Rhea Carter Is Flexing On Her Haters In New Track
Chicago-born and Brooklyn-based blogger-turned-rapper Rhea Carter is gearing up to finish and release her debut EP, Get Cute or Die Trying. Citing herself as an entrepreneur, music isn’t Carter’s only venture, as she made her break as a fashion blogger, but has since moved her time and energy into music and finishing the EP. After taking a step back from fashion to focus on music, the rapper focuses on music that empowers women, rapping about everything from human emotions and her hometown of Chicago to Instagram.
After releasing her first single off the EP, “Get Cute,” the hip-hop artist gets real with Milk about flexing on her haters, sticking to her message, and using her music to empower women.
Tell me about your new song “Get Cute”.
It’s pretty much just like the title —the song is me flexing on my haters, I’m just sticking to myself with the message. It really leads into my EP, since my EP is titled Get Cute or Die Trying. It wasn’t meant to really be about physically what you look like, but it’s more so just about liers. That whole thing that I was sticking to—the notion of being female, so I have to run this shit. It’s a space for me in the industry. You have to be fearless and just go for it.
How long did it take you to make the EP?
I’m still working on it, still deciding what songs I want to put on it. The process is longer because I haven’t worked with anyone really. I’m thinking about going back to Chicago, where I’m originally from, to produce it out there.
When did you move out here from Chicago?
I moved four years ago. I didn’t even move out here for music, I thought I was going to get into the fashion industry. I was really interested in keeping my blog up and making connections that had to do with influencing. I started to fall out of the fashion industry, so I just realized that I’m interested in other things. I’d rather be more vocal about it, to start a movement and contribute to the fearless females running in a man’s territory.
Was music always something you were interested in?
Yeah, it was, but growing up I remember when I was growing up in school and everyone was talking about what they wanted to be when they got older, and I said I wanted to be a rapper, and no one took it seriously. I didn’t grow up with much insight on what that takes. That reality seemed so far-fetched. People told me I was gonna have to get a regular job.
I’ve always been an entrepreneur, whether it was my blog, selling my clothes online, different sponsors—working for myself was something I always wanted to do, and I didn’t want to fake it. People try to steer others away from their passions, what they’re naturally good at, and I wanted to do something more, that maybe doesn’t fit society’s standards. That’s not something that needs to be contained. I would love to share that you should follow your dreams, what you’re good at, and be true to yourself.
What’s your music-making process like?
So far, I’ll just get an idea randomly. Sometimes it’ll come off the beat, especially if it’s upbeat. For years, it’s just been things I’ve had in my notebook. I always start off with my hook. Most of my songwriting starts with the hook and a general idea for the song. I want the message of each song to be strong. If I wanna talk about sex the whole song will be about that. If I wanna talk about love the whole song will have that message. I like sticking to one theme and telling the whole story.
What’s your favorite thing to rap about?
So far, it’s really been Chicago and about things I can really relate to. I have a song that’s probably gonna come out in a couple months called “No Follow Back Girl” which is obviously about Instagram. I’m really excited for that one because it’s finished and it makes so much sense for me and that’s when people really get to see who I am and understand it and my personality.
Besides the EP, what are your future plans?
I really wanna go on tour, do festivals. There are some great out here, especially the newer ones, that I went to that I thought were amazing. I would love to stay on that side of the game, doing a tour, opening tours, meeting people.
How was it going from doing fashion to doing music since they’re so intertwined?
It’s a mental thing. I think I overthought it. I was like, I know I have people that know I’ve been blogging. If I did any interviews, they would talk about my hair first because I had this crazy colorful hair. People would ask me at the end if I was working on music or any other projects, and I didn’t have much to put out. That’s when I realized you do actually have to work on it. Everything you put out, you get back. By putting music out there, you get connections and it all comes back to you. I don’t have a music video yet, but we’re working on it this weekend. I have so many concepts, clothes I’ve pulled, and I can’t wait to shoot the video.
What do you want people to get out of your EP?
I want people to feel like every song is triggering emotions that other women can relate to. It’s not the average feeling of getting your heart broken, emotions like that, it’s more about being a human. Everyone goes through it, but being a woman means people expect you to sing about love, but I wanted to show my sense of humor and shed light upon different scenarios that as a female, our point of view, we can relate to it. My voice as a female is talking about things that aren’t touched upon. I’m being creative and using my sense of humor to talk about those things.
Images courtesy of Rhea Carter.
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