Check out the new song from Ms. Be – iWork
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I’m from Oakland, CA. I got to this position today by the grace of the Most High, rolling with a strong team, and working very hard for my fans! I’ve been writing raps since I was in elementary school. I wanted to play the drums just like Sheila E at first, but then I fell in love with MC Lyte’s flow. After featuring on tracks for local artists in the Bay Area, I joined a female rap group named Nutritious. Anyone who’s been in a group knows how difficult it is. I love my two group mates, but it wasn’t long before I decided to do my own thing. I’ve been rocking on my own for about two years now and I love every minute of it. It’s like a high and I just keep trying to get my next fix!
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
I’m pushing my new single entitled “iWork.” It was released on April 23rd and it is now available online at www.reverbnation.com/msbe . I also released the video for this record on April 23rd which can be viewed right here: www.youtube.com/therealmsbe.The concept is based on my life and how busy I am all the time. Sometimes people get offended that I don’t have time to chat on the phone or hook up and chill. I am literally busy all the time, hence the title, “iWork.” I’m so excited to share this record which is off of my soon to be released E.P. also titled “iWork.” Prior to this E.P. I completed a mix tape “Stix, Stonez, Red Bottomz, and Rap.” (free download) and I did a lot of feature tracks just to prove that I am capable of killing any type of beat. But this “iWork” single and all the new records on the E.P. are all original. I can’t wait to see how my fans respond to it!
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Hmmm … I am very new to this industry! At times I feel like I’m outside of the industry because of so many “politricks” in this game. The most challenging thing for me right now is balancing my personal life with my professional career. I’m a mother, an artist, and a part-time student with a full-time 9-5. Don’t ask me how I make this work because sometimes I don’t know how it happens, my damn self (check out my video “Closer To Destiny,” it explains my life). Being an independent artist with limited financial backing and not having those key components to make my machine run smoothly gets very difficult. I would really love to put more energy into being an artist and not having to worry about certain things, but hey who’s complaining?!?! NOT me. I see the bigger picture!!! I also have a great team. Gemstone Official Media Group baby!!! Stonez-up!!!
How important is it for female MCs to have a face in Hip-Hop?
How important is it for female MCs to have a face in Hip-Hop? Extremely important! Not just a face, but we need our equal share. You can’t give birth to something without a mother! I know that Hip-Hop is a male dominant industry, but females have a voice too. We are skilled lyrically and professionally. I would love to see more females on top of the game. We need a variety in Hip-Hop. We need that balance back and that’s just what I, Ms. Be is offering. I must say though I’ve been seeing more female MCs popping up on the underground scene in the Bay Area who are very refreshing. I’ve also noticed some female MCs over-seas who are pretty raw. Let’s all come together and force feed these m’fers.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Wow. There are so many things to look out for as an artist. First, beware of dream killers and don’t let them get you off of your game. Second, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. And third, look out for those blood sucking leeches! Those people who claim to have the “hook up” and swear they can catapult your career. For example: These janky promoters who are charging local artist an arm and two legs to be an opener for “major acts” and can’t even pack the place. Look them dead in the eye and say “bitch pleae” and make sure you grind extra hard to build your fan base.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
I’d encourage other artist to stay committed to their art. Be professional! Your music should be handled as a business. This means having a solid plan, set goals and follow through. If you’re not investing in your music, what makes you think someone else would want to? Nothing is going to be handed to you so stay focus and work harder than everybody else! Surround yourself around motivated and/or successful people. Last, I’d encourage them to travel outside their city and state, expose themselves to the rest of the world!
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
Shows! I love performing live! One of my favorite sets is when I pay homage to old school female MCs. I give my all at every show I rock! I mean, videos and internet promo is cool and it is important as well, but my absolute favorite way to promote my music is to get in front of my future fans and earn their support! If you ever hear of me performing in your area, I highly encourage you to come. you won’t be disappointed.
Where can people visit you?
People can visit me online at www.gemstoneofficial.com/therealmsbe. Come through and get to know me. Follow me @MsBeYou on Twitter, “Sub” me on youtube/TheRealMsBe and “like” me on FB/Ms.Be. I have so much in store for y’all. xoxox.