Saweetie is causing the right kind of commotion with her endless flow of candy-coated bops.
The buzz has carried her onto the cover of Teen Vogue‘s newest issue.
Beyond posing it up in the Shaniqwa Jarvis lensed shoot, the rapper’s feature sees wax candid about being “tri-racial,” her ability to make hits, and much more.
Peep pics and quotes below…
On creative freedom:
“I went from only wanting to write freestyles to having to create a hit. Now I know how to make the hits. I need to let people know that I’m a West Coast girl. I’m tri-racial. I come from a poppin’, big, male-dominated family, which explains my masculine energy at times. People were only seeing ‘icy girl,’ but who was the girl under the blonde wig?”
On achieving stardom before the COVID-19 pandemic:
“I realized that I never equated attention with happiness, so all that attention I was getting was overwhelming for me and I didn’t know how to handle it. Which is why — fast forward to last year and this year in quarantine — I had a lot of time to reflect, and that made me want to take back my power of being confident and made me want to rethink my career.”
On being raised by her parents, model and manager Trinidad Valentin, and former San Jose State football star, Johnny Harper:
“My parents are very ‘do as I say, not as I do.’ They’re like Bay Area legends. Like, if you [say] their names in the streets, it’s gon’ ring some bells. My mom’s a tiger mom. She wanted straight A’s. Her disciplining me at a young age got me into the habit of achieving high goals.”
On growing up in a unique family structure:
“Growing up, I was confused a lot. Like, I would get mad. I think my parents not being together really just affected me emotionally as a child, and I carried that stress and disappointment [when I was] a teenager. I used poetry as a way to express myself.”
On self-discipline in her youth:
“Before I went to college, I almost went to jail because I got caught stealing. At a young age, I just always liked the finer things — and I’m not even talking about name brands. I just like looking good. In that moment, I was like, I’m not really about this life. I get straight A’s, I’m a year-round athlete. I think the lesson was that [I had worked] too hard for everything to be thrown away.”
On the Black Lives Matter movement and rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community:
“No amount of money can bring back these lives or can Band-Aid the bruises, pains, and scars a lot of these families experience. A 70-, 80-year-old [Asian] grandmother who was walking down the street is getting beat up by a middle-aged man. The security guard just watches. And it makes me feel like, ‘Do I matter? If I wasn’t a celebrity and I was that age, would they care about me if I was to get beat up?”
On deciding to launch her nonprofit organization, the Icy Baby foundation, supporting Black and Asian groups:
“Growing up, my mom always asked me, ‘Where’s your heart?’ When she would question my actions and my motives, she’d be like, ‘Diamonté, do you care? And if you care, what are you going to do about it?’”
On her moral values as a young woman in the music industry:
“When you are a young woman in L.A., sometimes you’re put in situations that can help you financially but will take a jab at your soul, your body. I remember basically just having the opportunity to get some money, but in doing so I would have violated my morals and my values. I was broke but I was like, I will never do anything to disrespect myself … no matter how desperate I get. That’s a story within itself, but I think it was a moment where I was like, it’s okay. You’ll eventually get what you want out of life as long as you’re praying and working hard.”
On being her persona, Saweetie:
“I think that I use different personas as coping methods for how much I work. Saweetie is going onstage; Diamonté is reading contracts. I feel like Diamonté don’t take no sh*t and Saweetie is carefree.”