A 24-year-old artist out of the Bay Area by the name of Saweetie is making noise in the rap industry and she has been a breath of fresh air thus far. She became an instant sensation after her single named “ICY GRL,” over Khia’s classic “My Neck, My Back” instrumental went viral. She has since then signed with Warner Bros and the youtube video for the freestyle has reached over 21 million people. After just recently dropping off her, High Maintenance EP she has inked a deal with Sprayground & Footaction to release a limited capsule collection.
The “Saweetie Shark” will be available in limited quantity exclusively at select Footaction locations (Culver City & DTLA). Every bag purchased prior to 3/25 included one wristband for entry to a private meet & greet and intimate performance by Saweetie at Fooaction’s capsule 213 on March 25 at 2 pm. In addition to the exclusive invite, the $80.00 backpack comes with a custom hang-tag and digital download of Saweetie’s EP.
We got a chance to catch up with the rising star to talk about her latest collaboration with Sprayground & Footaction, her High Maintenance EP, style influences and much more.
Get into the interview below.
Saweetie: I was already in the conversation with Sprayground, I had met them I loved their vibe and we came up with the idea to do my backpack. But when Footaction got involved it just made it more exciting to have the in-person meet & greet and live performance—— to have that moment with my fans just made the vision even bigger than what it was, so I was super excited.
Where did you guys draw the inspiration for the backpack design?
The backpack was already made, that’s the backpack that stood out to me. I really love sharks and the fact that it had one of my favorite colors pink with the Shark coming up on it, I really loved that about the backpack. I was able to collab with the founder David Ben-David he’s super cool and the fact that we’re bringing the vision to life on Sunday means alot to me.
You just put out your High Maintenance EP, are you pleased with the feedback from your fans on the project?
Yeah, my twitter is so funny they like send me lyrics and then put a gif to it, so yeah I’ve been getting really good reviews from it.
Do you have A favorite track from the EP?
Honestly, their all my kids (Laughs) so I can’t pick a favorite. But I will say after I recorded each song it was like my favorite song for that time being but then once the project came together I couldn’t decide.
Growing up did you have a style influence?
I feel like growing up in the Bay area, we’re all super unique so just tapping into your own fashion sense is what we did like we love colors, so I was super colorful. My bangs would be different colors, I was wearing like door-knockers until my freshman year. But yeah, I really just love colors like bright colors yellow pants, red pants, blue pants. I was just apart of that wave with being extremely colorful.
Who were some of your favorite rappers growing up in the Bay?
Definitely Keak da Sneak, E-40, just classic OG bay legends growing up there was alot of them on the radio. My dad and my mom listened to them, just to name a few.
Are there are rappers that you would like to work with in the future?
I really like SOB and Kamaiyah. I did a song with Guapdad 4000 and it’s really cool. It should be coming out sometime soon.
Who are some rappers from the Bay area that you currently listen to?
I like SOB and RBE they have a song called “Anti” and “Paramedic!” they’re on the Black Panther album so I really like them.
Are you excited to meet some of your fans on Sunday?
Yes I always love to see them in-person because I have a very diverse fan base so it’s just cool to meet them in-person.
The “Saweetie Shark” will be available in limited quantity exclusively at select Footaction locations (Culver City & DTLA). Every bag purchased prior to 3/25 includes one wristband for entry to a private meet & greet and intimate performance by Saweetie at Fooaction’s capsule 213 on March 25 at 2 PM.
You can purchase her High Maintenance EP, on iTunes.