My girl Saweetie talks music and more with Wonderland Magazine. Check out excerpts from the interview below and click HERE to read it in it’s entirety.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s tried to suppress the memory of school maths lessons. Just thinking about that feeling when the teacher would ask a seemingly impossible question to the class, looking across a sea of bent heads avoiding eye contact until picking a suitable target, still haunts me to this day. However, there are some people who find their calling in maths class, whether it’s falling love with numbers, or, in the rare case of Diamonté Harper, falling in love with rap.
Originally penning poetry, Harper — who’s better known as Saweetie — performed her first ever rap in her Algebra II class and was inspired by her classmates’ praise to keep writing. After that, it was her best friend coming over every weekend and hopping on her bed, adamant to hear her next song, that kept the fire burning. “It was dope to have people that were interested in what I was writing and that gave me the motivation to write,” she reminisces over the phone from Washington DC.
As many of us millennials do, Saweetie then discovered the world of social media and quickly began releasing clips of her rapping on Instagram in the hopes of getting spotted. A short scroll back through her feed shows her sitting on her bed or in her car, hash-tagging #15SecondFlows and rapping over fuzzy background beats, with the tell-tale old school sepia or black and white filters showing a long time before VSCO Cam saved us. Her grind paid off though, and as you scroll up through her page, the views and likes on her videos get higher and higher. But it was the video of her sat in her car rapping over Khia’s 2002 hit “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” that would change everything and push her into worldwide stardom.