Rasheeda recently chatted with HipHopDX. During their conversation, Rasheeda elaborated on the effect of “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta” on her career, lack of collaboration among female artists and more. Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.
HipHopDX: Do you feel like the publicity of the show is impacting your life in a positive or negative fashion?
Rasheeda: You have to take the bitter with the sweet. Not everyone is going to be a fan or even like you so you have to accept whatever comes your way. To be honest with you, it has affected me in a great way. When you go into something big like reality television you have to already understand that it’s a give-and-take situation. At the end of the day I know I’m equipped for whatever this journey is.
I’m not going to compromise myself for nobody’s damn show. I look at it a lot of times like not everything is your battle. I damn sure aint about to go and be fighting with someone or arguing on national TV over some bullshit. My focus on the show is my family, my relationship, and my career. I’m not the type of chick to sit here and be worried over the next chick. I just worry about staying in Rasheeda’s lane. But you definitely will want to stay tuned into Vh1 eight o’clock every Monday night.
HipHopDX: Today we rarely see females jump on tracks and collaborate with each other. Why do you think some females embrace that idea and others shy away from that opportunity? Is it a competition or an insecurity issue?
Rasheeda: I think it’s all of the above. Sometimes females are insecure and sometimes it is the threat and pressure of feeling competition. Some females may have made it to a certain level and just not want others to be able to come up with them. The crazy part about it is it’s going to always be some form of competition regardless. If you’re secure with yourself first and foremost you won’t really worry about it though. The fellas seem to understand this and that’s why so many of them can and do work together, but I don’t think the women always get it. I’m the type of female who likes to collaborate with other female artists. If you pay attention, I did the “Bedrock (Remix)” with Toya, Kandi, and Lola Monroe. I think that if more women were able to come together and work along one another’s side then the whole female emcee movement would be a lot bigger and we all could go a lot further. Right now people do want to see that from us, they don’t want to just see only one person making it. It would be a bigger look that we all would benefit from. I wish everyone could get on the same page about it for the sake of good music and our fans.
HipHopDX: You’ve been in the game as a female rapper for a minute so I know you’ve either experienced first hand or indirectly sexism or sexist advances from your male counter parts. When a female finally makes it to your level does she still have to deal with that type of disrespect, or once you reach success the nonsense stops?
Rasheeda: I have to keep it real by saying that what you put out there is what you will get in return. I don’t put myself out there like that and it’s with good reason. At this point in my career, I don’t really get that because I think the world gets that I’m married but I also know there are people that don’t care that I’m married at all. But if I was to act like I’m available then niggas would be coming at me, so ultimately you to attract certain things by the actions you display as a woman. You just have to be careful. It’s natural for a man, whether he’s in the industry or in the streets, to try and push up on a woman, but you have to shut that down and learn how to keep it moving. That’s one thing I learned early is how to keep it business. I never played myself out or compromised my integrity for a deal, single, check, or none of that mess. That’s not how I get down, but ultimately, if you come into the game like that then you’re fucked. The industry is very small, so if everyone knows you’re out there trickin’ and flippin’ it’s going to lead to a bad ending, and is that really what you want as a female? The answer should be no. I would never put myself out there in that type of light.
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