Soul Sisters Podcast: Dreezy on 'Competing for the No. 1 Spot' (And Why She's Not Here to Make Friends)
"Ain’t nobody putting out no good music," Chicago rapper Dreezy tells Soul Sisters to explain why she's had to fight to earn the respect she's rightly won. "Everybody’s putting out bubblegum rap."
The same cannot be said of Dreezy herself, who at only 22 years old is widely recognized as one of the most exciting new talents in the game. Just look at the collaborators on her new album, No Hard Feelings, from T-Pain to Gucci Mane to Wale, to see just how much stock the serious rap community is putting into her potential.
Dreezy tells us how, as a young woman growing up on the South Side of Chicago writing "poetry and songs and...little stories in my journal," she suddenly gained some serious admirers with a self-produced cover of Nicki Minaj's "Chiraq," which she put on SoundCloud the morning after the original dropped -- and had half a million listens within a week.
Speaking of Minaj, being the Soul Sisters podcast, we of course had to ask Dreezy about the perceived competitiveness between women in hip-hop. While she acknowledges that people do occasionally try to beef with her, she couldn't be less interested in indulging -- unless she's forced to.
"It should always be a fair sport," she insists, before admitting, "I didn’t get in here to just be buddy buddy to everybody. We’re competing for the number one spot."
"If I’m working at McDonald's," she explains by way of example, "I’m trying to be the best burger-flipper in there."
Listen to the full episode below, hosted by Jessie Katz and Darah Golub and recorded at NYC's Chord Club, and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes.