Ice Spice Opens Up About The Competitive Nature Of The Female Rap Industry, Says Women Claim To Be ‘Girl’s Girls’ But Are ‘Behind The Scene Being B*tches’
Breakout rap star Ice Spice is getting candid about the music industry.
During a recent cover interview, the 23-year-old dished about experiencing closeted hate from fellow artists, and how the competition keeps her driven.
Ice Spice, real name Isis Naija Gaston, stated in regards to the female rap industry:
“It is a competition at the end of the day. People want to be all ‘I’m a girl’s girl,’ but then behind the scenes being b***hes,”
“Basically, we here, the girls, are doing amazing. I’m excited to see it.”
As the rap star didn’t drop any names, it’s hard to imagine who the musician may be referring to directly as “b***hes.” Ice Spice manages to stay clear of public drama, for the most part. Earlier this year, however, it was momentarily speculated that she landed on the bad side of fellow rapper JT of City Girls over a shoutout from the “Act Up” artist’s partner Lil Uzi. Insiders later claimed, however, that the two had no beef.
Continuing the interview, the “Deli” artist elaborated on her thoughts that everyone in the music game right now thrives off the competition, and enjoys seeing how they stand in comparison to each other. On the heels of famed rap star Nicki Minaj dominating the female industry for nearly a decade, several talented female rappers have been able to see significant success in the once male-dominated realm. Along with Ice Spice, artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Latto, Coi Leray, and GloRilla have made sustainable names for themselves and have gone on to sell millions of records and perform at sold-out shows.
Speaking on her female rap competitors, Ice Spice continued:
“I feel like the competition is what keeps us all excited because I think we all secretly enjoy competing and seeing who put that sh*t on better and who’s gon’ get the most views.”
“I can be transparent, and I know the competition is checking on me too, which is why it’s OK to say that. Because it’s like, ‘Yeah, girl, I’m watching you and I know you watching me.’ And boys are watching too, because they be secretly haters…But everybody today is competing with everybody no matter if you a boy, girl, nonbinary, whatever it is. You still checking in on your competition. That’s in every industry.”
For Ice Spice, however, the musician’s rapid success seems to have put her in a lane of her own. The New York native is certainly a rookie in the game, only launching her career in 2021. In 2022, her single “Munch” blew up on social media, garnering massive attention.
The rapper’s follow-up moves were equally as impressive. Ice Spice earned herself the title of “artist with the most Hot 100 top-five singles” this year, with popular collaborations such as “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2” with Pink Pantheress, and her single “Princess Diana,” whose remix featured an appearance from none other than the self-proclaimed queen of rap Nicki Minaj.
More recently, Ice Spice appeared on the remix of country pop star Taylor Swift’s “Karma” and was also tapped for Minaj’s single from the billion-dollar “Barbie” movie, “Barbie World.”
All four records have reportedly peaked within the top 10 of the Hot 100, marking a stellar start for the new artist. Ice Spice was also the recipient of several awards this year, including the VMA award for “Best New Artist” and Billboard’s “Rookie of the Year” award. It doesn’t seem the musician is showing any signs of slowing down.
Elsewhere in the interview, Ice Spice credited her soar to stardom to her “genius” marketing skills, stating:
“People be trying to act like I’m dumb, and I’m just like, I’m a marketing f***ing genius…I feel like that just comes from being from New York, having to be quick on your feet, having to be witty and having a fast comeback. Having so many siblings and cousins just gave me that smarta** mouth that I have and being able to react quickly. I think people with a smarta** mouth make for good marketers.”
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