The New Orleans rapper holds nothing back as she discusses being an incomparable female rapper in a male dominant industry.
3D Na’Tee is not just a rapper, but a lyricist and entertainer. Being a New Orleans native, she feels it influences her music. “You can hear it in my accent, the way I talk and walk is New Orleans, and I can’t leave that out of my music. We’re very soulful and passionate people, it’s reflective of where I come from. Na’Tee grew up with extreme hardship, but she decided to combine her love for rap and raw lyrical talent to embrace the roughness of the streets and infuse it into her music. By doing this, she was able to organically become one of the most buzzed about upcoming female emcees. Writing poetry and rapping at a young age, Na’Tee knew becoming a rapper was her purpose. “I never thought of being anything else but a rapper.” The emcee used social media to gain exposure, before Twitter and Instagram, she used Myspace to promote her music.
Her recognition continued to build as she begun to compete in rap battles beating out a four-time BET 106 & Park freestyle champion, Jaha and releasing five mixtapes including “The Coronation” featuring artists such as Timbaland, Keri Hilson, and Missy Elliot. On meeting the producer, “Timbaland saw one of my videos online and flew me out to Miami and over a span of 10 months I worked with him.”
Na’Tee released her latest single “Fake Friends” on ADD52. “That’s the new word right there, that record is produced by KEonTrack and I’m going through this stage right now where I just signed a record deal I hear a lot of people saying “this person got signed and they changed,” but now that I’m actually in the spot I see people changing around me.” “It’s an exact description of how I feel at this moment being a somewhat independent artist scattered on the internet to being with a label All Def Digital, all of these things kind of describes that move.”
She signed to music veterans Simmons and Rifkind and is an up-in-coming artist with ADD52 platform. On the industry veterans, “it feels good because their legendary, one of the most important things about this situation is that they don’t have anything to prove, whether I sell one record or a billion records or more, they created their legacy, that’s why I knew their attraction to my music and who I am as an artist was genuine.” They created history, so they’re looking for someone similar to create and continue the legacy and I personally think they did a good job.”
Aside from Simmons, Rifkind and Timbaland, Na’Tee connected with Kendrick Lamar for freestyle duo as she continues to brand herself as a lyrist.
Working in a male dominate industry, it’s an ongoing battle for female rappers who want to be seen as a rapper versus a female rapper. Na’Tee feels she is not just a female emcee in a world male rappers. She explains, “I don’t see myself as female rapper, I don’t compare myself to the female rappers.” I think that’s what a lot female rappers do put themselves in that class, wanting to be the best female emcee, that’s crazy to me, that lane is so small. I want to be one of the best.” Continuing her perspective in a broader scope, “If a few people in this office could name five top rappers, they’re going to name five men, I want to be in that number.” “I want my music to be the soundtrack of those chasing their dreams. I want you to be able to play one of my songs and say ‘I can relate to what she’s saying”
Na’Tee talent is proven to be impressionable among the rap industry as she has been compared to Nas and Lauren Hill in XXL magazine, “it’s always a good thing to hear those names, those are people that I highly respect and when you hear there name you know that’s quality music. I’m doing what I set out to do, that’s important to me, I really appreciate being compared to such high caliber artists.”
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