This St. Louis-based Rapper may just have what it takes to make it to the top.
There are not a lot of female rappers in the game. Sure there’s Cardi, Nicki, Remy Ma, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Foxy Brown, Trina and more, but if you really think about the percentages between male and female rappers, the latter group probably sits at like 5 percent. Simply put, it’s not easy to make it as a emcee, much less as a female emcee — with that said, this is not keeping Vee Hendrix from achieving her goals. The St. Louis based lyricist is ready for her moment to shine. She has put in a lot of work and she takes her lyricism very seriously. In a city full of talent that doesn’t always translate to mainstream success, Vee may be an exception. Nothing against St. Louis, but the opportunities are not there the way they are in New York, Atlanta or L.A. Somehow, Vee is still managing to stand out and we think she has a lot of promise. If she continues her grind, she could eventually lands herself alongside the aforementioned artists. Vee feels her style is like no one else and her work ethic will carry her where she needs to be. We sat down with the young rising MC last week and here’s what she had to say.
RESPECT.: Define your style as a rapper?
I would say I’m pretty clean cut and versatile. I’m not the type of person that likes to limit myself as an artist.
RESPECT.: Who are some of your influences?
I’m not really into the old school style of music, but I am a fan of Nas and Tupac as far as, the new school Kendrick Lamar.
RESPECT.: What do you bring different to the rap game?
First I am a female and second I just have a different style compared to everyone else. Most of the female artists like to take the sexual approach in the creation of their music, and I enjoy the lyrics more than anything else.
RESPECT.: Tell us about your upcoming single?
My new single is called “Wake Them Up.” It’s a spin from the whole Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma situation that happened last year. I’m telling everyone else that I’m better than everyone else.
RESPECT.: What makes you stand out?
Once you hear me on a song, you will feel the message I’m trying to get across in my music, whether it’s a thriller or a lifestyle type of thing. I’ll make you feel those emotions without you realizing it is happening with my music.
RESPECT.: What is it like being a young rapper from St. Louis?
I would say it is easy because I am bring something different to the table that has nothing to do with selling drugs. I would say the sad thing is people in St. Louis have people that they are rocking with and not everyone is willing to give other artists a chance at times.
RESPECT.: Is it harder because St. Louis is a smaller city than, say, New York or L.A.? How do you deal with the violence there?
I would say it harder because we live in a small town and everyone knows everyone for the most part. The great for artists within the city because we can collaborate with each other. As for it being dangerous, you never know when something might happen, and it can be challenging to focus on the task at hand.
RESPECT.: Who are some producers you want to work with?
Metro Boomin and Dr. Dre.
RESPECT.: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
[It] does not matter to me; [in regards to collaborating with whomever,] it’s all about the type of sound you bring to the studio.
RESPECT.: When can we expect a full project from you?
You can expect a project to drop in May of this year.