Certified Fresh: Nitty Scott, MC – A Lyrical Heavyweight
Hip-Hop Wired: What legacy do you wish to leave behind in Hip-Hop?
Nitty Scott: Honestly, just someone who inspired people with her truth. Like I said, I think I have a very humanistic approach to things and as much as I’m an artist and make music, I have an underlying humanitarian/activist intention where I really just want to contribute to peace and love in the world. What can I say, I’m a little hippie [laughs]. I want to be able to say that I did my part to make the world a better place, and I did that via the talents that I was given. And I just want to be a part of what brings back some of the values that I think Hip-Hop has lost. It’s different when we hear someone young and a part of the current wave perpetuating those original values that Hip-Hop was grounded in, versus someone whose heydays were in the ‘90s. I think it resonates differently. I feel Lauryn Hill was one of those people who literally breathed life and consciousness into Hip-Hop, and there really isn’t that right now. A relatable, sisterly, nurturing someone with integrity, somebody that you can trust to not feed into this elitism, this by-all-means-necessary-I’m-better-than-you mentality. I want to be someone that wasn’t a part of that lie just so my pocket can benefit. I don’t want to be a poison to the people who support me, that’s pretty sinister.
Hip-Hop Wired: Is there particular story you want to tell?
Nitty Scott: I won’t get to specific. But, I will say that people really don’t know Nitty Scott. They don’t the things I’ve seen or the places I’ve been. And I think they’d be pretty shocked to know, simply because I don’t glorify some of the situations that I’ve found myself in… in New York City, as a 17-year-old girl, with no support system. I was definitely out here trapping. It’s definitely a part of my story and I really haven’t delved into that yet because I wanted people to first respect me as a lyricist. Now, I’m ok with getting personal and I’m ok with showing people who I really am, and letting them know what turn of events helped shape who I am today. The Art of Chill definitely does delve into that, and the material coming after that will definitely be telling more of those truths and stories.
Hip-Hop Wired: You’re pretty tight with TDE. Would you ever consider signing with them if the opportunity came knocking on your door?
Nitty Scott: It’s something I would definitely consider. They are the strongest team out there, to me, right now. They are my brothers and my favorite rappers. So, it’s something I would consider, yes. I had this sort of a rule going into this, that I wasn’t going to be anybody’s “first lady.” I don’t feel I have to stand next to three or four other men to be recognized. I don’t have a crew for a reason. I’ve been intentionally not getting down with any specific movement because I have my own. That’s empowering for me. And hopefully it can open doors for other women to own their own lanes and feel they don’t have to be validated by another man in this already male-dominated industry. It’s a lot to take on. I know it’s really ambitious, considering that even someone like Lauryn Hill was a part of The Fugees. But as far as TDE goes, it’s a conversation I wouldn’t mind having, simply because they’re the sh*t.
Hip-Hop Wired: What are you currently working on?
Nitty Scott: I am about to work on a project with Ski Beatz. We’re going to try to do an EP. I usually wait to conceptualize what I am trying to do and build around that. But at this point, I’m working The Art of Chill and taking that on the road, filming videos for that.
Hip-Hop Wired: What’s you life mantra?
Nitty Scott: Be here now. It’s so important to live in the present. We spend so much time dwelling on the past and trying to live in the future that it causes a lot of anxiety and depression. It’s all in the mind. It’s all about conquering the mind. I read this amazing book by a guru named Ram Dass that Ski actually gave to me. It completely changed my life. What I essentially took from it was to be here – now. In the present moment. Smell the smells and hear the sounds and understand that all that really matters is the moment that you’re in right now.
Hip-Hop Wired: What’s the craziest thing a fan has told you?
Nitty Scott: I received a letter from someone who was on the brink of suicide. They were very much over it and in a really dark place, and after listening to some of my records, they felt not so alone and had the motivation to at least try to get out of that dark place. It touched me so much, I was crying and everything. They were thanking me and I wrote them back telling them that they didn’t owe me anything and that that’s what my music is there for.
Hip-Hop Wired: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Nitty Scott: I love to do yoga [laughs]. Yoga is awesome. I’m sorta of like a self-help junkie, so I read a lot of books. I’m a sucker for all those “10 Ways to Be” such and such books. I’m always just trying to find ways to improve myself and challenge myself. I love to travel. I love being outdoors, in nature. That’s when I really feel in my most natural element. And I love being around kids, they breathe life into me. I’m always trying to hold babies [laughs]. I want some of my own, just not any time soon.