Women in Hip-Hop: Kia McIntyre Shares Her Secrets to Self Made Success

Nakia McIntyre

Is there camaraderie between other women in your same position? 
With me, personally, no. I have personal relationships and respect other “industry women”, but none of which are in the same field as me. This industry is really a male-driven industry and I felt that if I could succeed doing the same things that men were doing and do it the right way, then I won. I was always the girl who wanted to sit at the round table with the men. I like that whole “Boss” feel.

My objective is to get money and live good. I don’t have time for anything else. However, when I do see young women who are passionate about living out their dreams, I will reach out to them and do whatever I can to help them. Especially those who have a child(ren). Because I know exactly what they are going through and I wish I would’ve had someone to help me out like that during my struggle.

What’s the biggest mistake you see young women make in the industry? 
Taking the “by any means necessary” route. Success is not an overnight thing. It takes years if you do it the right way. If you do it the wrong way, you’ll fall just as quick as you made it to the top. You have to be patient, even when you get discouraged.

Are you currently dating? What are your rules?
Dealing with men can really get you off focus sometimes. Am I currently dating? Let’s just say, I’m not accepting any applications [laughs].  I’m content with where I’m at right now. When you find someone who compliments you rather than just a supplement, then you might want to hold on to it. It’s even better when that person was there before Nakia became Kia. One thing that I have learned is that I’m not exempt from bullshit, so I just take it day by day and live life. I used to think that I would want to date in the industry because our lives would be parallel. We would understand the lifestyle. But, no, I want no parts of the industry dating game. I’m a regular girl, I like regular guys, except (NBA player) Thomas Robinson [laughs].

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