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BIG BOSS VETTE on her debut EPResilience

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WORDS by Tessa Swantek  TALENT Big Boss Vette  PR°1824 PHOTOGRAPHY Scrill Davis  

"Y'all will see me on the moon singing, 'All the pretty girls walk like this, this, this..."

Most people imagine their existence somewhere in the middle - floating between stars they won’t reach and certain depths they won’t fall to. A place that’s safe. Big Boss Vette  doesn’t see herself there. She sees diamond encrusted moon boots walking the moon's iron surface, bouncing to the beat of “Pretty Girls Walk.” Visions of Grammys flooding over like liquid gold from elbow to elbow surge in her mind. She sees her ‘beautiful face’ (her words, and also mine) shimmering on the silver screen, and the “fashion icon” title in her hands.

“Unreachable” simply isn’t in Big Boss Vette's vocabulary. “Limitless” certainly is though. She says, “I see nothing but BIG for Big Boss Vette. She is limitless. The sky is limitless.” Even though she sees herself in the cosmos, she can’t be accused of having her ‘head in the clouds.' She doesn’t limit life’s highs because she personally knows no limit to life’s lows. When asked what she hopes people take away from her debut EP, Resilience, she carefully says, “no matter how bad life gets, just know that once you hit rock bottom, nothing is lower. It’s only up from there. Even if you see me a little sad, just know that once I come back, I’m going to be a bad bitch again! Never think that you’re going to be in the same place as you were 6 months ago.” On the EP’s cover is a letter she wrote to herself last year. One sentence reads, “Thank you for always being uncomfortable in the same space.” She shares, “When I wrote that letter, I knew I’d release every bit of doubt. I knew Big Boss Vette was gonna be BIG.” Even in her darkest moments, she doesn’t lose sight of light, in abundance.

She candidly opens up about one of these times in her life as she shares, “[At one point] I lost everything I own, including myself. I was in a dark hole for a very long time. I needed to make money. My last 9-5 was as an Amazon Driver - I’d never go back! NEVA! I had this feeling inside of me I couldn't shake. I knew I was destined for greatness. I thought I would give up but I knew I was meant for this. Instead of saying ‘why me?’ say ‘what is this teaching me?’ She doesn’t let negative thoughts win over her spirit, from herself or anyone else. In fact, they fuel her and propel her even higher. She says, “Negativity [can keep me going]. I transfer it to motivation. I’ve developed this girl in my mind, and everyone loves me there! And if you don’t like me, you don’t exist there!” There’s so much power in her mindset, in being resilient; It’s a force that rips through her music like a gale wind, everchanging and formidable.

Instead of saying, 'why me?' say 'what is this teaching me?'

Big Boss Vette believes in change in music as much as she believes in change in life. Something she has had to learn is that “after you go through certain situations, you will never come out the same.” She continues, “It’s hard to let go of that person you once were. Learning how to evolve your identity once you’ve lost yourself is horrible. You wake up and realize you can’t view things the same.” She also knows to not box herself in when it comes to her music. She shares, “It was hard to contain my emotions [when I went viral with ‘Pretty Girls Walk’]. “Pretty Girls Walk” got me in rooms that my ‘raunchy music’ could never. There’s a cap to raunchy music. There’s no cap to commercial records. The moment I learned that, oh girl, we took over!” 

This is not to say that she prefers her more commercial records, her debut EP is certainly not devoid of raunchy lyrics (I mean, is ‘Lick The Kitty’ indication enough?) She just wants her music to be as limitless as she views her own life, and doesn’t ever want to be apathetic or static. She says, “A lot of people say, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ But you need to fix it before it breaks. A time of peace is the time to prepare for war. I was making raunchy music since 2019. It got the girlies moving, but I wasn’t able to sing them songs on BET. The moment that I elevated my sound, my style, my look, they’re like ‘C’MON COUSIN!’ You gotta give ‘em options!”

A time of peace is the time to prepare for war!


If there’s one thing that doesn’t seem to change in her music though, it's that it’s meant to be SCREAMED. She says, “I want to say things women might be scared to say until someone else says it, then they could scream it out loud!” This quality comes through mostly in her ad libs which could be heard in every track, but especially in “Fly Shh.” When asked about her creative process she says, “The most fun is the ad libs, or the affirmations. I just be screaming stuff. I’ll put secret messages in there to uplift me when I hear it.” This is what makes Big Boss Vette, Big Boss Vette. Her music is teeming with personality. And it’s not put on - she has just as much of an effervescent personality on a 12pm Zoom call as she does on her records. As we watch the “Get It” music video together, she dances and eats what looks like hot cheetos to the beat. 

“Get It” is the track she sees the brightest future for. She says, “'Get It' is very much different. It can be at feminine reunions, cook outs, stores. That one is gonna be huge, it’s already climbing its way up. I always put personality in there, and talent cause ya’ll know I can rap!” It truly does feel like a classic, old school rap track. As we sit on Zoom, she reads off the date - Wednesday August 2nd - and proclaims, “‘Get It’ is gonna be one of the biggest songs ever!” She aptly describes the record as “bigger than [her] body.” There is something colossal about the space and energy her personality and music occupies. It’s a presence she owes to her “amazing aura,” (again, her words, but very well could have been mine.)

Another thing that we hope never changes about Big Boss Vette as a person and artist is her fearlessness in saying what she feels fully. If you think she won’t say it, you’re wrong. It’s a confidence that doesn’t evaporate, and can be heard most in “Dollas.” She raps, “Bitch I’m now, I ain’t next (Yuh) / I can tell they upset / Got the juice, where the check? / Need them do-la-la-las.” When asked about the track, she says, “Dollas” is me poppin’ my shit, and showing I can really rap. Listen, I might even be able to sing at funerals!” Again, the world is boundless, and every door is hers to walk through. When asked about women in rap, she says, “They finally let us in the door and now we own the building! This is how it’s gonna be.” In anything, all she needs is one door ajar before running the building, one tiny fleck of light to make a universe, one video to go viral. 

See you on the moon. 


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