“I think it’s important for people to understand that as a woman, I can only rap about the parts I have.”
- I started by producing, and the rapping came second to that, because I wanted to fill out the beat.
- I started with me as Awkwafina reciting ‘Othello’ monologues, and I’d send those to my friends. It started like that, and then it went into more music-y stuff.
- I studied my craft at the same place as Nicki Minaj.
- I think it’s important for people to understand that as a woman, I can only rap about the parts I have.
- I think people always want to hear that there are barriers that exist for us. But the more I started to realize artists that are kind of like me in my lane, like, if they were white or African-American, they often had trouble because it wasn’t the quality of their music: they just didn’t stick out.
- I think rap in general allows you to be more lyrically expressive. It’s a lot easier to state your identity, as opposed to with a guitar making all these weird metaphors.
- I think that’s why I was able to do well in the beginning: because it was such a foreign thing. People frame it in a negative way, like, ‘For Asian-Americans there’s no one out there, so that must be really bad for you.’ No, I benefited from it.
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