When you think of chick rappers you better add this ultra talented white girl from Allentown to your list. G-Child has been ripping through rhymes and tearing up mics all over the country following her stint as a contestant on the short lived, but highly anticipated, “White Rapper Show” on VH1. But she’s been doing this since she was just a little one, with visions of Dr. Dre in her head. Here, G-Child sits down and talks music, MCs, and what it’s like to be her…
CherryGRRL (CG): Do you find it hard to not only be white, but to also be a female in the rap scene?
G-Child (GC): Not too much! I mean, these days there is so much diversity in hip-hop music. There are so many rap artists today that you would not expect to be involved in that genre. The whole stereotype rapper thing is long gone. It doesn’t matter what your race or gender is or if you are wearing your pants tight or baggy. That’s something I had seen for years but the media never really showcased many alternative artists.
On another note, I can say that the fellas seem to get more respect and sometimes may have more of an advantage than the female artists. That is not just an “industry thing” either. That’s what it’s like in most businesses and all over the world. It seems as though males have more privilege. I hope more females will take a stand and it won’t be that way forever.
CG: You were on “The White Rapper Show.” How has that show had positive and negative effects on your career?
GC: There were a lot of times that I regretted doing the show. I was filled with rage inside of me because I had felt like the show had clowned us all. Today I can just sit back and laugh about it though. I didn’t know what to expect going into it. If I had known what I know now, I would have called them out on certain things. I think in some cases the show actually may have ruined my chances of being a respected artist. As far as the positive goes, it makes me happy to brighten someone’s day when they ask me for a picture or an autograph! I was also able to get some good opportunities that meant a lot to me. Being on TV has its good and bad. It is still a struggle for me just like it is for any unsigned band or artist. All in all it was a great experience and at least I can say that I’m known for something.
CG: Who are some of your favorite hip-hop artists, and why?
GC: I like early and mid 90′s hip-hop. House of Pain, Lordz Of Brooklyn, and Da Brat… to name a few. They just came with a hard yet relatable sound and image.
CG: When did you start rapping?
GC: Growing up I was constantly listening to records with my older sis. I was always into music! Once she got into hip-hop I got into it as well. I want say around 1990 – so I was about six years old.
CG: You’re from Allentown, PA – not exactly a breeding ground for hip-hop music. How do you feel that your hometown influences your music?
GC: There are so many little things that I love about my area! I could sit on my porch with a case of beer for hours and just take it all in. Great ideas always pop into my mind. Songs that I am most proud of have all been written in Allentown. I also see so many rappers being carbon copies of one another so it inspires me to be who I am and bring forth a different sound and style.
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