Latto invited her sister Brooklyn Nikole for the latest episode of 777 Radio, the rapper’s interview series in partnership with Apple Music. Latto – whose real name is Alyssa Stephens – got candid about the importance of supporting up-and-coming artists. She highlighted the importance of sisterhood in music and life in general.
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Nikole asked her sister why Latto constantly feels inspired to work with other women in the industry. Latto has interviewed Lola Brooke and Chloe in previous episodes of her radio show and has jumped on several remixes and tracks by upcoming artists.
“I feel like it really started from my foundation. I come from a one-sibling household, and that’s a sister. So really, sisterhood is embedded in me,” Latto said. “I look at women like my sister, I don’t know how to explain it. I look at Rap, female Rap, like a sisterhood because I come from a tight relationship with my sister, a tight relationship with my mama. So, it come from just literally being a fan and not being shady or not being what people expect women to be. Not being what people set the tone for women to be.”
Supporting other women the way she would have wanted to be supported earlier in her career is one of Latto’s main motivators.
“Nobody else know what it feels like to be dealing with this bullsh*t, trying to get a feature cleared on the back end,” Latto added. “We the only people that understand each other’s struggles in this industry. So, I just be trying to do my little part and put the girls on however I can.”
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Latto also opened up about cosmetic surgery and had an important message for women who may be considering making some changes.
“Find peace within your natural state. Because you’re going to find a flaw and another flaw and another flaw and another flaw. Surgery, any of that stuff, is not a permanent fix,” Latto said.
Ultimately, she believes women should be making their own decisions when it comes to their bodies. It is a message she has included in her music, with titles such as “P-ssy” that criticized the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
“However you want to play it, just make sure that’s what you comfortable with. But I just think surgery is so popular now. That’s the most thing I be trying to remind you of. Don’t be so gullible for the social media traps and whatever, because you never going to be good enough for the outsider’s eye,” she added.
Latto knows that whichever decision she makes, there will always be critics.
“When I didn’t have my surgery, they’re like, ‘Oh, she shaped like her white side.’ What the f-ck do that even mean? For real, what do that even mean? And then when I got the surgery, it is, ‘Oh, she’s botched,’ ‘Oh, it’s too heavy.’ You’re never going to win. So just find peace within yourself, whatever you want to do, do that.”