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Lush Radio Online had the opportunity to interview female rapper and mc Sweet Tee. Queens’s rapper Sweet Tee (born Toi Jackson) debuted with Its Tee Time in 1989. Hurby "Love Bug" Astor produced what was a strictly pop-oriented session that generated only brief response. Now she is back on the scene with the intent to create change in the female rap game, and Lush Radio Online was on the scene at Sweet Tee’s press release for her upcoming mix tape.

Mary B:
So Sweet Tee, what inspired you to come back to the game?

Sweet Tee:
Well I received a couple of phone calls and was encouraged to go back into the studio. The time has changed so much and female mc’s have fallen off the map. I feel like female rappers haven’t really had a blueprint to follow for quite some time, so I’m here to recreate it.

MB:
I see in your Bio that was provided you are considered the True Diva of Hip-Hop. Define True Diva of Hip-Hop.

ST:
(Laughs) Where did you read that? That’s what the guys call me when I am in the studio. I am a rap artist, but I am a female in a male dominated profession. I hold my own on the mic, but sometimes I have to remind the guys that there is a lady in the room.

MB:
Yea I know what you mean. Sometimes you have to be a little “Diva”. At Lush Radio Online we support up and coming MC’s male and female. Do you have any advice for them?
ST:
It’s definitely hard; no one said that it would be easy. The industry has definitely changed and in order to be successful you have to be on point and know your craft. You have to be able to work well and word hard and remain professional. It is also important that you keep good people around you, people that you can trust, that you consider team players. Those are the people who will help you succeed.
MB:
So what is the difference between being sexy and selling sex to you?
ST:
I believe in being sexy with clothes on. You don’t have to show everything to sell records. When Queen Latifah wrote about me in her book she said how she noticed that when I rapped I wore sweatpants and baggy shirts. She noticed that I wore those clothes because I wanted people to listen to me, not look at me. I had no idea she realized that, but I wanted people to hear my talent, not focus on my appearance.
MB:
Wow, that’s amazing. So what is the name of your mix tape, and when will this much awaited mix tape be dropping?
ST:
The name of the Kid Capri mix tape is Best of Both Worlds Sweet Tee featuring Jay-Z. Freddy Fox and Mike 29 also helped create the mix tape. The mix tape will drop on September 11th which is the same day that Jay-Z’s album Blueprint 3 drops.
MB:
So did you work with Jay on the mix tape?
ST:
No, but it took a lot of work to have my voice mesh and level up to Jay’s.
MB:
Who are some artists that you would like to work with in the future?
ST:
The one artist that I would love to work with has to be Mary J. I definitely have to cut a track with my girl Mary J. I would also love to record with Jay-Z and a couple of other artists.
MB:
What is your favorite song from the mix tape and what message do you want everyone to take from the mix tape?
ST:
My favorite song from the mix tape is my version of “Song Cry” which I call “Car Song”. The one thing that I want everyone to get from the mix tape is that I’m Coming.
MB:
So where can the audience hear some of your music?
ST:
Well you can definitely hear some tracks on my MySpace page, but tonight at the release party at Club Taj we will be handing out some sampler CD’s which will be released before 9/11.
MB:
So what is your inspiration? What keeps you going in this business?
ST:
Honestly it just feels like something that I have to do. Like I said earlier female rappers don’t have a blueprint to follow, it’s time for me to give them one.
MB:
So do you have a message for female MC’s out there?
ST:
Let’s Do This!
MB:
So where do you visualize yourself this time next year?
ST:
I see myself sitting at the Grammy’s with three other female MC’s waiting for them to announce who will win. And may the best woman win.
MB:
Thank you so much for rocking with Lush Radio Online today Sweet Tee. Best of Luck and have fun tonight.

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