I can't complain.
are just starting to get familiar with you, what can you tell them about
Jha Jha is
real diverse. She do what she wants to do. I don't want to be boxed into
you get down with Dip Set?
it was a coincidence. I've been rapping since I was 8 years old and I
wanted a deal since I was 18. I was in FAMU and I was like, "damn,
I ain't getting no younger." So I put my album together, bought a
plane ticket, and flew to New York. When I got there I met Juelz and Cam's
manager, who introduced me to Juelz and Killa.
you bring to the Dip Set?
I bring diversity
to the Diplomats. First off, I'm from Miami, so that's a whole different
sound, period. And me being a female, I represent for the ladies. I bring
a whole 'nother audience for the Diplomats.
being from Miami influence your music?
to dance a lot, and I like to dance a lot. But I'm not in Miami anymore,
I'm an international rapper.
you learned the most from so far?
I think people
like Missy Elliot, she is a big influence in my career. People like Usher,
Jermaine Dupri, P. Diddy, Jimmy, and Cam. People who know how to make
something out of nothing and aren't afraid to take chances are people
you want to get down with the Diplomats?
took me in and who embraced me at first. And it wasn't that easy. I had
to prove myself. I had to write for a year straight before they even said
I was a part of the Diplomats. Killa and Jimmy are businessmen, so they
wanted me to work. It's 12 times harder for a female in any group to get
on, because some of the previous females have made it hard for new females
trying to get in the industry now, because they're mind don't be right.
I had to work my ass off and write harder. Every song that I wrote had
to be hot, and I just had to have real tough skin being in the Diplomats.
And they saw how I carried myself and that I was real professional.
you want to go to Diplomats instead of anyone else?
me love. And I'm still not signed to a major label. But they embraced
me and I thought if they'd take a chance on me, I'd take a chance on them.
Like I said, I'm from Miami and it's real political down there. It was
really hard to get on down there, so I was like "forget it, I'm going
to go to New York." I didn't know anybody but I knew I was hot. I
had a dollar and a dream.
Jones at Sony, is it a possibility that you may go there?
is a possibility. As long as the paperwork is right, then it's a possibility.
But I'm not a naïve individual. I'm 21 years old, but I think like
a 30 year old. I had a 3.8 GPA in college and my major was Business Administration
and Computer Information Systems. I'm not naïve when it comes to
business. Whoever's paperwork is right is a possibility.
feel like you have to wait in line being a Diplomat?
No. My thing
is this, I'm a hustler. When it's my time, it's my time. If somebody is
a superstar, you can't stop them from being a superstar. I was born a
superstar. Have you seen the "Whatchu Been Drankin' On" video?
I saw it online.
I'm a superstar already. You can't stop me. I do what I want to do. If
I feel like I'm ready to come out now, I'm going to prove that I'm ready
to come out now.
you think people expect from a female Diplomat?
know what to expect because I'm not from Harlem, I'm from Miami. But people
are going to want to hear it because it's a whole different vibe.
guys look at you differently because you're a female?
I proved myself and I carried myself with respect. In every interview
I did, I was hot. In every TV interview, I was hot. In every video, I
was hot, and they approached me like they would approach anyone else.
I don't get any favoritism.
you worked the most with so far?
Jimmy. I was with Jimmy when he was making his new album. I wrote the
intro. I wrote "Whatchu Been Drankin' On," and I was with him
during the whole process of making his album.
is done. I try to write a song a day. My album should be released in February
or March, depending on how my hype is.
see yourself in competition with other female MC's?
really no competition right now to be honest with you. My thing is this,
I'm not a hater. I want other females to give me competition because right
now I don't have any. It's a sure thing. I encourage women to rap and
be in the entertainment industry period. I'm not just a rapper, I'm an
entertainer. I do it all.
has the Jim Jones video been to your career?
because I wrote the song and it's a big accomplishment with Diddy and
Paul Wall being on it. New artists don't usually get that break. It was
an MTV World Premiere. And it lets the world see what type of artist I
you want people to take away from your music?
I just want
them to be like "that girl has talent." I don't want to be boxed
in or have people expect me to rap one way, because it's not going to
happen. I'm an entertainer, I do it all.
see yourself as a role model to young girls?
Yeah, I do
actually. And I encourage people to go to school and all that type of
stuff. I know a lot of females used to be strippers, and I'm not taking
anything away from them because you play the cards that you're dealt.
However I want kids to see that you can be intelligent and you can carry
yourself like a lady and still succeed in the industry and still be a
coming up for you?
You can see
the video "Whatchu Been Drankin' On." I'm also about to release
my next song "Eye Candy." I'm about to flood the market. Now
that people are getting familiar with me, I'm not letting up.