Trina Is Still The Baddest: Hip-Hop’s Diamond Diva
12 years later, Miami’s femcee Trina is still the baddest chick in Miami. The platinum-selling rapper is busy in the recording studio working on her new album with Rick Ross, giving back to her community, running her own Pink Diamond Couture clothing line; and managing the Diamond Doll Foundation, a mentoring program for teen girls. Below are a few excerpts:
On her evolution as an artist.
“I was just growing,” she says. “Whether it was love, unhappy moments, fun, partying, hanging out with friends, traveling outside the country, all of my experiences were a part of my albums. Every time I did a record, I took it all into the studio.”
On busting up in a male dominated industry.
“Of course, rap was still a male-dominated game,” she admits. “And I came into it around a bunch of guys like Trick Daddy and Rick Ross, who were just real strong dudes.
“But coming up among men, you get that hardheadedness, that toughness about you. So I got the best of both worlds, because I had the guys there to give me the tough part, and then it was up to me to just keep my sexy going,” she laughs. “It kinda balanced out!”
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On being a female rapper and being treated with the same amount of respect as male rappers.
“I wouldn’t say I was considered an equal,” Trina says. “I was just a new chick who was fierce, bitchy, raw, sexy. And there was a lane for it.
“Really, though,” she adds, “I’ve worked with some of the greatest guys in the game, and they’ve always treated me with the same amount of respect, as if they were just working with another dude.
On new female rappers.
“Now there are so many new, talented females coming up in the game,” Trina beams. “And the ladies will have a lot to say in hip-hop. It’s gonna be huge. Watch out.”