3D Na’Tee recently chatted with the ladies of Women of Hip Hop, where she discussed her musical influences, her contributions to keeping hip hop alive, and more. Read a few excerpts from the interview below.
Who is your favorite female artist?
A few years ago I would of said Lauryn Hill or Fox. Now days I’d say me hands down. It’s not even to convince your readers to check out my music or to Segway into more talk about myself. It’s really because I feel like as an over all artist, I give the listener so much of myself and I do it in ways that evoke emotion. I do it in ways that make you laugh, cry, dance, but most importantly, I do it in ways that make you think all while displaying lyricism. For example, my record SWITCH (The Timbaland Mix) was just me going in lyrically while making you laugh and rap along at the same time. Then there are records like Dear Father where I captured the emotions I felt at 10 years old when I learned that my father committed suicide. We haven’t had a female artist to do that, I mean all of that, in a very long time. So honestly, if I wasn’t Na’Tee, I’d still say ‘Na’Tee is now my favorite female artist.’
How do you contribute to keeping hip hop alive?
I contribute to keeping hip hop alive by being true to myself and never compromising because I am hip hop. I’m hip hop in its rawest form. If I compromise, or let’s use street terms, if I let the industry water whipped me or add fillers and additives, I’d lose my rawness. I’d lose my integrity. I’d lose my uniqueness. So I contribute to keeping hip hop alive by being myself because I am hip hop.
What has hip hop done for you outside of hip hop?
HipHop started off as just a way for me to vent. My parents were crack addicts and I was so embarrassed about my upbringing as a child that I never used to talk about it. I had to get those thoughts out though. So I used to write about it. I was always that girl who’d battle my other rapping classmates at school but those verses I wrote about my family were more like pages from my diary so I never use to rap those. At that time hip hop was my therapy. Sh*t, it still is. That’s why I’m so passionate when I mention these whack rappers who are f*cking up the game. Hip hop is like my best friend. My confidant. I used to sell drugs and there were many nights that I opted to go to the studio instead of spending just one more night in the streets. Those very nights I lost some of my closest friends and a few of my cousins to the prison system and to the grave. So I’d say hip hop prevented my demise.
What message or statement do you want to make with your music?
I just want people to enjoy it and take from it what they may. Thats the best part about making music. I do this for not only me but for you. So I like to hear the thoughts and opinions that people have about my work because it may have struck them in ways that I may not have intended. As far as the statement I want to make with my career, I want the readers, the viewers, and the listeners to know that hard work and having a great heart pays off. That’s in any occupation.
What’s the true definition of your BMB? What does it truly mean to be business minded in your eyes?
BMB™ is an acronym for the phrase Business Minded Bosses. I think it’s more important to start a business rather than minding someone else’s. I’m in a game where it pays to know your business. So the whole BMB™ thing didn’t come about just to sell some shirts or other merch. It’s way more important than that. It’s a lifestyle. Me and mine are about our business.