Brooklyn-based rapper Nitty Scott, MC has never shied away from talking about her feminism or Afro-Latin identity and the ways it’s had an effect on her music. During her recent tour stop in Toronto for International Women’s Day, she sat down with podcast #GYALCAST to talk not only about her quest for career longevity, but what cross-cultural sounds we can expect from her next project CREATURE! She opened up about dealing with constant sexism as a woman in hip-hop. Nitty spoke at length about women who inspire her,  including writer and poet Rupi Kaur.

“I love Rupi Kaur, she’s an amazing poet. Her work inspired a lot of what’s on the upcoming album. It made me feel like it was ok to feel a lot the feelings that specifically women of color experience. We deal with the effects of racism and sexism at once and that really affects your psyche. You internalize a lot of society’s messages.”

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She also had plenty to say about the evolution of her image from rugged tomboy to embracing her curves.

“[My old manager] basically told me I could not be an intellectual and also be sexy. That my sexuality is intimidating. At that time I thought, ‘I want to be respected’… so hoodies and Timbs it is.”

She added that since shedding her more conservative look, the responses have been mixed.

“I’ve always been respected as a lyricist, and I’ve heard people act like all my work doesn’t exist because I’m in a bodysuit.”

Nitty also touched on her changing sound and her playing with new influences each time she heads back into the studio.

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“The artists we’ve seen that have withstood the test of time, it was because they continuously reinvented themselves. I’m not afraid to build on what Nitty Scott is or what a Nitty Scott song can sound like. I’m not afraid to f*ck that all up.”

Of her next project, CREATURE! (slated for a summer 2016 release) she says, “It’s Afro-Latina girl magic. It sounds like Piña Coladas in a concrete jungle.”

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#GYALCAST [link to] is a Toronto-based podcast featuring a rotating cast of Black women who talk music, womanhood, Afro-Caribbean identity, sex & relationships.

Sajae is a Toronto-based writer and digital creator who enjoys long walks to wherever the snacks are. Find her @Jaefiasco


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