“If women ruled the world, there’d be a lot of lesbians,” went the most famous of Bree’s lines uttered on Miss Rap Supreme. But that doesn’t mean that she is one! After the jump, Bree plays coy about her sexuality, talks about why stumbling on her last verse was actually a positive thing, philosophizes about hip-hop’s commercialism being its downfall and explains why her experience on the show was “bittersweet.”
How was your time on the show?
The experience is something I’ll definitely treasure for the rest of my life. Living in the house with nine different women is, obviously, an experience in itself. This show, having to write and memorize everything in one hour, is a bit different than the real life of hip-hop.
Do you think that the final-challenge set-up is unfair?
No. Not at all. I love the challenge.
The fact that you stumbled on your last verse seemed to be the major reason you were eliminated.
Me stumbling proved to everybody that I did just write my verse. It wasn’t already written. Even Serch said in one of his interviews that when someone looks up in the air or when they stumble, that’s how he knows they just wrote their verse. If that was the reason for eliminating me, that’s a pretty sad-ass reason. I don’t think I should have been eliminated.
It seemed like you mostly stayed away from drama. I don’t even know where you stood in the everyone-versus-Chiba battle.
I wasn’t in that drama because I loved everybody in the house. I wasn’t going to put myself in the middle of drama that wasn’t necessary, especially when I have millions of fans watching me.
Do you think Chiba got a raw deal?
No. Just like Twist said, it was all a big misunderstanding. I don’t think it stemmed from anything specifically. The whole fight began when we went to the lesbian club. The reason it began is because Chiba told Byata that she felt I should have won that night, and I completely agree. That’s when everything broke loose.
What did you make of the sexual tension in the house?
I didn’t sense any in the house at all. It was all just drama.
I ask mainly because of the last line of one of your challenge verses was, “If women ruled the world, there’d be a lot of lesbians.” Are you out?
I just say this: I am who I am. That’s all I say. I’m here to stimulate people’s minds musically and not personally. I’m just here to make the best of everything with my music.
In your final rap, you seemed to be railing against commercial hip-hop, or maybe hip-hop’s commercialism. Is this a concern of yours?
Hip-hop has gone down the drain because of all the bling bling, having sex…it seems like these days, rappers would rather talk about what they have rather than looking around to rap about what society has. People will never know what it feels like to have all that money and glamour. My objective is to reach out to the people and relate to them on their level. There’s no substance in hip-hop nowadays. Everybody raps about the same thing and it’s tiring. What’s the talent in rapping about money and jewels?
People rap about those things for a reason, though: because it sells. Do you worry about forfeiting some commercial success in order to stand your ground?
Well, I’m going to create my own path and that will be the one that everyone follows. I’m not going to follow everybody else. I’m definitely in this game for commercial success. I want my music to be radio-ready, but just production-wise. I’m still going to have substance. I’m not going to dumb down to the shameful music that’s out now.
A lot has been made about how hard it is to be a female rapper in ’08. Do you feel the burden?
Sex sells, so people want most female hip-hop artists to be uncovered, showing everything. But what are they really doing? Are they hitting platinum? No. They’re showing all of this and they’re going nowhere. It’s definitely difficult for women in the industry, because women are not taken seriously. But that’s why I’m here. I’m here to show you that you don’t have to be completely undressed to make it in this industry.
What did you make of your portrayal on the show?
A lot of times, I was made to appear weak. One of my verses, they showed me saying, “If women ruled the world, there’d be a lot of lesbians,” and that’s how they said I ended it. No. I had another four bars after that line that they didn’t show. I didn’t end it weak, and I know that they only did that for stereotypical reasons, since I do say open things about lesbians, and I do say open things about women. But it’s all good. I kinda feel like they wanted to take my shine away, so I wouldn’t outshine anybody else.
Frankly, I was surprised at the quality of the tracks you have on your MySpace.
This show definitely did not show who I was. Once you hear my music, you know I’m not weak. Not everybody gets to hear it, and I feel like I have to keep redeeming myself.
Do you wish you hadn’t done it? Has it done more harm than good?
No. It’s bittersweet. Millions of people know who I am now. Everywhere I go, people know who I am. The exposure is tremendous. That’s the sweet part. The bitter part is that the show gave little indication of my talent.
Keep up with Bree via her MySpace.
Miss Rap Supreme show page