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Vixen Initiation: Nitty Scott MC Credits 'Monster' As Prized Freeestyle, Reveals Herself In Upcoming 'Diaries' [Pg. 2]

The real, real hip-hop. Now, out of all the freestyles and songs that you’ve done, which one means the more to you?
I would have to say “Monster.” There are freestyles that are more personal where I’ve gotten deep and they mean more to me in that way, but “Monster” was the freestyle that set everything off for me. That freestyle was just something I had on my noggin for a long time, you know what I mean? To film it, upload it onto Youtube and have thousands of people reacting telling me, ‘I feel the exact same way,’ that was crazy! You have your immediate circle, you have your homies and you have the people that are going to tell you, ‘Yo, that was hot,’ but there’s nothing like strangers who owe you nothing to feel me.

That’s incredible, and one thing about a person’s passion. It just clicks.
It was so humbling, and it was just this confirmation that this is what I’m meant to do.

And there are other people out here chasing their dreams and getting that confirmation as well, what other upcoming female emcees do you feel are in your “class” of hip-hop?
Well Rapsody is definitely dope. I met her in New York at a performance a few weeks ago, and it’s all love! I feel as upcoming female emcees, we send such a powerful statement when there’s no hate involved. Audra, Rapsody, I did something with them for The Source. You know, it doesn’t have to necessarily be a collab, but we’re showing that salute and celebrate the grind with everyone. I feel a wave; it’s a comeback. People are fighting back, and although the music might not be aggressive, it’s still sending a statement like, ‘Yo, we are taking our culture back! Enough is enough.”

I spoke with another female artists and she mirrored your exact sentiment. She didn’t think that everyone was hella dope or that they’d be the next Jay-Z, but she still respects that they’re out there doing it.
Exactly, especially when it comes to female emcees. We don’t have to be fans of each other. We don’t have to collab or be on line-ups together. I have done those things, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Just a simple salute [works]. Hip-hop has gotten so bad that I respect anyone who is out here trying to do something different; someone who is really trying to hold it down for the culture. I respect that grind automatically. You may not be in my iPod or someone I’m necessarily checking for, but it’s all love. And as long as we do that, the presence will still be felt.

I really love that mentality. With Nicki Minaj sitting at the helm of female hip-hop right now, it has become blatantly clear that there is a lack of unity.
If there’s different facets of women in the world then there has to be different facets of the female emcee in the world. Not everyone can relate to one female. When we get rid of this [mindset] that only one female can be at the top doing what they do, when we open our minds to different people relating to different things, then there will be a much stronger presence and a much more diverse presence.

Speaking so much truth right now. It’s crazy! Now, you’ve lived in several different cities, but how much does New York and the experiences you’ve had here mean to you and your career?
I was very ambitious. I was 17 years old, and I was smack dab in the middle of my senior year, and I wasn’t going to wait to be found. I wasn’t going to wait for this dream that was developing in my head to just fall into my lap. I felt like I had to go get it, and I didn’t really care that I was 17. I didn’t care that I didn’t know anyone in New York; I didn’t care that I would have to figure out a way to sustain myself out here.

A serious leap of faith…
Yeah, a serious leap. I remember walking in school and being like, ‘Yeah, so I’m going to New York next week!’ [Laughs] I was just so ambitious and I couldn’t see past it. Even my parents were worried. They supported it, but there was a fear there because it’s a gamble to be an artist in itself. I looked at people who had made it and had gone on to do big things, and you know, at some point, this person did not know which way this was going to go but they had to believe in themselves and put in the work. I didn’t feel like I would be exempt from that at all and I was willing to do it. As soon as I got here, I had to grow up really fast! I found myself alone and having to worry about the basics every day, but I graduated and got my diploma. I had to get a job, maintain a roof over my head and it was such a task that it got to a point where I wasn’t writing for awhile. I wasn’t pursuing what I had come out here for because I was so concerned with surviving. It was very, very tough out here but it shaped my character in so many ways and it gave me stories of pain and struggle, of betrayal even, or all these things that we as people go through and it just makes me that much more relatable. It gives me a story to tell.

And that’s hip-hop! It’s all about storytelling. Musically, what can be expectation from The Boombox Diaries Vol. 1?
That is my debut body of work. It’s going to be all original music [and] all original production. People like the freestyles, but they want to know about my records and my sound and they will definitely get that from the EP. They will know what direction I’m going to go. From being underground, from being indie, talking about certain things, not talking about certain things. People are not sure if it’s going to change because I’ve gotten a little bit of attention now, you know? I think they’ll get a real sense of who I am and who I’m not. I reveal things about myself that people may or may not know. [The Boombox Diaries] is very personal. Everything on this project is an introduction to me. I eventually want to expand as an artist in many ways—musically, lyrically—but this particular project, I feel like I need to be like, ‘Hello, world. I’m Nitty Scott.’

What makes you hotter than any other emcee coming up right now?
I’m honest. And I think that’s what’s lacking in hip-hop right now. I’m not about the front and making things seem what they’re not. I’m not about selling lies to the public. I feel like I have a responsibility, especially now that people care and people listen to me. I’m going to be responsible with their ears because I have a sense of knowing that it’s bigger than myself. I represent more than myself. I represent my family, I represent my community, I represent my culture and I represent my era and generation.

Download the Cassette Chronicles here and follow her at @NittyScottMC.

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