Kreayshawn: “I definitely grew up watching all the girls that were coming out back then. Nicole Wray, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Da Brat, Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child. There was this huge place for women back then.
“You could say whatever you want and I feel like that’s really been lost. Beyonce’s still holding it down, but I feel like a lot of the people who’ve inspired me are not in the game anymore. I’m definitely just trying to bring back that voice, but I don’t want to do it alone. I want more girls to come.
“Honestly man, this is no disrespect to [Nicki Minaj] because she’s got talent. She’s got an image. But when it comes to inspiring young women, her message is to be a Barbie—to be plastic, to be fake, to all have blonde hair.
“All her fans try to dress up like her, be her, do their hair like her. And you have Lady Gaga and she calls all her fans Monsters. And ‘Everyone, be crazy!’ It’s not about being like the artist that you’re listening to. I think Nicki Minaj has the voice of the generation, but I’m not sure if it’s the right thing to be saying at this time.
“My whole thing is hopefully, when I come out, girls aren’t trying to dress like me. They’re taking their effort to go find their own style, own voice, and own brand like I did.”