People in the media love to use the term “overnight sensation” whenever anything goes viral. Sometimes, like with the Shiggy Dance, it applies. Other times, it doesn’t.

Last October, when Bay Area-born, Sacramento-raised rapper Saweetie freestyled over Khia’s early aughts hit “My Neck, My Back (Lick It),” it took five months after she originally posted what would become “ICY GRL” for the track to go viral (53 million YouTube views and counting, plus a recent feature on HBO’s Insecure). Still, outlets like the Los Angeles Times and Power 106 called her an “overnight sensation.” Unsurprisingly, the 25-year-old disputes that claim.

“I fell in love with music when I was 14,” says Saweetie, in between takes during a photoshoot at Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles. “So I’ve been trying to do music for the past 10 years.” She pauses, not for the camera, but to make a point. “It definitely didn’t happen overnight.”

At the root of what contributes to the careless throwing around of this term is age. When a young person—say, a 25-year-old—achieves something great, they’re often referred to as an “overnight sensation,” despite the fact that many of them have been grinding for years to find success. We forget about people like Mozart, who was said to have composed his first pieces of music at 4 years old, or actress Quvenzhané Wallis, who earned a Best Actress nomination at 9 years old. Instead, we equate youth with lack of experience or dedication to one’s craft.

Saweetie was born Diamonté Harper on July 2, 1993 to a Filipino mother and a black father. She didn’t have much of a childhood growing up. Her mom, who gave birth at 17, was essentially a child herself, so according to Saweetie, she was treated as a member of a “team” rather than a normal kid.