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Trina Talks French Montana, Females In Hip-Hop, And Criticism Over Nicki Minaj Tribute

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Trina is still a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop game. After 15 years since she emerged on the scene, the Miami native remains one of the most well known and active female emcees in the industry. Recently, I caught up with Trina for my weekly entertainment news column to discuss the secret to her staying power. During our talk, the “diamond princess” addressed the backlash over her recent tribute to Nicki Minaj at the BMI Awards, shared her thoughts on why the men in hip-hop are winning versus the women, and spoke on the rumors about her and French Montana. Check out highlights below.

ON WHY MEN IN HIP-HOP ARE WINNING, AND HOW SHE’S MANAGED TO MAINTAIN HER RELEVANCE:

“You know what, I came in this game around a bunch of guys, and I’ve watched these guys, and half of them don’t like each other, half of them probably wouldn’t work with each other if it wasn’t for the benefit of what they’re doing, and the whole purpose of it is music. And you watch them tour, watch them collaborate, watch them put out records, you watch them on the charts up and down everyday, you watch them be able to perform at award shows, and that’s the reason they are winning. When you watch females, nobody wants to work with each other, nobody wants to be in the same room with each other, nobody likes each other. It’s just too much nonsense to me. It’s just like, too much insecurity. I’m a very secure person, and I just believe that I don’t care about what nobody else is doing. If I like you, if I love your music, if a I feel like you’re doing something that catches my attention, I give you props for that, no matter who it is. And I think that’s one of the biggest problems in the game because with the females that are in the game, whether you were in the game from the 90s up until the 2000s to right now, there’s no reason why there’s no connection, there’s no reason why there’s no collaboration, there’s no reason why there are no songs that’s number one on MTV or on the radio. You know why? It’s because women are catty, and they are jealous, and they are envious, and that’s such a sad thing. I think that when you look in the mirror, you should be 100% confident and you should be able to do whatever and work with whatever without any type of sourness. If you feel confident, you can give props to another person, you can feel like she’s done her thing, she’s doing great. You can’t deny what’s being done. You can only deny what you’re not doing, what you’re not a part of. I don’t care really…I’ve worked with almost every female in the industry, and I don’t have a problem with them because I’m secure with who I am, and I’ve been the underdog my career, and I still don’t care. Because I work, I make money, I pay my bills, I take care of my family, and that’s really what we’re all doing this for.”

ON THE NEGATIVE CRITICISM SHE RECEIVED OVER PAYING HOMAGE TO NICKI MINAJ DURING BMI AWARDS:

“I don’t respond to criticism. Honestly, I don’t care really. I feel like people are so quick to say stuff before they know exactly what’s going on, and it makes you look a little stupid. I get the whole fact of when you do a tribute to somebody, people have always felt like it’s somebody you pay homage to that’s been in the game for a hundred years or so. I don’t feel like rules should really apply; it wasn’t about that. It wasn’t about me, it was about Cash Money. Cash Money is a very prominent and very successful record company that’s been around for a long time, and Baby and Slim, that’ s like, I’ve been known them for years, so it’s like family. And to honor them and pay tribute towards them, I thought it was just amazing. Nicki is the only female on their roster that is out, so the tribute was me doing a tribute to her, and I didn’t see anything wrong with that. I don’t have a problem with her. I think people that saw something wrong with it are the people that have a problem with her, and I saw a lot of the fans and a lot of my fans and a lot of other fans that totally was like in a rage, but I just feel like people should just get a life and mind their business and stop living so miserably and just enjoy whatever it is that you’re doing and stop putting so much effort into being negative towards what somebody else is doing. It did not do anything that was harmful to you, so why such negativity? It’s something that I wanted to do; I’m grown. I choose whatever I feel like doing; that’s what I wanted to do. I’m a part of BMI, I’ve been with BMI my entire career. They’ve treated me like royalty, and Cash Money, it was almost like a family thing. I just felt like it was cool. I wasn’t thinking about really anything or anybody. I was most concerned with not falling over that train on the dress and just having a great time.”

ON RUMORS OF HER AND FRENCH MONTANA BEING A COUPLE:

“I’m not a couple with nobody. French Montana is an amazing person; he’s a great person, he’s been a great inspiration to me since he came into my life as far as working, business, career. He showed me some different things that honestly, I didn’t really get the last couple of years of my career. I was at a very pivotal moment, like a very bad space [when she dropped her mix tape on her birthday], and him being a guy, he’s not a guy that listens to a Trina music, you know. So for me to go into the studio to work with him, to do a record for him, and he’s like really putting out something new, and I’m like, ‘ummm, I don’t know. I’m just not really motivated right now.’ And he was like, ‘I don’t understand what that means.’ And then one of my girls was like, ‘play him your new stuff.’ And I was like, ‘no, no, no, no.’ And he begged me, and I did, and he was impressed. It was just a different type of chemistry, and once I played it, he was like, ‘yo, you need to put this out now.’ It gave me like a different sense of reassurance, and I like that about him. He’s a very positive person, he’s a great, fun person to be around, and that’s what I love about him. I guess when people see you with somebody, they automatically think that you’re together. If we were together, if we become together, I think you guys would know. I’m not looking for a boyfriend, I’m not looking for somebody to date – I’m not a dater, I never was good at dating, but if I decide to get into something, then you’ll know. I’m looking for a serious situation. A husband, a family, a life beyond everything that I’ve lived in my life, and that’s where I am in my life where that’s concerned.”

To read the rest of my interview with Trina in its entirety, visit 4umf.com.

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