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Precious Paris lands a spot in the October issue of EnveOnline. The issue is titled "Respect Our Mic Vol. 2" and give's you an inside look at the industry from a woman's perspective.
The G-Unit emcee also sat down with the publication for a video interview to talk about a wide variety of subjects. Check that out below.
EO: How do you fit into G-Unit?
Paris: Well I'm from Queens. It seems like a lot of us here are from Queens. Me and 50 kinda have the same story except I'm showing you my story from a woman's perspective. We're from the same block. He's telling you what he did. I'm probably coming from the girlfriend;s perspective... the hustler's girlfriend on the same block. I have a different story from my man that's going to jail. There's different struggles that I go through as a woman, but at the same time it all coincides with each other because we're going down the same road together. It's just different bumps that we hit. So I think I fit in perfectly, I feel very comfortable here. I don't want to be anywhere else. I say that all the time and I mean that.
Describe the approach you took making your mixtape.
I remember meeting Snoop a long time ago. I'm sure he doesn't remember meeting me. We were in a club and his record came on. Everybody was jumping to it and mind you this record was like fifteen years old. I'm like everybody is feeling your song as if it just dropped yesterday. How do you do it? He said, 'I spit from my heart.' And that's what I did on this album. I didn't care about what people thought. I just wanted to feel it in my veins. I feel like if I feel it in my veins other people will too. Nothing fake, nothing fabricated, it's real.
You just started off when you did the Smooth Magazine cover before your mixtape dropped. Do you think that changed certain people's view of you as an emcee? Not a woman, but as an emcee?
No, because once I open my mouth it's a wrap. Yeah I threw on a bathing suit because in the "Queens" video [I'm wearing] a fitted hat. Guys was like, 'I like her swag, but what she really look like?' So I showed them and then I went back into my mode. I can go there real quick. Stilettos to sneaks, sneaks to stilettos real quick. But as soon as I open my mouth and I spit that will dead all of that.
What is the best advice 50 Cent has given you?
He told me the four qualities that I needed to have to be an artist when he first called me in to join the roster. Great music, personality, stage presence and your look. And he said, 'If you got that boo, you're good.' So I just worked on it. I'm a perfectionist.
Who's in Rida Gang?
You know it's not always gonna be me and Kidd Kidd. It is a subdivision of G-Unit, like a pyramid. Me and Kidd Kidd are holding Rida Gang down at the moment and we're gonna make it as big as it can possibly be. I love the name. I love Kidd Kidd. I love being in a clique because I'm competitive. So it kind of keeps me on my toes to be with guys that are so talented and their spit game is so impeccable. We compete all the time. If Kidd Kidd did fifty songs I'm doing fifty two.
What topics do you want to discuss through your music?
I'm really not feeling domestic abuse. I'm really not feeling guys hitting on females. And females, some of y'all be beating y'all dudes up too. Y'all gotta stop it. If you hit him don't think he's not gonna hit you back like a man. I don't put my hands on guys anymore, so I wanna talk about that. I learned the hard way when I got laid out, but we can talk about it. We can talk about a lot of topic for teenage girls that don't have guidance. Teenage girls that get pregnant, raped. I have a lot of ideas in my future. I wanna start organizations and foundations for girls that have no guidance, role models and no direction. If I can help through music to inspire them to let them know that I went through this. I'm gonna go from my perspective because I've been through some things. You're suicidal? OK, everything's gonna be OK believe me. You're feeling a little crazy right now, your whole world is gonna end. But tomorrow the sun is gonna shine and you're gonna feel gorgeous again. I just want people, especially young girls to know your worth.
To check out the October issue of EnveOnline, which also features Nitty Scott, MC, Nyemiah Supreme, Angela Yee, Ms. Jade and others click below.