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HipHopOnDeck Exclusive Interview w/ Kia Rap Princess | @KiaRapPrincess

HipHopOnDeck Exclusive Interview w/ Kia Rap Princess /
Milwaukee, Wisconsin rapper/singer and Blaqlizt Entertainment artist Kia Rap Princess presents “Yeen Gotta Get Naked”, her new single produced by USB Cartel. Kia has several mixtapes under her belt including Pure Kia, Heiress To The Throne volumes 1 and 2 and I Am Kia Rap Princess (listen to all her mixtapes here). She also has several videos to her credit including 2013′s “No Limit” (watch all her videos here). Kia describes “Yeen Gotta Get Naked” as “a record that was inspired by the everyday woman who is faced with the pressures of society that they have to bare all to be successful in a male-dominated world. I have been told I would have to ‘soften’ or ‘feminize’ my appearance if I want to appeal to the masses and sell records. This mentality has to change. We have to start appreciating the value of women and appreciate them for their uniqueness and true beauty in general. We need to send a new message to little girls all around the world that it is okay to be who they are (inside and out) and that they can still rise above and achieve great things without having to show their bodies or changing who they truly are inside. #NOLIMIT”

How long have you been rapping? What was your inspiration to start?

I've been pursuing rapping as an indie artist for ten years but I originally started as a youngster, rapping on the porch with my cousins and the boys on the block. I watched all the popular stations on TV for hip-hop like The Box, Yo! MTV Raps and BET and I was most inspired watching all the female rappers like MC Lyte, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, Da Brat and so many others during this time. They were super dope and holding their own in a male dominated hip-hop scene. In my family I was the first granddaughter and niece so I can relate to being an alpha female and having to hold your own. I always loved music, but when it came to rapping I had a gift with rhyming and rap was just this different feeling and instrument of expression for me. I always had to prove myself to spit amongst the fellas and had an “anything you can do I can do better" attitude so I loved writing rhymes and rapping circles around them. That passion for rhyming and creating music just stuck with me.

What’s the Milwaukee scene like?

Musically The MKE scene has a lot to offer and if you ask me it's a diamond in the rough for hip-hop. Home of greats like Khali Tribe, Arrested Development, Coo-Coo Cal and Baby Drew just to name a few. New generation would be artist like Rico Love, Wave Chapelle and K-Camp. All connected to MKE but also proving one sad fact about MKE: that most had to venture out of the city to really get noticed. There's a lack of true support, visibility and outlets for the talent here in the city but I hope that all changes in the near future and hope to play a part in that change aswell.

What’s the inspiration for your new song “Yeen Gotta Get Naked?

Really the inspiration comes from everyday experiences living in society and doing music. Over the years I've watched the image of female rappers in the mainstream change from women who occasionally wore their hat to the back to women letting it all hang out on album covers. I was even told that I would need to soften or change my image if I wanted to be successful as a female rapper and sell records. This mentality partially comes from the statistic views of society and #YeenGottaGetNaked is my message to young girls, teenagers and women all over the world that you don't have to bare all to be successful or obtain different things in life. We must love and appreciate who we are first and the world should also appreciate and see the beauty in who we are and not just in what we have on or beneath.

Any plans for a full-length album in the works?

I'm happy you asked and excited to say the world can be expecting my full-length LP entitled No Limit on January 2nd 2015! I'm happy to start the new year with this project and also excited to let my light shine for the world to experience as well. It pretty much embodies everything the title is about, just going for yours no matter the obstacles ot circumstances. Believing in yourself, that anything is possible, even your dreams. It will be available on Bandcamp, iTunes and other digital media outlets so I hope you enjoy and are Inspired. I appreciate all my supporters.

How do you think the attitude towards female rappers has changed in the wake of Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea’s popularity?

I think these two are cool in their respected realms in hip-hop and I respect their grind but the reality of it all is female rappers are still not getting the respect or real acknowledgement they deserve. Hip-hop today is still male-dominated and controlled but there are so many other female rappers with talent coming out in today's age of hip-hop paving their own way and I'm excited to see the shift. I'm excited to see the new era of women in hip-hop and I hope the new varieties and styles will help to change the opinions and views of what society thinks a female rapper is or should be. I hope to help and inspire that change in my musical lifetime as well. It's #NOLIMIT.

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