Fresh Sounds: Exclusive interview with hip hop’s newest star Vanatei
Check out my interview with hip hop’s newest rising star, Vanatei. Reppin Newark & NYC Vanatei’s rhymes vary from fun to gritty. .. laced with a bit of sex appeal. Check out the interview after the break and listen to a few tracks!
Trin: How long have you been rapping, and how did you get started?
Vanatei: I’ve been rapping for a long time, since I was young, like 11, 12 years old, or even younger. Always loved hip-hop and was always driven by it. I would always have a diary or some sort of paper where I would write thoughts, ideas and things that happened to me daily. But I really started going hard with my peoples from around the way where I grew up in, Newark, NJ. they was always into spittin and doin their thing. I’m a competitive type of chick, so I see them doing it, and I said to myself, shit I can do it too! So I practiced all the time and showed my peoples from the neighborhood that this chick can spit too! And from there that’s how it all started.
Trin: In a male dominated industry, you have to work a little harder. How do you prove yourself?
Vanatei: Number one thing I say to myself, is that I have to stick to my morals and what I’m doing this for. I prove myself to others in what I do, and that’s sticking to good lines and music. Number 2, I don’t sleep with anybody in the industry! That right there proves that hard work pays off because p***y doesn’t work harder! Others will respect you because they know you’re more about your music than anything else.
Trin: Who are some of your musical inspirations?
Vanatei: Wow, first thing that came to mind – the Beatles. But, I would say women in hip-hop – inspires me to believe that I can be out there too doing my thing! Life in general inspires me in my music.
Trin: What artists would you love to work with? Who is your dream collaboration?
Vanatei: Hmm… My all time dream collab would be BIG PUN! At the moment, I would love to work with the J-A-D-A… Jadakiss
Trin: That NYC love..
Trin: What inspires your rhymes? What’s your favorite part of the creative process?
Vanatei: Anything that’s impacted my life in the past or present. My favorite part is the drinking part! Nah… but my fav part is after I lay down a verse and when it’s played back, the shit sounds hotttt.
Trin: What’s your take on the Lil Kim/Nicki Minaj beef?
Vanatei: I love it. I wanna see some silicones and asses fall out. I say keep it going!
Trin: Dis Bish Got Moola is one of my favorite tracks. It’s fun & catchy..explain the meaning behind it.
Vanatei: DisBish… who is Vanatei… Dish Bish got confidence, disbish is a boss bitch, disbish is respected, disbish is a non stop grinding machine.
Trin: You ARE a boss bitch.
Now for the fun stuff
Trin: When does Vanatei like to do in her spare time when she’s not grinding? Any hobbies?
Vanatei: Grinding IS my hobby. And working out of course. Gotta keep this body fit. I love to play basketball, been doing it since highschool and got a scholarship in college for it. Ballin is my hobby
Trin: Who’s in your ipod?
Vanatei: From the shuffle to the i-touch… they’ve all been lost or stolen! But right now I got Lauryn Hill in the CD changer.
Trin: How would you describe your style?
Vanatei: Picture a combination of Pun, Kelis & M.I.A. With a little bit of NAS
Trin: Favorite Foods?
Vanatei: I’m a vegetarian… I love my animals, I don’t eat them! But I love to eat a nice Peruvian dish. Yeah, I’m half Brazilian & Peruvian.
Back to business
Trin: What are you currently working on? Anything new on the horizon?
Vanatei: I’m working on being the biggest boss bitch thus far… and my mixture – Dis Bish Got Moola! Look out for that!! Going out to LA in may to shoot the video too! Also I have a video that’s in production for a single called Such a lady.
Trin: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Vanatei: Having dashMedia grow, which is a business I co-own. We specialize in print • web • film. Check our site Dash Media Group. And of course winning awards and having my voice heard, my real voice.
Trin: Advice to other ladies that wanna rap?
Vanatei: Be the illest lyricist in the most beautiful way possible that just happens to be a woman that raps.