Who Is Sasha Go Hard? Photography by Tony Lowe

Chief Keef, King L, Lil Reese, and Lil Durk are widely recognized as the faces of Chicago’s new rap scene, but there’s something brewing within the city's young female MCs, too. Rappers like Katie Got Bandz, Chella H, and Shady offer versions of drill music from their own unqiue perspectives. These “lady hittas” bring hard-edged raps and a monstrous sound, crafting huge regional hits that have attracted major label attention, but there's still room to become the first national star from this crop.

A promising local talent to take that title is Sasha Go Hard. As of late, the 20-year-old from Chicago's Southside has been hustling her independent mixtapes and videos that juxtapose the city's gritty lifestyle with her irrestible charisma. Her street anthem “Why They Mad?” rings loud—both on the Internet, with over 60,000 YouTube views, and in the Chi—garnering props from the likes of recent MMG signee Rockie Fresh, and more. Her tough demeanor comes as a surprise for a pretty-faced girl, which is what she says separates herself from the pack.

This past July, Sasha Go Hard released her second mixtape, Do You Know Who I Am? The project is a significant improvement over her first tape, Glory Girl, and with even more hypnotic hooks and simple yet effective bars. That’s why we decided to find out, Who Is Sasha Go Hard? She opened up about growing up with her family in the Low End, how she didn’t like her voice at first, being affiliated with Chief Keef's GBE crew, and the violence in Chicago.

As told to Eric Diep (@E_Diep)

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