If you’ve been keeping a watchful eye on Tyga lately, then you’ve probably been informerly introduced to Honey Cocaine. This 19-year-old Cambodian female rapper is making moves as the heir to the Last Kings dynasty and is widely known for her feature on T-Raw’s track, “Heisman.” Equipped with a swagged out level of moxy and rawness, this teenager doesn’t have any plans to slow down anytime soon. VIBE had the opportunity to catch up with Honey Cocaine at the Chicago stop of the Careless World Tour where the Toronto-bred emcee discussed her discovery via YouTube, Tupac’s influence, the idea behind F*ck your Feelings Vol.1 and more. –Tyler K. McDermott
VIBE: How did you come up with the name Honey Cocaine?
HC: Honey Cocaine is a metaphor. It means sweet and addicting music. Honey is the filling inside and cocaine is the raw outside, it’s like the real hip-hop. Honey is me as a girl.
What drew you to hip-hop?
I grew up listening to hip-hop. All of us did. I mean we’re surrounded by all different types of music, but hip-hop, was just real. Music in general has no boundaries, but with hip-hop, I felt like there were no limits. People who were rapping or singing or whatever; they just said whatever they wanted to say. They would swear, they would say this and that, and I was like, “Damn, that’s how I am as a person. I want to do that in music”. I used to write poems all the time. It was just easy for me to rap. It just came naturally. I knew everything that had to do with rap, like bar-wise, rhyme-wise, and just technical stuff. People don’t know how far I go when it comes to rapping. Rapping is like a science.
Do you have any key influences?
Yeah, Tupac. Tupac is my number one. He was one of the first artists I listened to as a kid. Even before I spoke English, I listened to Tupac. I didn’t even know what he was saying, but something about his voice, about the beats. I know he’s saying something. The same songs I listened to when I was three or four, I can listen to right now like it’s a new song.
How did you link up with Tyga?
It was through YouTube. He seen my videos, people were re-tweeting it to him. I got hella views on my own but then I did the Rack City remix and he tweeted me and was like “Hey, I seen the video.” I was like, “cool” and now, we’re here.
What was the idea behind your mixtape, F*ck Your Feelings Vol. 1?
[Laughs] I had that idea for a long time, that entire blueprint of my mixtape for a long time. I just didn’t know when to release it, as in set dates. But, I’d been working on it for a year, before I even linked up with Tyga. I decided to do a mixtape called F*ck Your Feelings. This was because I was going through a rough patch in my teenage life. It was problems in my neighborhood, where I live, and the area I went to school. People weren’t fucking with me for some reason. It was because one day last year, I woke up and I was like, you know what, “I have to stop worrying about partying, going shopping and shit. I have priorities. I’m about to be 19 years old” and then I just changed. People were like “Honey ain’t fucking with us anymore. Honey thinks she’s too good.” But I was like “Nah, I’m just setting an example for you guys.” There was so much of drama going on. Teenage girls; you know how we are. [Laughs] But I was like, “Yo, fuck your feelings. I don’t even care anymore.” So, all of those songs are to all of the bitches that dissed me because I was trying to respect myself.
When people hear your music, how do you respond to critics who may compare you to Nicki Minaj in terms of the tone of your voice?
Well, it’s going to happen because Nicki Minaj is doing it big, she’s been doing it big. No matter who you are, if I had a deep ass voice, they would still said Nicki, because Nicki is that bitch in the game. No matter what girls are going to be compared to here because she’s the one who’s doing it right now and I respect her to that. I don’t really say anything to that; I’m just like “Cool, thank you!” I’m not trying to be like her. I’m my own person. But, she’s doing it and I’m just trying to be where she is. So, I want people in five years to be like, “You sound like Honey Cocaine.”