When you think of Katrina Trina Taylor the word vulnerable isnt what comes to mind. Since premiering in Trick Daddys video [Nann] in a silver sequinned bikini top spitting lyrics so heavy in sexual gratuity that you needed a cigarette afterwards, she made it more than clear who she was. The Baddest B***h, a title that may evoke listeners to search for more empowering female rap examples only to find that when it comes to mainstream vitality, they are few and far between. Yet Trina is more than just a female rapper looking to prove herself amongst her male counterparts. These days you may still find Trina hitting the club showing off a healthy helping of skin, but if you talk to her you will get a totally different vibe. Trina is a laid-back, focused, and well rounded woman. After being MIA for two years, her third album, Still the Baddest, is set to drop in February of this year. Regardless of what you think of her you cant deny the confidence in her swagger. Admit it maybe youre just a little curious about what she has to say about her and Lil Wayne, those damn relationship rumors, and why female emcees cant catch a break. AllHipHop.com: Your new single, Single Again, sounds very personal, where did the motivation come from?Trina: [Laughs] the new single stems from the energy thats around me. Its my life. I am single and of course Ive been through personal situations, and I reflected it in that particular song. Its just about getting myself focused and being happy about myself regardless of if Im in a situation or not. Im single and Im happy to be single. It was crazy because when I was in the studio recording that wasnt how that record was going to be, we were just playing around. I wanted something that was going to be a ladies anthem. It was a fun record, I had a great time doing it.[Trina “Single Again”]
AllHipHop.com: So I guess that the rumors about you and Kenyon Martin being an item arent true?Trina: No, Im single. People are always insinuating and making up things. It seems like if you speak to somebody people want to put you with that person. Thats just the industry, thats how it is and thats not necessarily the case. Im single, Im happy, Im focused. I was in a situationIm no longer in that situationI just needed time to myself to find my own self worth and this project; that is the most important thing to me. Im happy about that.AllHipHop.com: How has the Trina from back in the day, The Baddest B***h, changed?Trina: I think Ive grown a lot. Im still the same person but just in a whole different element. You cant still be in the same place from when you first come out. Ive changed assistants; some friends are no longer my friends. Ive been in love and out of love, so you just grow. I think life is a challenge. There are just so many different experiences that Ive been through since I first came into this business. Being more business wise, being more responsible, branching out, the whole thing is like growing into a woman. Its really crazy but its been a blessing. Im happy to see myself evolving and growing through different things. I still think I have so much more to go through and so many changes to make so Im preparing myself for that also.AllHipHop.com: What were some of the things that stopped you in your tracks and aided in your growth? You dont have to talk about Lil Wayne, but you can Trina: Youre funny! [Laughs] I would say being in a situation like that and going through different situations in that relationship and coming out of it was another growth period. I got to see a lot of different things. Love is blind so youre not seeing everything you should see. Then, I was in a great situation. I must say, I have no regrets about it. Its just that people grow. They have different visions in life and I had a different vision.No longer being with Atlantic Records was a big thing for me because Ive been with them my whole career. When my label [Slip-N-Slide] when we decided to not do my current album with them it was like starting all over. Ive grown so much with them and we became a family but I felt like it was time for me to change and do different things. They were so accustomed to doing things one way, I dont think that they really saw that I wanted to grow and do different stuff. Being able to step outside of that was like a relationship; and to branch off to something else and start a new relationship with EMI, all of this is different. You have to meet different people, you have to go through the whole thing of trusting people with your project and making sure they have your best interest at heart. AllHipHop.com: Being a well known female rapper why do you think that female rappers are important to Hip-Hop?Trina: I just think that the industry is so male dominated, everything is coming from a mans perspective. We [women] like the type of music in the club where you can dance but when its coming from a woman its a different thing. When I do music, I know its explicit and it’s raw, its coming from what I see. Its coming from the streets. Its coming from what I come from. This is everyday life and I think that women can relate a little more when its coming from a woman because