Meet Wicked Babydoll: OC's Newest Hip-Hop Outlaw
Wicked Babydoll is coming into her own as a Chicana on the mic. The 23-year-old rapper originally from Los Angeles has three mixtapes to her name with the latest, Words of the Wicked (download here), showcasing her impassioned delivery and hard time rhymes. The collection, laced with dope beats, features collaborations with D-1, Threat Loca, Dice Loks and others. Now rolling with Dirty Devil Entertainment, Wicked Babydoll got her start in hip-hop as a young teenager listening to the likes of 2pac, Eazy-E and Eminem before eventually deciding rapping was something she wanted to seriously pursue. The grind hasn't been an easy one having to balance responsibilities as an artist and a young mother of two children, but she persists onward towards her hip-hop dreams with plans for a new album next year.
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The Weekly caught up with Wicked Babydoll earlier this week in Anaheim, where she's now based, on location for the music video shoot of "Fuck Authority" off Words of the Wicked.
Gabriel San Román (OC Weekly): You're upfront about how rapping wasn't something that came natural to you. How did you start out and what has your development as an MC been like?
Wicked Babydoll: I sucked! It was really bad. I used to rap off beat. It wasn't the most perfect thing ever. What I think helped me out was when I finally found my voice. It was just empowerment. The way I rap, everything was coming from my stomach. I think that's when I started getting more confidence. And my ability to write expands all the time. Every song is just getting better and not staying in the same place.
Would you say that's also the case with your latest mixtape? Did you change up your style on it?
Words of the Wicked is a little more East Coast and a lot more different from what I've done before. It's also very deep because I'm talking about everything that I've actually went through. A Babydoll's Tale, where it was more like I had my love songs and everything, was kind of more like a subliminal type of a mixtape. There's big, big differences in all three of my mixtapes that I have out. The first one This is Why They Call Me Wicked is so West Coast, so gangster.
You were featured on Ms. Krazie's latest album Forgive Not Forget on a song called "What You've Done." How did that all come together?
That collab came up because I was talking to her really cool on Myspace. We never got around to working together because at that time Urban Kings was coming up, doing its own thing and trying to establish her as an artist. When that happened and she could finally get me on that album, she invited me out to their studios in Monterrey Park. That was with their producer David Salas. I was overwhelmed. It was a big opportunity, a big chance. She is a big name out. A lot of people are listening to Urban Kings. It was one of those nerve-wrecking moments where I had to step up. I definitely think that I did that with the song.