Maliibu Miitch | FREQUENCIES
When 26-year-old Bronx MC Maliibu Miitch touches the mic it’s nothing short of a blessing graced to the world by a rising Queen. Life for the North Carolina born blasian, her mother is African American and Vietnamese and her father is Filipino, has not been easy but now it's full of neon-nails, fur coats, and no holds barred lyrics. But don’t get it twisted — Miitch is still highly connected to her roots and the docu-series FREQUENCIES by WAV Media and The FADER highlights this truth.
The “Give Her Some Money” rapper has been grinding for her moment and she has no plans to stop any time soon. Miitch’s episode takes us through a journey exploring why she became a rapper, what keeps her grinding, and why she will be the next legendary female rapper. The docu-series highlights her pathway as an emerging artist but also features a day-in-the-life for the five feet tall Foxy Brown-esque lyricist.
From the nail salon to making dinner surrounded by her nephews, Maliibu Miitch gives us an intimate look into what makes her go after the success that only dreamers desire. I had the opportunity to ask the “Lit Mami” a few questions about her family, motivation, and influences behind her story.
In your episode of the docu-series FREQUENCIES, you spend time in your neighborhood bonding with family. How has your connection to family inspired your music?
My family inspired my music completely. I have to keep going so I can give them the best life possible.
You've said you got into a lot of trouble while growing up in the Bronx, what pushed you to pursue rap?
I was always good at the most oddest of things, the things that would most definitely not land me a job [laughs]. So when I started rapping and guys in my hood kept telling me, "keep going," it just made me feel like I finally found something I was good at. Something that nobody could take away from me and something that wouldn’t land me in jail.
How did you stay motivated while having doors closed on you while you were proving yourself as a songwriter?
It would most definitely have to be my family. We had a very rough upbringing no matter how hard my mom tried, it was just something that was completely out of her control. I was sick and tired of going through the worst of situations, then having to see my family go through it too. It really hurt me, but fueled me at the same time.
What female rappers have influenced your career?
Definitely Foxy Brown and Nicki Minaj! I totally jacked Foxy's style [laughs] but its ok she loves me. Nah forreal though, all the people I look up to are strong beautiful independent black women. Its just something about us commanding attention, respect and gaining power that motivates me on a higher level. I’m big on respect before being loved and adored. I feel like during their career they did a hell of a great job building up their legacy its just so inspirational.
You started your own label when you were 21. What advice would you give to young female artists trying to make it in the industry?
Hold your ground when people are trying to tug you left and right, its ok to take your time making decisions. Never force yourself to do anything that feels degrading, and always remember your talent is what got you here and well keep you here. No man or woman can ever take your God given right away.
What can we expect from you this year?
More music and more videos.
Check out the full episode here:
Photography by Lauren Gesswein