Construction Worker (builds homes for hurricane victims in Florida)
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
By Chantae Benson
What motivated you to audition for the show?
I was riding down the street and a friend told me to audition for it. I really didn’t even know anything about it. Once I got out there and saw all the people and asked around I just went ahead with it.
How long have you been writing rhymes and what mc’s do you most admire?
I started doing this in 1999 when I was in Grambling State University and just realized I did not want to be in school. The people I admire are people like Nas, Big L, Jay Z, and Scarface. They really inspired me when I started taking it seriously.
What was your expectation of the show and did the show meet your expectation or disappoint you in any way?
I really was expecting some real hip-hop, somewhat of a battle in a lot of ways. I was a bit out of my element in some cases but that’s a part of learning in life, doing different things … I wasn’t feeling the editing in some cases. I thought they did a really good job editing the whole show but with my character they toned me down. They didn’t make me look bad but I did better then it seems. But they got to do that to build their story. I felt like if I did 10 that day they toned me down to a seven or eight. Sometimes the editing went my way, so you have to give a little to get a little.
What was going through your mind week to week with each elimination especially with the majority of mc’s being eliminated?
Basically, a lot of times I could be next. As mc’s we started feeling like we were outcasts, like we wouldn’t be here long. I feel I did as much as a rapper could do to stay that long. A lot of rappers couldn’t make themselves comfortable and they vocalized it. I just said this is Missy you’ve got to expect anything and I had that in mind.
How difficult was it trying to define yourself and stand out amongst the remaining contestants who were predominately singers?
I didn’t really find it hard. I found it hard to battle a singer. Battling is one of my strong points and up against a singer she can take a note and hold it for eight seconds and I have to think of words in eight seconds. My stage presence is how I kind of stayed a step ahead of them.
How difficult was it for you to step out of your element and sing and what were you thinking after that performance?
It wasn’t hard, I just imagined I was in the shower…I know I can’t sing but I was comfortable they’ll find something they like. It wasn’t hard it was just another part of the competition I did.
What was your most memorable experience on the road?
When I did the memorial to the strength of a black woman in the junkyard. I remember the look on Missy’s face. It felt good to impact her in that way. I can tell I touched her in more than just a competitive way. It made me feel good to know I could impress her like that.
Missy Elliott is looking for a contestant that is a triple threat. Who do you consider a triple threat amongst the remaining contestants and do you feel this person has the best chance of winning the competition?
Akil would have been a real good triple threat. The triple threat that I think Missy is looking for is a mainstream triple threat. I would say Nilyne because she has that New York slang, she can sing and dance her butt off and she has the look.
Do you have any regrets about anything during the competition?
No, I would have pretty much done the same thing I did then because what I did it wasn’t planned, it was authentic, it was me. If you can’t be yourself why even do it.
Is there anything that happened behind the scenes that you wish could have aired?
I wish sometimes they would have showed me freestyling on the bus. It was times with me and Yelawolf – I am sitting there trying to help him with his freestyle and we’re going back and forth.
If you had to do it all again would you still want to be a contestant on the show?
I would do it all again. It was an opportunity for one. You kind of knew what you were getting into and you’ve seen reality tv and ain’t nothin changed. Reality tv is like nature, when there’s humans involved it gets distorted.
What are your future plans? Will you be seeking a recording deal?
I will be working with Akil on some things, Nic wants to work with me and I wouldn’t mind working with Nilyne or Jessica. Right now I’m in the process of putting my team together, but as of now I have been doing a couple of interviews. I am in the studio working on some songs and finishing up a mixed tape. I’m building up my catalog so I have a list of songs to pick from. I’m just grinding right now.
Thank you for taking out the time for this interview and good luck with your collaboration efforts with the other show contestants.
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