Former Disturbin’ Tha Peace artist Shawnna recently named her Top 5 favorite lady lyricists, ranging from Queen Latifah to ex-No Limit Records emcee Mia X.
Speaking with DJ Vlad, Shawnna focused her list on lyrical lady rappers.
“[Queen] Latifah,” Shawnna said starting off her Top 5 list. “Definitely Monie Love. Definitely Lauryn Hill. This is funny because I’m different, you know what I’m saying? … Like, are you really rapping or just cute spitting some lines? I’m bringing up rap, like Monie Love, when she came in with that fast stuff and just killed it and when people came with club records of self respect and love yourself and her type of vibe, I respect that. Definitely gotta say Rage. Rage was ill. You go back to some of her flows, man, she was killing it…And then my last and final one I have to give you is Mia X — because lyrically, she handled her business. I know you have to be a woman and sex sells, but at the end of the day, can you spit? Are you nice? And that’s what I looked at with the artists I just named.” (Vlad TV)
Outside of female rappers, Shawnna recently discussed moving on from Ludacris‘ camp to T-Pain‘s Nappy Boy Entertainment label.
“I love and have no regrets with Disturbin’ The Peace, but it just came time to where I had to move on,” Shawnna explained in an interview. “It really did. Even though Battle Of The Sexes was so highly anticipated. Had it just been me and Luda, it would have been just a wonderful, amazing, iconic thing to do. But it didn’t weigh out the 10 years I had been at Def Jam [doing] nothing. I just saw an opportunity to gain a clean slate. And that sounded so good to me. Money is not my everything. My peace of mind means more than money.” (VIBE)
Shawnna also said her fear of disappointing Luda encouraged a DTP exit.
“Honestly, when we were doing [Battle of the Sexes], I was really scared,” Shawnna added. “Because I [knew] that people already knew Luda, but they don’t really know me. And if this project was to come out and not do well, all of the blame would be on me. All of it. That was too much [pressure] for me. Had it been my own project and I was taking my own risk, then maybe I would have been more willing to take that leap, but I just didn’t want it…They already know Luda can put out platinum albums, but they don’t know what I’m capable of. I just couldn’t do it. And it hurt me and it hurt him and it hurt a lot of people. It hurt a lot of fans too, and all I can say is [that] I’m so sorry. Please forgive me. I’m still here though, and I still wanna put out good music. I still hope to get back with him and do some amazing, incredible sh*t with him maybe down the line, but at that point in time [Luda], I couldn’t give you my all. I was too scared. I was too worried about that situation.” (VIBE)
Last year, DJ Drama called Shawnna’s decision to leave DTP a bad move.
“I normally keep these type of thoughts 2 myself but…#badmove ….,” Drama tweeted in February. “Shawwna leavin DTP right b4 Battle of Sexes album. it was perfect setup And i know its proly some sh*t bout Shawwnna/DTP situation i dont know.. & i got mad love for shorty…just my observation.” (DJ Drama’s Twitter)
Check out Shawnna’s interview below: