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Published on January 16th, 2020 | by MuzikScribe

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Pretty Savage: Making Money Moves

After several years spent honing her craft, Norfolk, Virginia, rap-stress, Pretty Savage, finally unleashed her self-titled debut album just in time for Christmas. Let this highly impressive 12 track set, featuring G Herbo (twice) and Alondo Jackson, as well as production from Chicagoan DJ L, Oz on The Track, Zell To Trill and more, be a crystal clear indication of the undeniable impact that this 22 year old Aries femcee is destined to have in the forthcoming days, weeks, months and even years…

Photo Credit: James Harris

Tell me your whole inception into music — When did you first become interested in it? And, how did it actually all begin for Pretty Savage?

I think music is a very special coping mechanism; a gateway to even the slightest bit of mental freedom. Music for me began as a young girl. I can’t remember the exact age I started to write music, but since a young’n I’ve been writing songs.

Now you’re from Maryland, VA, correct? So growing up in the “DMV,” who all did/do you consider to be your strongest musical influences?

Being from VA, there’s multiple influence-rs as far as music. I haven’t actually studied any artist to an extreme, but the hometown speaks for itself. Some of the hottest in the game came from VA; Pharrell, Missy Elliott, Chris Brown, etcetera…even down to the producers like Bink, Chad (Hugo), Timbaland. Everybody from VA on the music scene gives me drive because this is personal. I want to show the world my love for VA, but first I wanna show VA the love that the world forgot to give us!

At what particular point in time did you even opt to pursue music on a professional level?

In 2016, I quit my job at Walmart. I basically had it embedded in my head that I didn’t want to work anymore and focus on music. Around the same time, I had just gotten familiar with Herb, Mikkey and DJ L on the business behalf.

Where does your moniker originally derive from?

My rapper name has always been Savage…since 2012. It came from not knowing who I am on the inside. Going through certain trials and tribulations, I lost the girl inside that I was most familiar with for a long time, along with forming this wall that kept a lot of people out. It came from being angry, not understanding reason, running from missing voids. The “pretty” part is just what YOU see. And that’s all you get until I let you in. Whether I show you savage or I just show you something pretty, I try to be transparent the most I can.

That being said, how do you classify your overall sound and/or style?

My style is just free. Whatever I feel at the moment. I like fly tomboy vibes for wardrobe, I like gangsta music, sometimes I wanna tap into my girl side, sometimes I wanna be gentle. All the time I just try to be ME.

In having said that, what particular string of events led to your initial hooking up with G Herbo and ultimately being christened The First Lady of his 150 Dream Team collective?

I met Herb through his producer at the time DJ L, via Twitter. I got on a three-way call with L and Mikkey (Halsted of Machine Entertainment Group). The conversation basically was about my potential to grow as an artist on their team. Next, I met Herb through a FaceTime call. Shortly after, I linked with Herb, (Nolimit) Maneski, (Lil) Bibby, Mikkey and his wife at a studio in ATL. That night I became comfortable with the vibes. I became 1st Lady by consistently vibin’ with them along the way.

How much actual input/involvement does “G” have when it comes to the overall hands on experience with you and your music? And, has the artist formerly known as Lil Herb given you any real good/helpful advice, being that he has been in the music business himself for quite some time now?

Herb has given me advice on how to cope being an artist and a person in real life. I’ve always kept it gangsta with him and he gangsta right back! The most accurate advice from Herb was to be patient. He always tell me I’m loyal, I’m real, I’m patient and that I have to keep being patient. No matter the circumstances, the test in my life has always been patience. Throughout my music journey, I’ve had to be patient on multiple occasions…but that patience kept me from signing (just) anything; it kept me from selling my worth as an artist for a couple bucks that people make in the streets. It still till this day kept me with the 150 DT family…money isn’t everything. I’d rather stay with a mobb of people who are loyal and believe in me and will stand with me against whatever, than to sign papers that basically say, “FUCK YOU for $20,000!”

Photo Credit: James Harris

What do you feel you bring to the music industry that we don’t already have in other performers?

My spirit is different. That’s what’s missing; Spirits! Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of good souls out here, very energetic…but for the most part nobody cares about facing truths and analyzing self before wanting the next big things in life. Money, cars and chains are too special now. I try to stay intact with my soul because if I don’t this world will eat me up and spit me back out over and over. Nobody can truly win if everything doesn’t start (from the) inside out.

Have you encountered any problems in getting to this point in your career?

My biggest problem along my journey has been stability. Having consistent / stable funds, having a stable peace of mind, building a stable foundation, looking for a stable team. Keeping the family stable! There’s always going be another battle, so I haven’t really ran into problems. I run into challenges and I will always come out on top.

