HHD: Tikaboo, where did that name come from?
T: When everyone played peekaboo it became Tikaboo. It’s a name I received from my family.
HHD: You developed your skills from battling with your aunts. Can you talk to us about that?
T: When I first started rapping I used to walk around with my aunts and they used to be battling the guys out there. So, I fell in love with that. I used to write poetry so one day I put one of my poems to a beat. They get a lot of points for me being as sweet as I am.
HHD: Describe your lyrical style for us.
HHD: How’s the hip hop scene in Richmond, Virginia?
T: Richmond, you probably heard other people say it, is like crabs in a bucket. Soon as someone get to the top the other crab try to pull them down. I love this state but it’s filled with so much hate. All they got to do is let someone make it and it open the doors for them.
HHD: What do you think you bring to hip hop that’s currently missing or what do you think you add to hip hop?
T: The rap game needs me because I do it so easy. There ain’t another female rapper that’s actually rapping what I’m rapping about. That’s what the game is missing, it’s missing Tikaboo.
HHD: Who are your musical influences?
T: When I started rapping I used to listen to Eve’s “First Lady” cd. I used to listen to what she rap about and I could relate to it because we both grew up bad, in the hood as they call it. Lil Wayne really influenced me a lot.
HHD: Who would you say are the top three female rappers of all time — past, present, or future?
T: Lil Kim because you can feel that she went through it. I like her cause she real but what I don’t like about her is she nasty. Like I said, sex sells but I ain’t gotta sell sex. I like Remy Ma. I listen to what she saying and I can relate to that. I also like Gangsta Boo from Three Six Mafia. I look at them as my competition. When it comes to who’s influenced me, both of my aunts, they rap. So, they influenced me.
HHD: What’s your definition of a hip hop diva?
T: Well, Tikaboo. If hip hop diva was in the dictionary it”ll be Tikaboo. I could say it’s me but that’s not the style I want people to look for from me. I want people to know I’m real. Of course a diva comes across as being fly, so I’ll say I’m fly. A diva is a woman and women have a lot of power.
Check out Tikaboo at www.myspace.com/tikaboo18.