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Rasheeda rocks the mic with the best of them!
Rasheeda a.k.a. The Queen of Crunk is no ordinary female rapper. With a steady and lucrative career that has spanned more than a decade, Rasheeda’s infinite flow and beauty queen looks has made her a force to be reckoned with. Though her popularity has dominated the south, it won’t be long before Rasheeda is a household name. The Atlanta-based independent Queen of Crunk who is signed to DLO Entertainment, took time out of her busy schedule to chat with The Chocolate Fashion Blog!
TCFB: You were recently nominated for a BET Award. How did that come about?
RASHEEDA: I was in a meeting and saw an email that I had been nominated and I though it was merely a suggestion. When I was finally able to get to my computer, the Internet was down! It took Comcast almost four hours to get it up and running again!
TCFB: Talk about hurry up and wait.
RASHEEDA: But finally I was able to look and it said I was nominated for 2010 BET Awards Female Hip-Hop Artist of the Year. I was like wow! God is good. I was really happy to be nominated and to be a part of the whole experience and it really opened my eyes and let me know to keep doing what I’m doing.
TCFB: Where are you from originally.
RASHEEDA: I was born in Illinois, but I was raised in Atlanta.
TCFB: Who dubbed you the Queen of Crunk?
RASHEEDA: People started calling me that in 2001 when I dropped my first album Dirty South I had a single called Do It with Pastor Troy. The song was really energetic and the whole vibe was high-energy. I’m not the kind of artist who likes to just stand around doing a show. I give real high-energy performances and that’s how I ended up with the name.
TCFB: Which album did you enjoy making the most? Which album do you feel the most proud of?
RASHEEDA: Georgia Peach is probably my favorite. I had a lot of fun recording it but I out on the road at the time, I had a small window of time to get it done. Bubble Gum (her hottest selling single to date) was the last song on the album and initially I didn’t want to do it. I was so tired, I had been touring but my producer was like, ‘You better write this record!’ It almost didn’t happen but it came together and became my biggest hit!
TCFB: You’re a mother, a wife, a business woman and an entertainer. How do you balance your day-to-day life?
RASHEEDA: My day-to-day is pretty much like any other working mother. I just try to manage time and do what I need to to. Fortunately I have a great family and sometimes I am to take my son with me. But I just do what I need to do to support my family and make it work!
TCFB: What keeps you motivated?
RASHEEDA: When it comes to shows I focus on leaving an impression on the audience. If people didn’t know me before, they’ll go and Google me afterward! I take pictures with fans and hang out because I really appreciate my fans and I don’t take anything for granted. Music wise, I just want to be better and achieve more. I have so much more to accomplish in the industry. Every day I wake up I have to grind! I gotta get it. I have to stay focused and consistent because I am contributing to something that will be here forever.
TCFB: Being a female hip-hop artist–and a beautiful hip-hop artist at that, have you ever encountered problems where people are hatin’?
RASHEEDA: I look at it like, I can’t pay attention to it. God put me here to do this. I don’t get the hate as much anymore. But in the past, people who heard my music and didn’t know what I looked like didn’t believe it was me after they met me! Some people would even ask me to rap! (laughs) I get a lot of love from the ladies though because I put it out there for them!
TCFB: Is there anything in your career that stands out in your mind? Have you ever had an epiphany?
RASHEEDA: I was asked to open a show for Ruff Ryders and Cash Money and I was thinking, ‘That’s gonna be a lot of people!’ I remember standing in the background and this is when my song Do It was out. The music came on, the beat dropped, the lights flashed and everybody was chanting the song, people were yelling and I was like wow! I had a big adrenaline rush. I had no idea my song was as big as it was!
TCFB: Describe your style.
RASHEEDA: Glamorous hood chick! I do me. I don’t follow fashion rules. I just do what I feel. I can shop in do jeans and a tank, cute little dress, or whatever. I just like nice things.
TCFB: Where do you shop?
RASHEEDA: I go to Lenox and different boutiques that I really like. I also do a lot of shopping out of town. I’m just a t-shirt and jean kinda girl–I may throw a mink on too! I love Forever 21, I love Christian Louboutins’. I can do high-end stuff or Target. I love Neimans too!
TCFB: What handbag are you carrying and what’s in it?
RASHEEDA: You know I actually need to get a new handbag. I haven’t bought one in a couple of months–and that’s a long time for me! I switch up my bags on a regular. I like Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Chanel…I have a Fendi Spy bag that I really love that I really need to bring back out. In my bag I have my i-Pod, a whole bunch of lip gloss! My wallet, a camera, mini-hard drives, gum, my cell phone, CDs (I will give them out on the spot! I’m always promoting.) Pen and pencil and a mini-Bible. I keep that in my bag.
TCFB: You have the most beautiful hair…(She wears a press and it’s all hers). What do you do to it daily?
RASHEEDA: I’m doing the natural hair thing. I’ve been getting it braided and I have the half-braided style now. (She has started a Rasheeda Mohawk trend!) If I don’t like my hair on a particular day, I can wet it and go!
TCFB: Is there anything you would change about your career? Would you go back in time if you could and change anything?
RASHEEDA: When I was on Jive, they asked to buy my song Vibrate with Petey Pablo and I sold it to them. I shouldn’t have done that. I should have kept it. But they kinda pushed for me to sell it and I did. But I wouldn’t do it again. Now I really look forward to the future. I’m in control and I can build and take my career to the next level and at the end of the day you can’t measure successs by glitz and glam. The question is are you getting paid? (She is).
TCFB: Give our readers some Rasheeda words of wisdom.
RASHEEDA: “Walk with faith even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Clearly Rasheeda is on the right path. We support her to the fullest and wish her all the best. Shout out to Kirk Frost at DLO Entertainment!
Follow Rasheeda on Twitter: @RASHEEDAGAPEACH
Check out Rasheeda’s personal and music videos on You Tube!
- 2001: Dirty South
- 2002: A Ghetto Dream
- 2006: GA Peach
- 2007: Dat Type of Gurl
- 2009: Certified Hot Chick
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