Who Is Sasha Go Hard? Photography by Tony Lowe

Growing Up on Chicago's Southside

Sasha Go Hard: “My momma, she wasn’t the type to let anybody go outside and do what we want to. I mean, she’ll let us go by my grandma’s house or stay home or go to work. You know, stuff like that. I would never just go hanging at blocks.

“She talks to me about sex and guys and what could happen if I stay outside all night. Or, she talks to me about street stuff.

“My dad was around but I stayed with my mother. They wasn’t together at the time, but he was there for me too. My mom was my better half. She love my personality. I’m real smart and mature. She likes how I think. I don’t just do what I want to do or do stupid stuff. So she love that.

“It was real nice living with two sisters. We had our little altercations but we stuck together. We real close. We always been like that. It was just my two sisters and my oldest brother. I have a younger brother that’s under me so he wasn’t around when we was growing up. He hasn’t been around for eight years now. I was around my sisters and my brother. I was the baby girl. [Laughs.]

“In our younger days as kids, we wasn’t going outside or nothing. We either had the choice of play the game or go to the porch or listen to music or watch TV. The main thing that we did was listen to music. Even though we was together, we always had our own different thing that we be doing. And mine was just rhyming and coming up with stuff. So I just did it on my own and focused on myself.

 

“My mom was my better half. She love my personality. I’m real smart and mature. She likes how I think. I don’t just do what I want to do or do stupid stuff. So she love that.

"We grew up, we didn’t have a mindset to do stuff to get us in trouble. We used to get in trouble, it would be something minor.  We ain’t really do nothing to get in trouble. For us, we had each other and we didn’t need to go out and do something to get in trouble.

"I remember a long time ago, I was about nine or ten. We used to have a water fight. [Laughs.] We had a water fight in the house and we got in trouble for that when my momma came home. But we had so much fun with that.  [Laughs.]"

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