Interview: Ms. B’havin – An Inside Look at the Life of a Female MC

Brandy Hambrick is not your average female MC. Part-entrepreneur, part-singer and all entertainer, the Bankhead native is known as ‘Ms. B’havin’ or ‘Miss B’ on stage. Her hit single “Bottle Action” put everyone in the rap game—male and female—on notice; she was bringing something different. She gained fame and recognition for writing and performing the hook on Yung Joc’s hit single “I Know You See It,” and after touring with him, she took time to establish her own label and manage others in the industry.

 

With the beginning of her empire established, she is returning to her rightful place, the mic, and delivering more heat with her new single, “Girl on Girl” debuting August 1st. Miss B took a minute to talk with CherryGRRL about hip-hop, the new single, and why she’s always surprising people.

CherryGRRL: So tell us about the single “Girl on Girl”? What motivated you to go there?

Miss B: Honestly, the gay and lesbian fanbase has always been there, especially for me. But that community, it’s an untapped market. I’m all about shock value. I make people blush. If I’m going to do something, and step out of the box… I’m going in. There’s no stopping me. You know, I don’t care what people think, but when I posted the song on Twitter, I didn’t get one negative reaction. It was all positive… My momma heard it, and she thought it was hot. So once my mom was behind it, nothing else mattered.

But, I have toured and played lesbian clubs. I played the strip joints, so it wasn’t too far fetched. If it fits the occasion, let’s do it.

CG: With a song like “Girl on Girl” I have to ask the obvious question: Girlfriend? Boyfriend? Both?

MB: [Laugh] Let’s put it this way: I like all things that are beautiful.

CG: Talk about the “Love Pink” campaign.

MB: “Love Pink” covers a lot of things. It’s anti-bullying, pro-self love and aims to cure ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer hits close to home because my mom’s best friend was diagnosed, and I had two grandfathers that died from [lung] cancer.  A couple of years ago, I thought I had breast cancer. I felt a lump in my breast, and it was like my life flashed before my eyes. Luckily, I was okay, but that’s not the story for so many people out there. So, I just felt like I needed to do something. The anti-bullying [part] is huge for me. There are too many people dying, because of who they are.

“Love Pink” is about raising hell for all of these causes.

CG: Rapping was a kind of happy accident for you. You started as a singer, right?

MB: I did, and I love singing. As a woman, we have so many issues to express, and I didn’t want to be an angry R&B singer. Singing is my first love, but rapping is what I’m supposed to do. I’m not just a rapper, I’m an entertainer. I’m a performer. So, I still sing. I sing some of my hooks, in fact, if you listen to the song “Don’t Bust” I sing the whole thing. But, I can go the f*ck ham rapping. You can’t talk about f*cking with a girl, and sing.

CG: When you got on the Yung Joc track, did you know it was going to be a hit?

MB: I didn’t. Joc is a very good friend of mine. I was cramping, and he was trying to get me to come in the studio to get on the song, and I wasn’t feeling it. He just told me, “I really think you should come on this” and I thought, “Yeah, OK, I owe him this.” When I heard the record, I thought “Man, this could be huge,” because a hook makes a record. And after I heard his bars, I told him it was a battle of the sexes. [Laughing] You’re not going to have me come on a track and not give the female perspective of the situation. (continued on next page)

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