we are more emotional. We are more personal. We think about stuff more than guys. AllHipHop.com: Why do you think there is a lack of unity among women rappers?Trina: I think its just women. Women have egos, women have their selfish ways. Everybody wants to be number one. Theres nothing wrong with that but you dont have to be number one knocking somebody else down. Its like, Cant we all just get along? Obviously thats not possible because in society even if youre not an artist you have girlfriends and friends that you hang out with and fallout with. Women just dont seem to understand how to be united. I dont think that women get that and its a sad thing. I like to see when a woman is prospering because it feels like thats another woman thats doing her thing; and thats a good thing. I work just as hard as a guysometimes harderso I have a problem with someone trying to knock me down. Get out there and do you! Whatever your hustle is just get out there and go do it, youre not going to be any higher from knocking anybody else down.Ive had doors close in my face, Ive had people tell me no. It didnt make me want to get mad and write a rhyme and talk about somebody else. It made me want to grind harder and just continue to do me. If you dont like me, if you dont like what I say dont listen to it. Its not going to make you lose any sleep. Women need to understand that. If its not putting money in your pocket to like it and if its not taking money out your pocket to not like it then just choose to listen to something else.AllHipHop.com: Do you get a lot of hatred from females?Trina: I get a lot of love. I also get the ughs on the side but I really dont look out the side of my eyes. Im so busy trying to look ahead. Ten years from now Im not going to be doing music, I dont know what Im going to be doing. Im securing myself for my future. I plan on having a family and getting married all the things that matter to me. So I just dont have the energy to waist on the stuff thats coming from the side. When you think about it at the end of the day its not writing a check, its not helping you out. So whats the energy used for? Its just negative, and I dont like to surround myself with it. I like to keep it moving! AllHipHop.com: Is Miami Hip-Hop still relevant or has it been slipping?Trina: I feel like its growing. There arent a lot of artist out in Miami but you have Rick Ross who came out and made an immaculate mark on the industry. You have people that are up and coming. I think that with the South and music being so big everybody is thinking that the South is such a relevant factor right now. It gives Miami a lot of shine. There are a lot of artists coming out of Miami from rapper to singers. If they work hard people are going to embrace it. Rick Ross came out and it was a big thing to the world but Ive been watching Rick Ross for years. Hes been on the grind and when his time came it was his time to shine. I respect that in an artist. Its the same with everybody, when its your time nobody can stand in the way of that.AllHipHop.com: Where is Slip-N-Side Records headed and how has it changed over the years?Trina: Its changed a lot. Slip-N-Slide was one of the biggest independent companies out. It has been successful well over ten years. The owner of the company Ted Lucas, hes constantly signing new artists. You have Plies, whos doing a great job in his career. He [Ted] has other artist that he is working with and I just think that [the] more the merrier. I can still see Slip-N-Side years from now standing strong and being one of the strongest companies in music.AllHipHop.com: Why is Trina still The Baddest?Trina: Im strong. Im independent. Ive been through a ton of different things. I dont feel like Im any different from any other woman I just do a different job. I think thats what keeps me humble. I stay focused. I stay working. Regardless of what anyone has to say Im on my grind and I continue to shine so you cant knock that. I can open my mouth because I paved my way in this industry. Nobody gave me anything. I hustled and to get to where I am right now. So thats what makes me the baddest because I did it and I did it working hard through everything. No matter what I never stopped working. I havent had an album out in two and a half years but Ive been from Miami all over the world with no album and Im still here! I have a brand new album coming out. Im just so happy to still be in this business. Its empowerment to me and it motivates me to stay strong and to keep moving until I decide Im going to give it a break and focus on Pink Diamond Couture, my clothing line, and Diamond Princess Entertainment and on the things I love to do outside of music.AllHipHop.com: You sound like you have it together.Trina: Im a regular girl. I have a family. I like to chill out with my family when Im not working and do nothing. I dont like people to put me on a pedestal. Ive been through everything that any other normal woman would go through. So I like to keep myself in that mode so it doesnt make me feel like Im untouchable. Im blessed to have the career that I have and to be doing the things that I love to do and thats just it.