Emerging underground producer, ThatBlessedGirl, has taken the industry by storm with her innovative beats. She has created some masterpieces for quite a few noted underground artists and graced many charts. She has a unique flair that captivates the boom bap masses. Her versatility and consistency caught my attention. She’s definitely on the rise with her authentic audible delights. She has overcome many obstacles and continues to build a legacy with her amazing music.
Did your upbringing influence your taste in music? If so, how?
Yes, my upbringing had a lot to do with my taste in music. I been into music since a young child. The first CD I brought was a Chante Moore’s single, “Chante’s Got A Man.” Haha I was raised by my grandparents and the music they played around the house definitely shaped my ear from soul, blues, jazz, & gospel. Growing up, I also played a lot of video games. I got a lot of my Hip Hop dose that way and from older cousins. Video games back in the day had amazing soundtracks. I can recall hearing T.R.O.Y. for the first time on “NBA Street Vol. 2.” I am a lover of music. Period. Not just hip hop.
When did you first start producing?
In 2016, I released a beat tape in December of 2016 titled “Soul Sister.”
How do you feel about the current underground Hip Hop climate?
I love the underground vibes right now. I think it’s a beautiful thing.
Do you feel women get enough recognition in the industry? Do they have to work harder?
We still have work to do. I feel like we’re starting to get recognized more. I don’t feel like a need to work harder to get noticed. I just continue to work on my skills and create and people will see my growth.
What’s your creative process like?
My process is pretty simple. I get my vibe set, I light my candles and incenses then I go through records until I find something that catches my ear. You really have to sit and listen to the records from beginning to end. There can be something in the middle of the record that you, otherwise, might fail to hear just skimming through it.
You have dealt with some health issues. Despite it all, you still manage to create dope music. Tell us about your experience.
Yes. I’ve had/have health issues. I had a liver transplant in 2013. I was put on the list at the age of 15 due to an autoimmune hepatitis, which I was diagnosed with at the age of 13. I also have fibromyalgia. I let none of that stop me from accomplishing my goals and dream because I know God has a greater plan for me. So I will continue to keep pushing and reach my full potential.
Who are some of your favorite producers and why?
Q-Tip: He has a great ear for finding the perfect samples to put together and his drums always smack.
Pete Rock: Pete Rock definitely changed the sound of music when he came out. He composes great pieces of art.
DJ Premier: Talk about an ear for music. Well that guy has it. He takes very obscure samples, chops them up into small fragments, and creates bangers.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
Yes, I have a few singles coming out and projects in the works. Stay tuned.
You have a dream project, spare no expense on what artists would be featured on it?
H.E.R., En Vogue, Tha God Fahim, Jamal Gasol, 38 Spesh, Che Noir, Jay-Z
It was truly a pleasure to work with this young lady on my last EP, “From The Ashes” (listen here). She is making major contributions to the Hip Hop culture. I look forward to seeing ThatBlessedGirl’s growth in this industry. She’s a force to be reckoned with. Thank you for sharing your intimate story with Weekly Rap Gods. We wish you continued success.