Siya Reps the Empire State, Shouts Out Rap's Finest on 'New York': Premiere



Rapper Siya reps the Empire State with her new track "New York," premiering today (July 29) on Billboard. On the Lombardi Young-produced cut, the Brooklyn native shouts out rap's finest while saluting classic hip-hop. 

"The "New York" record was sent to me by one of my producers, Lombardi Young and almost instantly I knew what I needed to do," she told Billboard over e-mail. "I miss hip-hop. Real hip-hop. The music I was raised on. Big L, Nas, DMX, Jay Z, Biggie, OutKast, etc. I don't get that feeling like I used to when I listen to music now. I can barely understand half of it and the rest is just watered down lyrics over bass heavy beats."

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She continued, "I wanted "New York" to make people feel like it was summer of '98 in front of the corner bodega in the projects and music blasting out of someone's Acura while a game of Cee-lo was taking place. That's what hip-hop was to me. I'm from Roosevelt PJ's, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The concrete jungle. I'm from NEW YORK! My music should reflect that."

Beyond delivering heat, Siya will be continuing her stint with the Oxygen reality show Sisterhood of Hip Hop. "As far as being a reality TV star on Sisterhood of Hip Hop, it's exactly what you see. An inside look into my personal space. It doesn't change me or my music," she explains. "It's so the fans can feel closer to us as artists and to show that femcees can actually empower each other instead of competing and ripping one another down. My motto is 'Let's get this money and make more room in the game for females.' PERIOD."

Listen to Siya get her Frank Sinatra on for "New York" below.


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