Miss LaFamilia is about to takeover the rap sport, and hundreds of thousands of views on her first music video is simply the beginning
Meet Miss LaFamilia, a 27 yr outdated from Winson Inexperienced, Birmingham: rapper, boss woman and mom to an cute seven yr outdated boy, who’s about to show the rap sport within the UK on its legs. Though there are loads of ladies making waves within the music scene, not many select to tackle such a male nominated house and seize it by the horns.
Miss LaFamilia had a tricky upbringing in Birmingham coming from the rougher ends of the town. And as such, has efficiently tried to interrupt each stereotype connected to her background.
After we chat, I shortly realise that she is quick-witted, intuitive and behind the arduous exterior, there’s a very mild and mothering aspect to her. She is fluent in each English and German and is studying Portuguese. She’s been within the music enterprise for 2 years and has managed to hustle her approach up the music charts by way of pure expertise, graft, and arduous work.
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Miss LaFamilia jumped on a zoom name with GLAMOUR whereas commuting from the hair salon to a studio session to speak by way of her journey, balancing music and motherhood. She additionally reveals the immense strain she feels to stick to magnificence requirements and her greatest suggestions for creating house for herself on this ‘mansworld’.
I bought 1 million views on my first ever freestyle…
“I owned my ownmodelling company for 3 years, however I knew that there was one thing extra that I wanted to be doing. I've all the time wished to do music and all the time been capable of sing, however I by no means actually wished to be an artist. Two years in the past, I simply determined to launch a observe on GRM Every day’s Youtube platform [which is the epicentre of UK Urban music] for enjoyable. It bought 1,000,000 views in a month, which was like, whoa. I didn't even assume I might rap. I used to be simply attempting it out and thought I ought to discover that. So I did, and right here we’re.”
This complete rap factor, I’ve simply been winging it…
“I've actually simply been winging it, I've simply been following my coronary heart and ensuring I put myself in the precise locations, doing the precise issues on the proper occasions. I'm an enormous believer of what's meant to be, shall be. Quite a lot of issues have simply fallen into my lap, by the grace of God, however I've simply been able to run with it.
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I’ve a docu-series that reveals snippets of the method…
“I'm releasing a Youtube docu-series, little by little over this yr, so folks can take a dive into the stuff I've been by way of and I hope it lets folks really feel extra linked to me and my story. I wished to indicate a distinct ingredient of me and the place I’ve come from on every episode. Lots of people don't know that I really helped numerous artists in music classes, particularly ladies.”
I’ve self-inflicted strain to look 100% excellent always…
“There's all the time that strain to be digicam prepared on a regular basis. I don't really feel like males have that as a result of males can simply put a tracksuit on, a hat, wash their face, put a little bit little bit of cream on and so they're good to go. Whereas now we have the make-up, lashes, hair… Typically I attempt to do au naturel, however for probably the most half, I need to really feel assured and current my 100% greatest self after I’m round folks or if I’m filming… It’s most likely extra of an inside strain I apply upon myself quite than an exterior half.”
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Social media is a blessing and a curse…
“On this social media age, everyone's insecurities are heightened as a result of they may see perfection on their telephone screens. Social media / Instagram, let's be trustworthy, it’s an app. So my factor is, should you get caught up with watching what different persons are doing on this app, you’re shopping for right into a false actuality. Relating to artists or influencers, it’s a part of our job to look a sure approach. Even then, many artists like myself are mother and father and do X, Y, Z, and it's not all the time sensible to be executed up on a regular basis, however even then, it's a part of our model and jobs to go above and past with our picture.”
Mum life is gorgeous but it surely’s arduous work…
“Balancing work and mother life could be very difficult however fortunately I’ve a really understanding and supportive youngster and mom. They’re all the time there in my nook however he’s seven and typically it does get to him as a result of clearly, youngsters need their mommy. Despite the fact that he sees mommy on the TV and doing sure issues, he’s all the time going to need that mommy time so I make sure that I’ve that stability.”
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Quite a lot of males overlook loads of the feminine expertise in UK Rap…
“One of many major issues I've come throughout with male artists is that they may see you and they are going to be excited to assist you on the down-low, however then on-line, they gained’t assist you. They gained’t provide the similar power that they'll give to their fellow male friends. I imply, you by no means know what their state of affairs is. They most likely don't need to publish feminine rappers as a result of they've bought a lady or they don't need folks to assume that it’s greater than a platonic relationship. So it's a bit hit or miss with regards to getting assist. I believe the trade will turn into extra inclusive if everybody actually embraces feminine artists and pushes them ahead and champions them. US Rappers have developed a bit extra as a result of they characteristic with them in songs and so forth. Whereas with the UK, we're not at that stage but.”
“There are some things that might be executed to make this place extra inclusive for girls but it surely's not going to be in a single day. It's going to take lots of people to truly change the mentality. If sturdy males artists within the trade had been to assist females extra publicly and provides them extra options, then naturally lots of people would leap on the bandwagon.”
My final dream collaboration would positively be H.E.R.
“I'm simply so obsessive about H.E.R, her voice, OMG! If we had been to do a Girl Marmalade kind observe with UK artists I’d love to ask: Alicai Harley, Br3nya, Lavida Loca, Tia Currys and Ivorian Doll!”
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My greatest tip to clapback in opposition to misogyny is to…
“Step into your internal goddess. I by no means actually take discover of what different folks say. I'm in my very own world always and for me, I believe that's the easiest way to take care of it. Let issues undergo one ear and out the opposite and simply stand in your energy. That's why I often do it no matter what folks do or say. I do know who I’m and I do know the place I'm going. So once you faucet into that, you’ll turn into unstoppable.”
My best achievement is…
“Shifting my son and mum out of Birmingham, into a pleasant residence, and my mum doesn’t must work anymore, and seeing them joyful, makes me joyful.”
The very best piece of recommendation I’ve ever been given is to embrace the unfavourable…
“Somebody as soon as instructed me, you’ll be broke if nobody is talking about you, and nobody cares, however the minute you’ve got hate, that unhealthy power in the direction of you, will gas you and truly put you able of energy. So it’s important to embrace the unfavourable and the optimistic as a result of with out it, nobody goes to care. The worst recommendation, which was given to me yesterday, was to do with poisonous relationships and stuff. My buddy simply turned spherical to me and stated, ‘Effectively… It's higher the satan you recognize’ — that means, it’s higher to take care of a troublesome individual or state of affairs you recognize than with a brand new individual or state of affairs that might be worse. I used to be identical to ‘it's not, haha!’ You don’t must be in a state of affairs simply since you’re aware of it, leaving is ALWAYS an possibility.”
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My greatest recommendation for ladies who need to do what I do is…
“Work fee must be on 100! Should you're not placing the work in, you’ll be able to't anticipate outcomes. As ladies, now we have to work ten occasions tougher. It's unhappy, but it surely’s the truth, so should you're not keen to take the highs and the lows, it’s important to reevaluate what you're attempting to do. In this type of sport, it’s important to have thick pores and skin and a robust spine. ”
If my magnificence cupboard was on hearth I might save…
“My lashes, primary. I like lengthy and thick lashes! Quantity two is my lash glue, which I exploit to attach my lashes, as a result of with out it, the place am I going? Lastly, my lip liner, as a result of I hate the look of lips with out a liner. For the time being I’m actually loving the Barry M Lip Liner Pencil Chocolate.”
For extra from Glamour UK Magnificence & Options Assistant Shei Mamona, observe her on Instagram @sheimamona