NIKKIYA IS A GENUINE SPIRIT SINGING LIFE INTO THE EARS OF HER LISTENERS. HER CHRISTIAN UPBRINGING GIVES HER THAT SOUL THAT TOUCHES YOUR SPIRIT AND HER UNCANNY KNACK FOR CREATING STORIES FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCES GIVES HER THAT GIRL NEXT DOOR APPEAL. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH NIKKIYA GRACED THE MIC AT THE LEGENDARY SOB’S IN NYC TO A RECEPTIVE AUDIENCE. THEHIPHOPDIVA SPOKE WITH HER ON THE HEELS OF THAT PERFORMANCE AND IT WAS JUST LIKE TALKING TO A CLOSE GIRLFRIEND.
HHD: First things first. You had a show at SOB’s today in New York. How did it go?
NIKKIYA: It was amazing. My mic sounded nice and the crowd, they were actually very receptive. I feel blessed.
HHD: Let’s take a trip to your past for a little bit. You’re a preacher’s kid, who at one time got into the street life. Was this out of rebellion or experimentation?
NIKKIYA: I guess a little bit of both. My father was a preacher but my mom was like a wild spirit. I guess it’s just genetically in me to do certain things. I was trying what I saw my mama doing. My father and his side of the family were so strict and adamant that I go to Christian schools and church every Sunday.
HHD: When you sing I can hear your life in your voice. I can tell that you’ve had some experiences that tie into your music both in sound and music. How do you connect the two?
NIKKIYA: I try to make sure that every time I record or write a song that it’s genuine and coming from a real place. I have three very close friends and whatever they’re going through I can touch on some of their stuff through my music. So, it’s all genuine and I’m glad it connects.
HHD: That boyfriend that was in jail that connected you to your producer, Will Power, are you two still together? Whatever happened to him?
NIKKIYA: No, actually. It’s funny because one of my best friends just saw him in Wal-Mart or something in South Carolina two days ago. She called me and was like girl I just seen him and he was looking all good.
HHD: Does he try to act like you owe him something for helping connect you to your dream or is he not worried about it?
NIKKIYA: No, he’s not worried about it. We’re living two completely separate different lives. I don’t know if he even knows that I mentioned him.
HHD: Moving on to the music, using one word describe your music.
HHD: What does Nikkiya bring to the table that we aren’t currently being served?
NIKKIYA: I’m fully capable of and willing to do all types of music and then I’m genuine. If I wanted to put out a gospel album tomorrow I can do that because I love the Lord and that’s genuine. If I want to do pop I can do that too. I bring a full plethora of craziness.
HHD: You featured MC Lyte on your debut album SPEAKHER. Are there any other female hip hop artists you would like to collaborate with?
NIKKIYA: Missy Elliott, she’s like my idol.
HHD: Who would you say your music appeals to?
NIKKIYA: Anybody, guys, girls, gangstas, gays, God-fearing – all the G’s of the world are my people.
HHD: What’s up next for Nikkiya? You just had this amazing show. You released your debut album August 2011, what’s up next for you?
NIKKIYA: We’re releasing the album called “SPEAKHER Overload” and we’re including five additional songs. You can find that May 1st on djbooth.net.
HHD: What is your definition of a hip hop diva?
NIKKIYA: One who is comfortable in her own skin and she is confident no matter what.