Vixen Chat: Scotty Rebel Talks Working With French Montana, Says ‘I'm Unpredictable’
Gail Scott is more than just a bite-sized beauty from the Bronx. Her tale is vast and involves plenty of heartbreak, but her endurance has proved to be invaluable. On a Summer evening, in the cellar of a Bronx co-op, Scott is surrounded by her friends, family, rowdy neighbors and a group of production people—hired to direct her every move.
The cameras don't bother her. She's living her dream—shooting her first music video in her playground and she wouldn't have it any other way. We caught up with the "Bang'n" songstress to find out exactly who is this girl nicknamed Scotty Rebel. — Christopher Harris
VIBE Vixen: How has your upbringing shaped who you are as an artist?
Scotty Rebel: I grew up pretty fast. When I was eight my Dad used to play guitar and piano, I was like how can I do this? He told me to just sing from your heart and put 110% into everything that you do and never let anybody tell me I wasn't good enough.
I started off with Lloyd and Matty B, then I went to Grand Hustle and nobody paid me any attention. Then I got signed to Motown back in 2010, it's been a long journey. It took a lot of growing, a lot of changing. It changed me as a person too. I wasn't sure about myself back then. I feel like this is my time now.
Now, you're shooting your first music video for "Bang" in your hometown of the Bronx. How does it feel?
It feels good because I couldn't have it any other way, this is my playground.
It's a great song, were you excited to work with French?
I didn't even know that he was going to get on the song. Out of nowhere, they told me we got French Montana and he did an incredible job. It feels good because he's got that BX vibe.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Pink, Gwen Stefany, Prince, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Manson, Jeffery star. I'm eclectic, it's just a mix of all different genres.
What do you believe makes you stand out as an artist?
I'm unpredictable, you'll never be able to guess [my next move]. You can never put me in a box, a lot of people are going to connect to me because I'm real, my journey is real, everything about me is real.
How would you describe your style?
My style is a definition of me: it's eclectic. I never dress the same, I switch it up every time. I'm really a fashion disaster, I put on whatever I want and don't let anyone tell me different.
Would you say it's difficult being an attractive female in this industry?
As long as you know where you stand, it shouldn't be difficult at all. In the beginning of my journey, I ran into people who didn't want to work with me, or wanted something else in return.
What does it mean to be a Vixen?
It means everything; individuality, being able to stand up for myself and being a young black woman. Being ambitious and always on top of my game. Not letting society determine what's best for me because I could've been in the streets. I'm following my dreams no matter what.
What advice would you give to a young girl pursuing music?
If you want it as bad as you say you do, you'll know exactly what to do. Keep grinding and keep working, stay focused—that's going to determine how hard you hustle, how hard you work.
How did you get your clever nickname?
Well, my last name is Scott. Ethiopia, the President of Motown sat down with me and I told her about my journey and my path and she was like you're a rebel. My first name is Gail, which sounds like an old lady—so people used to call me Scotty.
Are you still rebellious?
I don't want to say I'm rebellious because that's cliche. I'm all about individuality, being yourself and being comfortable with it.
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