A songwriter with a singular perspective and a singular way of thinking, this Brooklyn-born rapper-singer-rapper has built a career on the idea that you can be anything, anytime.
And while her music can be all over the place, from the catchy indie-pop of her debut album, “Raps Like Beyoncé,” to the raucous R&b of “Pray,” she’s never lost her touch.
From being nominated for an MTV VMAs Best Female Vocal Performance award in 2016, to being named one of The Cut’s Most Influential Artists for 2018, it’s safe to say she’s had it all.
As she talks about her rise to stardom, she talks candidly about how she came to be on The Cut.
“I was working on a rap album, and one day I thought, I’m going to go in the studio with my mom, and I’m like, ‘Mom, I don’t want to work on an album anymore.’
And she’s like, you’re too young, I can handle it.
So I was like, I got to go into the studio.”
The Cut is currently touring around the country with her newest album, Love, Love You.
This year, the band is also touring with the upcoming, “Love, Love Me.”
We caught up with The Cut about her transition from recording to performing, her favorite songs from her career, and why she’s so passionate about helping other people.
What’s your favorite song from the band’s catalog?
Love, the new album is all about love.
And the last song is the perfect example of that.
It’s about being with people, and just connecting with people and feeling loved.
We just have this sense of, “Oh, it must be a great feeling.”
It’s an amazing feeling, but it’s like being in a car.
You’re thinking about all these things.
It can be pretty overwhelming.
I was thinking, “Wow, that’s kind of a great song, but is there anything else I can do to feel better?”
It’s the same feeling, right?
You’re like, “Man, that feels so great, but I can’t do anything to help.”
I feel like I could have done a lot more.
I would have been able to connect more with people.
I could’ve helped more with my community.
I feel like there’s a lot that could have been done, but because of the music industry, I didn’t have a lot of options.
Theres so much that’s not really accessible to me.
There’s a million things that are available to me that I feel really comfortable with, but when it comes to making my own music, there are so many more choices that I can make.
I don’t really think about what people say when I listen to my music.
I’m just really focused on what I feel in my heart and what I’m feeling.
The only thing I think about is, “What can I do to make myself feel better, right?”
I think of myself as just a human being.
I have a great sense of humor.
I was a kid.
I grew up in Queens, and we would watch TV and watch movies.
I really liked being around the world.
I loved being able to do things.
I think I was a huge nerd.
My friends would go to movies and play video games.
It was like a playground.
I used to do homework with my dad and go out to the parks with my friends.
I’d play games with my friend when we were little.
I just like being around people and making my art.
I would love to be able to make a movie and then do my own thing, but there’s not a lot I can say about that.
I just want to make my music, and theres so many things I can be in my music that I dont want to let go of.
I want to put out a song that I think has some real meaning and that I know my fans will enjoy, but if they want to be a part of that, I just wanna make sure that I’m doing what I want.
I think if I could make something like that and do it on my own time, I think that would be the most fulfilling thing.
Thats the only thing that I want from music.
It would be awesome.
I have so many ideas that I wanna do.
But if I did, I would do something different.
I know how much my fans love this.
I will always be the first one to sing their praises.
But I want this to be something that I wouldnt let them down for.
I feel very blessed.
I can’t wait to see my fans on tour.
I am in it to win it.
My fans are like my heroes.
I do everything for them.
I am just so grateful that they are willing to come out and support me.
The fans know that