What do you want people to get from your music?

The message in my music is to be free. Be yourself. Say what you want, express yourself, do things on your time, have no worries, learn life while you live it and Mostly TRY TO LOVE WHO YOU ARE BEFORE YOU GO FIXING PERFECT THINGS ABOUT YOU FOR SOMEONE ELSE!

Lyrically, what moves or motivates you?

So the gangsta part of my music comes from my environment and what I’ve seen or actually went through in life. Of course I’m not out here just shooting people or on dummy missions. I’mma lover and I’ll never hide that. But have I seen death? Have I been in fights? Have I been crossed? Have I been around drugs? Have I seen the streets turn people out? Have I had connections to the system? Have I had bonds with real murderers? Have I seen or learned parts of the game? Of course! How you think I can rap about it the way I do? it’s common to reach a bit in lyrics these days, but the overall root of my music is foreal.

If you could collaborate with any one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would collab with 2pac if I ever had the chance. His soul is legendary. His spirits were strong. His messages were brilliant, his style was gangsta, his music is real. if I knew his exact purpose, I would think it was close to mine…so far but so close. My favorite song is “Hail Mary.” He can step inside his own mental and give you exactly what you need to make sense of a lot of things.

If you could play any venue in the world, which one would you choose and why?

Something in the Water (Festival at Virginia Beach) would be a venue I’d like to perform at. It’s VA bound, and it would give a lot of locals a feeling of hope. I just want to show the people at home that we are made for this. Whatever it is, ain’t no go hard or go home. WE AT HOME AND WE GOING HARD TILL WE MAKE IT OUT!

One track of yours that you think defines you and why?

My track “Killing Me” off my debut album defines me the most. I basically gave truths about the encounters I’ve had with a few males who played a part in my life once. My dealings with certain people affected who i was because I let them in before I let myself in. I didn’t learn me enough to expect the next person to. Some things affected me as a lost girl, wanting my dad in a way I couldn’t have him, dealing with emotions from situations I hadn’t spoken on. That track is just a piece of my story; I got a book to tell!

Photo Credit: James Harris

In terms of longevity, what do you feel it is that will continue to sustain you in this grueling industry?

I think my conquering my spirit will last me in this game. The only way to win is to be thorough. If you are okay with who you are, nobody can come to defeat you. You will always have the leverage if you can stay solid to yourself. The only way someone can win is if they know you in a way you didn’t know yourself. So who can knock you off the board if you’re secure with all your wrongs and rights, your intentions, your moves, your perspective, your sanity?

Do you have any other outside/additional future aspirations, maybe even completely away from music?

Outside of music, I actually want to be in a movie; a goofy, funny one! One day I’m going to buy a nail shop and make it hellaful! I want to own multiple properties.

To date, what has been your biggest career moment, at least thus far anyway?

My biggest moment thus far would have to be releasing my project. I’ve waited so long; I was so lost and confused on how this system works. I lost fans, I gained even more. I was never consistent enough to take off, so now that people can actually find my music and stream it makes me feel so complete with my music. I’ve always doubted myself when things weren’t happening; I just had to drop the whole time.

Looking ahead, say five or maybe even ten years from now, where do you see yourself?

In 5 years, I hope to be one of the most amazing artists I always knew I could be. I hope in that time I’ve conquered my delivery, my wordplay (and) my anxiety. Though there’s always room to improve, I hope in the next 5 years I can influence a lot of people around the world to be okay with their-self. Spread love and stand on business!

As for the immediate, what’s next for Pretty Savage?

Being a part of PTSD Tour (which begins February 10th), releasing another project and expanding my fan-base, is what’s next for me. Also, I’m doing a documentary and hopefully get to start my own small tour soon.

Is there anything I left out or just plain forgot to mention?

There’s nothing left out, but I do want to give light to some artists from VA that I believe in, or I think has great music. Alondo Jackson; I’ll bet my first million dollars on Alondo Jackson! Others that have some sharp music; Tae Eighto, Fatty, A1 J’son, Young Crazy, Holley Way, Dime Don, Mochaveli, CFN Es2x, OMB KD,  Chopfrmdapark, Glizzy, Capo, Tianna Jackson, Juliet, Benny Hunchos, etcetera. Hottest producers are VIPs’ Zeeko, Zelltootrill, Rico Santana, Bink, Stupid Genius, Swoosh VIPs, etcetera.

Any “closing” thought(s) for our readers?

My closing thoughts are self-love. No matter what, at least try to love yourself. I’m trying; I’m not alone and neither are you. Thank you!


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