A Woman's Worth: Nitty Scott MC On The Beauty Of Struggle

Rapper Nitty Scott MC shares her story for Vixen's 'A Woman Worth' series in celebration of Women's History Month.

Nitty Scott MC laughs in the face of adversity. Better yet, the flower child's determination mirrors the tenacity of a rose blooming in the concrete.

“Sometimes those darker moments of life are the most inspiring,” the 24-year-old lyricist tells Vixen. Yet, these days, the rapper finds peace of mind by standing in her truth and sharing her journey through progressive rhymes and stories of love, abuse, self-discovery, and women empowerment, that reach the souls of listeners.

With bars galore (you'll definitely find them on her 2014 'tape The Art of Chill), the Brooklyn MC has turned both her passion and talent into more than just a hobby as she confidently juggles the underground rap scene in the palm of her manicured hands.

Here, Nitty opens up about the beauty of her struggle, her balancing act as a female in rap, and why her vulnerability will impact generations to come.

Origin of the Nitty Scott movement:
My story really starts online. I put out my freestyle to Kanye West’s “Monster” and it went viral. It was picked up by a lot of blogs and popular online platforms. The birth of my movement started there ­­– built off of the word of mouth, a very organic and grassroots movement.

On pursuing music:
It started with a passion for words moreso than just creating music, but I’ve always been a music lover. I was attending school as a Creative Arts major and studied different forms and mechanism of writing. My strong point was poetry, spoken word, short stories and things of that nature that were very message-driven. One day, as opposed to simply having music be the background of the pieces, I was performing. I selected beats first and then wrote according to the rhythm of the song. It was totally thrilling and so DIY-like. When people began to gravitate towards it, it really sparked a passion in me for creating music as I was able to combine music and my skills as a great, formally trained writer, and marry the two together as an artist. People responded to the raw talent that was there and I never looked back.

My purpose as an artist:
I want to bring balance. I’d like to think that I’m a part of a balancing act in music where mainstream and underground coexist. I’m here to help bring things full circle as a voice for women, minorities, hip hop artists, and young people alike. While there is a mainstream representation of those things, I think my message is a contrast from what’s popular. Essentially, I want to have an impact on my generation and help people figure out themselves by sharing my story and journey. If you haven’t noticed, I’m really heavy on introspective and existential things because that’s where I feel like the root of our problems come from. As an artist, I want to challenge people to really take a deep look at themselves, and have an impact on my generation that promotes spirituality and humanity.

Advice I take to heart:
My parents always instilled in me the idea that I could do whatever I wanted, as far as what my passions were. That has stayed with me until this day. In the past I would question whether I could actually be successful in music, but I’ve grown out of that way of thinking. Now, I truly have this confidence that I can do whatever I put my mind to. As cliché as it might sound, it’s actually a very profound thing to fully grasp and understand. Knowing that you’re going to excel at whatever you decide to do and truly believing it is so powerful.

On being a female in the rap game:
As a young woman in the rap industry, I feel totally empowered and liberated. I’m in a great place now where I am able to fully recognize my power as a woman. That wasn’t always the case though. I used to walk around with a rain cloud over my head, wondering how to maneuver in this industry. I wasn’t comfortable in my skin and it was a horrible feeling. In a male-dominated industry, you find yourself in a lot of those situations where you’re worried about how you’re being perceived, but I have learned to be comfortable within myself to the point that I’m no longer influenced by what people think. I really do feel like it’s all about how you carry yourself though. Energy is always felt and reciprocated, so if you walk around with a certain aura that reads you’re here to be respected, then it’s understood and it’s reciprocated. I am no longer afraid of the way a woman with sexual prowess, like myself, might make a man feel. I am a woman. I am here. Hear me roar (Laughs).

I credit my growth to:
Misery. I had allowed a manufactured mentality that wasn’t fit for my multidimensional being to dictate a lot of things for me early on in my career. Personally, I think the transparency of my vulnerability as an artist is beautiful and very relatable for young women out there, even though I’ve gotten some backlash, some side eyes, and misogynistic comments. People attach me becoming more in touch with my feminine side to selling sex because it’s so easy and has been proven time and time again that it works. I welcome all of that to demonstrate how people react when a woman decides to be their complete and true self. I want to lead the way and be brave and show people, yes, I was actually afraid to be myself but I did it and so can you.

I am inspired by:
The whole hip-hop era of Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Slum Village – that is totally where my roots are. But my family gives me the most inspiration. We’re pretty dysfunctional, like most families, but I think coming from that chaos and tragedy makes me a better artist. It’s made me a person that is constantly seeking, growing and learning, and it also made me creative because I had to make sense of a lot of the things I saw growing up. So, in a sense, I needed that craziness because it turned me into this sensitive, emotional, and thoughtful person that I am. Sometimes those darker moments of life are the most inspiring.

If I wasn’t rapping:
I would probably be doing something in broadcast journalism and the communication field, which was my original passion before I fell into music. I even interned at the New York Daily News and took serious steps towards pursuing it.

My next project:
Definitely conceptual. I’m taking records from my favorite group of all time, which I will not mention yet (laughs), and sort of flipping them and putting my touch on them. Just know it’s going to be dope.

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