Sweetheart believes that women are running the rap game right now because of the prevalence of “violence and disrespect in male music.”
Sitting down on Bootleg Kev Podcastthe Californian rapper claimed that there is a lack of “empathy and love” among male rappers, while claiming that female MCs are at the forefront of Hip Hop right now.
“I mean, LA and other cities, it just goes to show that this is why women are driving rap and hip-hop,” she said. “Because there’s just so much violence and disrespect in male music. You gotta think, like, remember what was that, like ’16/’17, remember when like YG, Tyga, Chris [Brown], Big Sean, TeeFlii was out? It was fun, party music.”
She added: “It wasn’t like, ‘I’m going to do this to you, and this and this,’ you know? I feel like we need to raise the vibration with the music and get back to feeling good. [I feel like there’s definitely a lack of] empathy and love, really.”
Saweetie has previously spoken about the female rappers who inspired her in a conversation with Issa Rae for Apple Music in 2021.
“My mother listened to a lot Lil’ Kim and Foxy [Brown]” she said. “I’ve always liked their behavior. I know that when they walk into the room, you can just feel that bossiness. They just always felt so strong to me. Fast forward, I love me some Missy [Elliott]. I always tell people if I’m going to be ugly, I’m going to be ugly like Missy because she’s always creative and she makes you think.
“I love Trines position. I love how comfortable she was in her own body. Then in high school, Nicki [Minaj] dropped two or three mixtapes that I was just super into and it just opened my eyes to what a modern female rapper felt like. Because everyone else—you know, my aunts and mom—listened to them, but I discovered Nicki LimeWire.”
When it comes to female rap beefSaweetie said at the time: “To be honest with you, I don’t believe it unless I hear it from their mouth. I just think we need to sift through fake beefs or people or blogs that are trying to create something, that’s not there. And I think we’re all starting to realize that it’s not the other person—it’s just social media. It comes with the territory, but unless someone tells me that myself, I don’t believe that.”
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During an interview with The Forty-Five in 2020, Saweetie spoke passionately about the heavy scrutiny female artists face.
“What people don’t understand is that when you’re a female artist, you’re constantly criticized,” she said. “You get criticized for your music, for your body, for your appearance in general, for the people you might date – you’re just criticized non-stop. I had to realize that what the critics are saying is not real life and that the industry is a playground.”
She added: “I know who I am as a person and I know what I have to offer and I know what my worth is, but it’s still hard sometimes. When you read comments all day, it’s just like, ‘Oh my god, you know I’m human, right?’
Saweetie is fresh off the release of his latest project, the six-track Single life EPhome to female empowerment anthems like “Bo$$ Chick” and “PUSSY (Powerful, Utopia, Supreme, Sacred, Yummy).”