Interview w/ PRETTY LYON

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Interview by Tim brown

When and why did you start playing? -I started doing music officially in 2010. I’ve always been into the arts since I was kid, between dance classes every week to writing poetry, music became second nature for me. I’m always looking for new ways to express myself and once I decided to rap, I haven’t looked back since.

Which famous musicians, do you admire? Why? -I love Missy Elliot for her uniqueness, her style and creativity. She has never been afraid to step outside the box, always remained true to herself and she makes dope timeless music. I also admire Jay Z. I’m from the same place he’s from so to see someone like him rise above all obstacles and be the GOAT he is, inspires me regularly. He knows how to stay relevant and his music/bars are unmatched. I look up to so many dope artists but these 2 are top tier for me.

Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones? -Absolutely!! I’m definitely a throwback type of girl. I was so young but albums like Foxy Brown- Chyna White, DMX- And then there was X, Lil Kim-The Notorious K.I.M, Mase- Harlem World, Slick Rick-The Art of Storytelling, and Jay Z- Reasonable Doubt made me say wow, I want to do the same thing. All classic projects.

Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV. Of course. Performing is definitely my forte’. I come alive on stage, it’s literally my favorite place to be. I’ve performed at SOB’s NYC, Metlife Stadium, Webster Hall, and Lust night club just to name a few. Each venue was packed and sold out and the energy was through the roof. I’m looking forward to performing at bigger venues in the near future.

What makes this kind of music “good” to you? Hip hop is raw, it’s authentic, it’s made to make you feel good. Music in general does this to me, no matter the genre. Music just feels good. It picks my mood up when I’m down, it makes me smile, it makes me cry. Nothing else has had this effect on me. Music is everything to me.

Why did you choose to play this kind of music? I grew up listening to lots of hip-hop. It’s a part of my childhood and my adulthood so although I’m versatile, hip hop is where the heart is.

Let’s Talk about your music and your last work… -I just released 2 singles “Da Butt” and “I’m Outside” Remix ft Bow Wow. Both singles are major bops! “Da Butt” has a sample of the original song “Da Butt” from the Spike Lee movie, School Daze. It’s fun, catchy, and has a vibe. I can’t wait to share the music video with the world. “I’m Outside” is legendary especially because Bow Wow blessed the 2nd verse. This song is catchy, the beat is dope and it’s perfect for right now because everyone is OUTSIDE!

How do you feel about the internet in the music business? – I have a love/hate relationship with the internet in music, more love than hate but yea lol. I think it’s so amazing how simple the internet makes it to release new music, promote and network with people you would probably have a hard time meeting without the internet. On the contrary, because it’s soooo easy, just about anyone can put music out. I feel like a lot of people are doing it because it’s the “in” thing to do and it takes away from those who genuinely love creating music.

What are the plans for the future? -I plan to be the next mega icon. I want to be known for my music but I also plan to be in movies, have major endorsements and start humanitarian projects around the world. I plan to be BIG!

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music? -My music has evolved tremendously. I’ve gone through name changes and major sound changes. Over the past 10 years, I’ve learned so much as far as delivery, style of writing, and voice control. My music sounds advanced, cleaner, more experinced. I love the direction I’m going in.

Could you briefly describe the music-making process? (if you want special questions be free to write them by yourself…) Thanks, Tim Brown- When I’m creating, I sometimes begin with a few beats I like, and whichever speaks to my mood I begin working on a cadence and flow before I even create words. Since music is a feeling to me, the beat normally tells me what to say or at least the direction to go in. I then begin creating words for the hook, clever lines pop into my head, I write them down and most times I end up with notes of random parts of a song. I then go and organize it based on how it sounds. I’ve also written full songs without a beat and had to find one that fits what I wrote. This method is definitely not my favorite method lol