By G Moniy
HHV Contributing Writer
As followers of Hip-HopVibe.com already know, a partnership was recently launched with ReverbNation. This partnership is to help expand the On The Rise segment on the site. Now, even more artists have a chance to be a part of this section.
Chyna V is among the first artists reviewed for the On The Rise X ReverbNation partnership. After checking her music out, it was clear she needed a bigger spotlight cast on her. Already, the “Run Forrest” record is gaining tons of traction.
Finally, Chyna V has taken time out to speak to Hip-HopVibe.com. In this interview, she spoke on her career successes, which are set to expand when she drops her debut album, independently. During the interview, she also spoke on the stigma she faces as a female artist.
Read the entire interview below:
What are the keys to success for an independent artist in this new era of streaming? I believe the keys to success for an independent artist in this new era of streaming are; Never supplying without a demand, always find ways to drive sales through all social media platforms, and interact with fans (they’ll be more eager to buy when they feel connected to you).
When you dropped your last project, did you expect it to be as successful as it was? Nope. Actually, I didn’t. Before I dropped “Run Forrest,” I had just taken two years off of music; so I didn’t even think I still had much of a fan base. However, many were just waiting on me, and it was proven in how well the song did (and is doing).
Can you tell us more about your debut album and the theme of it? My debut album is titled Unexpected2: Return of a Queen, and no, it has nothing to do with being the queen of rap. It is about me evolving and owning my crown as a woman and as an artist. It is a follow up to my first project, The Unexpected, mixtape. It showcases my growth through every track. I increased my confidence, perfected my craft, and owned who I am as an artist.
How did you feel about the battle between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj? Honestly, I think it is entertaining, yet a bit forced. I think that the diss records kind of do females in rap an injustice. It was petty and forced; as if they had nothing better to do. I don’t get caught up in too many “hip hop beefs” and this one is no different. I tried to avoid it but it definitely took over social media which is a good sign I guess. Seems a bit short lived as well.
As a female artist, how do you avoid the stigma of being a “femcee” and immediately being pit against other female artists? Oh man, that is hard and always will be. The stereotype of a femcee, er female rapper, has been around since the dawn of hip hop, and every time there are those select few that break those chains like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Missy Elliott, Da Brat, and more. These women all went against typical femcee stereotypes and still prevailed in the industry. So, I do what they did and honed my craft, and I just do what I love rather than what I think the world wants. Being compared, or pit, against other female artist is also contentious. However, I stay in my lane and just do what I do best and eventually they will see me as just an emcee, rapper, or artist.
Who are the artists that make up your top five, dead or alive? Lil Wayne, Tupac, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Missy Elliott.
Watch “Run Forrest” by Chyna V below:
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