Thehiphopdiva.com had the chance to speak with Lil Mama. Here’s how it went.
HHD: As a child you wrote poetry and you choreographed dance. Wht inspired you to transform that into a rap career?
LM: I never transformed it into a rap career. I’m basically talented in all those areas and I exercise them all. During the week I would go to dance. I would go to the studio. It all just came out as one expression.
HHD: You are, agewise, such a young artist yet your lyrics are very deep. One might expect to hear the stories you rap about from someone who has lived a much longer time span. What influences your song lyrics? Is it your life, the lives of those around you, or just overall society?
LM: The society where I come from because it’s like growing up in the hood a lot of people going through the same thing. I’m just using my voice to put it out there. Whether it’s my story or not; it’s still my story.
HHD: As a female rapper signed to a major record label what has the music industry taught you?
LM: It’s taught me that it’s not all what it’s made up to be. Everybody ain’t friendly. It ain’t as much love in the heart of the city like they say it is.
HHD: Through your lyrics and participation in community events it’s apparent that you find it important to encourage and educate today’s youth. Would you agree with this statement and why or why not?
LM: I definitely agree with that statement. In the midst of being an artist, it takes me out of that realm.
HHD: What rappers do you look up to and why?
LM: I look up to several people for different reasons. I look up to Missy Elliott – people who have made their mark in music and made a difference and put it out there. The real deal. What’s really going on in our hearts and our cities. I respect them for their message. Jay Z told us his story of how he wanted to leave the hood. As he traveled through his journey, he kept us posted. I look up to him. I look up to Jada Pinkett Smith. Her having an image that I can look at. I’m like, wow! Her going from where she was yesterday to where she is today. She really did her thing. She’s very successful.
HHD: How do you view the curent role of females in hip hop? What do you think has caused the current state of the female MC?
LM: There’s different generations of females in hip hop. Jada Pinkett Smith is hip hop – actress. In the beginning for her career. She took it to a whole other level. She’s still giving people inspiration and letting them know it can be done. Queen Latifah, she’s a legend. Whether she makes another record, she’s a legacy in music. When she went into movies she played in one of the biggest movies in history – Chicago. I think that’s incredible. Then you have myself. I’m coming up. I went from music to television and was able to expand. They used to put me in a box as a rapper. Now it’s Lil Mama the rapper, Lil Mama the judge, Lil Mama the dancer, Lil Mama the songwriter. It’s like where do you put her? I think that we’re going to continue being successful no matter what.
HHD: What’s your definition of a hip hop diva?
LM: My definition would be a woman who carries herself out into the world and can stand up in any place and still be herself.
HHD: Right now can you let us know what projects you’re working on that we can be on the look out to support?
LM: I’m definitely gonna put out an album int he fourth quarter. We’ll have a big party in October.
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