Sade Lamiere : “I tried Corporate America it’s racist, so now I rap
The latest female rapper to touch down in Hip Hop Sade Lamiere sat down with us for an interview, for the release of her single “Only Fans”, which turned into an interesting conversation about social injustice and her experiences as a black woman in America.
When asked about the inspiration behind “Only Fans” Sade Lamiere stated
“Only fans is a release of my feelings, my music can be hella angry sometimes. I write music to release my emotions and I’ve been upset for a long time. I rap when I’m angry and I sing when I’m sad, but I’m working on breaking those habits and keeping it fresh for my fans.” When asked about the source of her anger the rapper elaborated that it’s partially because of her experiences as a black woman in America. “I was one of the smart kids growing up. I was the salutatorian of my 8th grade class , but like most African Americans my childhood was far from perfect, still I was smart. Then I grow up I go into the workforce, try out Corporate America only to learn that it’s unbearably racist and they over work you and pay you substantially less when you’re black. I experienced this sh*t first hand, it’s like the Keebler elves it does exist. I had to go home to live in the projects while my white co-workers and bosses go home to nice houses after a day of harassing me and stealing my ideas. I’d rather be broke than do that sh%t ever again.”
These words seem all too familiar in the current social climate with protests and riots, stemming from black deaths during interaction with police just a few months anterior.
When asked if she was going to make music discussing social issues such as racism and police brutality, Sade Lamiere replied “my reality is a result of racism, my frustrations, my feelings, my experiences all of my music is rooted from that, even the turn up, but maybe I will if I’m compelled to do so. I write everything and everything I write is genuine. I’m not going to force it.”
With rappers like Cardi b conducting interviews with presidential election candidates (turn presidential elect) and Lil baby performing songs about social injustice at the Grammy’s, there appears to be a shift in hip hop and Sade Lamiere points out that maybe hiphop is one of the few arenas where black American culture is celebrated in America. If that’s the case, what of the millions of black, white collar and blue collar workers? Do they suffer in silence? When asked of the advice she would give her black fans on how to escape racism and if she believed that they too should become rappers she responded, “don’t get twisted I love music, I love rap, it’s the only thing that constantly challenges me, everything else came too easy, that’s why I rap, I would recommend for black Americans to open their own businesses and build their own brands around what their good at, and what they love to do, because we are doing the work already, just not reaping the long term generational benefits. ”
There’s power in people’s stories and perspectives. It’s an honor to be able to share Sade Lamiere’s. There’s something interesting about Sade Lamiere; there’s a passion behind her eyes. The kind of passion that makes mega superstars.