While Bay-area rapper Lil Debbie was in New York as part of a global tour in support of her album, Debbie, she took the time to chat with us on a range of topics prior to her show that evening at Webster Hall.
In part one, we discussed her take on 2016, a year in which she put out an album and toured extensively.
We also delved into the impact of social media on a person’s outlook of themselves, especially a person like Lil Debbie who has a big following. She advised people to not feed into the negativity and stay focused on the positive. For her own sanity, Lil Debbie noted she keeps her own Instagram account on private to keep out the fly by haters.
As a woman who is young, attractive and petite, we asked her how she deals with harassment in real life and were surprised to discover that in her day-to-day life she doesn’t get a lot of it. She believes it’s because she dresses down and doesn’t wear makeup, but added that growing up in the Bay area, she learned at a young age to ignore catcalling.
When asked who her favorite New York rappers are, she mentioned DA$H and Joey Badass, and for old school hip hop, said she’s a Tupac girl and would have his babies if he were alive. She also said she loves Lil Kim, and credited her with influencing a lot of her music and art direction.
On the impact of being in the public eye, Lil Debbie said she’s known but not famous. She also has a working theory that when people become very famous and rich at a young age, they become emotionally frozen at that age forever.
Check out our interview below and stay tuned for part two.