Bay Area MC Saweetie Addresses Khia Controversy & Social Media Fame
publish date: 2017-11-13
Los Angeles, CA – For as many rappers as the Bay Area has produced, Kamaiyah is one of the few women to break through in the scene's rich history. Hayward native Saweetie wants to become the next female MC to break the trend and put on for women in NorCal.
“I’m a Bay girl. The Bay raised me,” Saweetie said when asked about her history of living across California. “I love Sacramento too, so I kind of have two hometowns: Hayward and Sacramento. Those two cities shaped me into who I am today. I’m definitely a Cali girl but more like Bay Area.”
Becoming an MC has always been the end game for Saweetie, and she’s worked tirelessly to achieve her goal.
“I’ve been wanting to do this since I was 14 years old, so it [has] always been a dream,” she told . “I went to college for five years so it got kind of put on hold, but since then I’ve been working toward [becoming a rapper]. Have you guys ever seen that triangle where it goes: social life, school, and job or sleep? [It] was like choose two. Nah, I chose all three. I was literally going to the club [then] going to my 8 a.m. classes. I was working two jobs; I was a waitress and I had a work-study job at the business school. I did it all. I loved being busy but when people heard about it or heard what I was doing they were like, ‘Yo you’re crazy.’ When it’s you, since you’re so into it and you’re doing it step by step and looking at it from the big picture, it’s definitely possible.”
So far, social media and mixtapes have helped forge Saweetie’s name and identity in the rap game. But now, she’s moving forward with her debut EP.
“[My name] actually came from MySpace,” she noted. “Everybody had a little nickname on MySpace. My MySpace was poppin’. It kind of stuck with me. People at my middle school started calling me [by] it. It kind of solidified my sophomore year of high school [when] my step-mom got me a Saweetie chain.
“I listened to Nicki [Minaj] and [Lil] Wayne a lot, and J. Cole, and they was always on someone’s hot beat and I wanted to compete with that. Like, if I could make someone’s hot track my track, I feel like I’ve accomplished something. Which I did with ‘My Neck, My Back,’ ‘High Maintenance.’ I did a couple of other covers and I feel like that’s my way of expressing myself. However, I’m working on my EP right now. I’m transitioning from mixtape Saweetie into original artist tackling original content [and] beats Saweetie. I’m working with Zaytoven and AG right now.”