper, Lucy Badass’ life. Her tale is one that helps people see that as long as you have your morals and remember where you came from you can be successful.
Lucy Badass has that old school feel that people say is missing from the game now.
I took a listen to two of her songs and I instantly thought Lauryn Hill and I got the Fugees vibe from her music.
It was great to see somebody at 22-years old that had the old school vibe in their veins.
She is a rapper out of Miami that has a great story to tell. She has faced trouble being a female rapper but that hasn’t stopped her grind.
We sat down with her yesterday and talked to her about everything from her inspirations to how she got to where she is at right now.
Q: When I was listening to your two songs you kind of had an old school feel to your music. Who are your inspirations in music?
LB: One of my first inspirations was Pac. I watched a lot of his interviews and he was always filled with a lot of positivity and he tried to lift his community up anyway that he could. Then I started listening to Nas and Biggie and it was very different with the feelings and emotions that they put out but they all had something to say. Those were the main rappers I listened to.
Q: When you were growing up was music a big factor in your life?
LB: It was very big. I had to listen to music as I was going to sleep, waking up, if I was very emotional there was a song for that, and if I wanted to destroy everything around me there was a song for that. I listen to all genres. I used to play bass for a metal band so that’s how diverse in music I am.
Q: How important is being a sex symbol to you in music?
LB: Being a sex symbol is actually not important to me at all. I want to show woman and men that there doesn’t need to be any sexual aspect in a female for you to want her. There’s more to a woman than just the flesh and physical aspect in life so most definitely I’m out here trying to show people that there’s more to music then that freaky, take your clothes off.
Q: Female musicians always talk about how hard it is to make it in hip hop. Do you face any hardship in being a female in music?
LB: Yeah all the time actually. One of the biggest issue I face is paying for studio time and meeting engineers and producers that still want to have an intimate relationship even though I proved that I am focused on my music. So then I have to stay strong and leave mid projects to find somebody else that will take me serious. They want male rappers and those are the ones they’ll really do the work for so for us we have to work that much harder.
Q: What would you tell a younger artist that is interested in making music?
LB: I would tell her to keep head strong and to not let anyone sell her short and that she is worth more than any materialistic thing like cars or apartments. Also, she’s worth more than a silly contract of two years for sure so I would let her know to not get sold on anything that would last a couple years. She would really have to look for the bigger picture.
Q: You shout out 305 in your music a lot. How does being from Miami affect your music?
LB: When I was younger I was living in the streets. I was in foster care so Miami was a very big part of me living out there alone and getting to know the streets for what they really were. It was different because I grew up in one half of my life with a very strict father and when I was out there Miami blew up in my face. I learned what’s hard and what’s really worth it in life. Miami teaches you what’s up and down.
Q: Trina is an artist from Miami and she is basically a legend. Do you look up to her in any way?
LB: I give Trina all her respect and she’s an amazing artist. I don’t down her in any way but for me I would never look up to her only because she sells females short. Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu those are people I look up to. She needs to empower women a little bit more.
To tell you the truth when I first heard your music I was like yeah she sounds like Lauren Hill.
LB: Thank you that’s a huge compliment.
Q: What helps your creativity in the studio?
LB: Honestly, I’m 420 friendly so that always gets me going. I got to relax my mind and maybe take a little sip. I like to think about my past or maybe my current situations. I like to think about my life events because I’ve been through a lot so I have a lot to talk about and that helps me a lot.
What goals will you have accomplished that will make you say I am content with where I am now or I have done what I set out to do?
LB: Giving back to the kids. Once I know I can give back to where I came from, to other kids in other places and rebuild what is being broken down then I know I made it.