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How did you begin rapping? I started rapping when I was younger, due to a lot of things going on in my family. My father died, so I started writing poetry, and that’s how I really got started writing music. How did your father’s passing affect you growing up? Did it affect you musically? It actually made me start to write, cause I had no way to express my emotions. I didn’t really have anyone to talk to. So it actually made me start writing, and it pushed me to write poetry, stories, and then music. You’re still in school right? Yes, I went back to school. I go to Miami International University of Art and Design. I read that you got your start in your brother’s singing group. I use to hang out with them. They thought they were New Edition, so I used to hang out with them in the streets, and they would be out there doing their dance routines and stuff like that. I used to go out there and start dancing, and try singing the songs with them. But then I would get in trouble because I was the only girl out there, so my mom would make me come in the house. About how old were you when you made the decision that you wanted to start doing music? I made a firm decision that I wanted to start doing music when I was about 19 or 20. Are you signed with anybody right now? No, I’m not signed with anybody right now. I work with a couple of local artists out of Miami called ATP. ATP is more of like a label here. We’re more like a group of artists that work towards one common goal, and ATP stands for “Anything Is Possible.”

Where are you originally from? I’m originally from Jacksonville, FL, but I’ve been in Miami for the last seven years. Being that you’re a female, do you think it’s hard trying to break into this business? Has anybody looked down on you or blown you off because you’re a female rapper? I don’t really think people look down. I think since the industry is so male-dominated, it’s really hard for a female to be taken seriously. It’s hard for females to overcome different situations because of dealing with men in the industry. Do you think because you’re a female you have to have sexually-driven lyrics? Yes, because at the end of the day sex sells, and when men are listening to female rappers they don’t want to hear a lot of the other stuff. A lot of times when men are listening to female rappers they want to hear about sex. Are you working on any mixtapes right now? Yes, I’m working on a mixtape that’s going to be released in a couple of weeks called Dime Piece Vol. 2: Fuck Nigga Free Edition. What made you name your clothing line Amari? It’s a mixture of my name, my son’s name, and my mother’s name. Actually, the name means “With Love,” so the tag line is “Amari Made With Love.” Who would you say are some of the bestdressed celebrities out right now? I like the way Keri Hilson dresses. I’d have to say Keyshia Cole does a good job when she’s out doing her thing. Ciara and Beyonce, those are a few that come into my mind that really do their thing when they hit the red carpet. //

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