By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
Narissa's Lash Trap resides down the street from Nipsey Hussle’s The Marathon Store in Slauson, which tells you exactly where the West Coast spitter comes from. Priding herself in being a self-made boss bae, the “Pull Party” rapper is ready to shake up the rap game — proving she’s got the realness that other female rappers lack.
AllHipHop caught up with Narissa to chat about the passing of Nipsey Hussle, how it affected her shop, and why she's the hardest of them all.
AllHipHop: Who are some of the artists you grew up to?
Narissa: Jay-Z for sure. My dad used to listen to him all the time to and from school. Sade, Lauryn Hill, just ‘cause of my parents. That's what they were on. Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, that was my parents’ vibe. I f##ked with that. When I started getting into my own taste, Destiny’s Child. I love them. Pink’s first album, then I got into Trina and Nicki Minaj in high school. It started going from there.
AllHipHop: What sets you apart from other female rappers?
Narissa: My rapping is singing and rapping, a little intertwined. It's an LA twist, a West Coast b##ch coming through from LA. My s##t’s motivational too. It's not so much downtalking the next female. It's more uplifting of my b##ches.
AllHipHop: Talk about the influence Nipsey had on your career.
Narissa: You know so many gangbangers growing up... to see an authentic LA hood, gangbanging ass n##ga just make it like that — then once he get his deal, go back and do everything for his community like he did. He influenced others. Even leaving his situation with his label and showing us like “you got this s##t. You can charge $100 for your s##t, not just $9.99.” All of the new rules, ‘cause I've never been a rule follower. I’m always breaking rules. I like that he created new ones, instead of breaking them. He’ll be like “look we gon’ do it like this.” That's the influence he had on me, just switching it up and taking risks. Make sure you go hard, match the gas. Also talk about something valuable in your music.
AllHipHop: Talk about the impact his death had on you and your surroundings.
Narissa: That day was real quiet. It was weird. The whole neighborhood, the whole city, the world… it felt like it was stopped for the whole day. The sun was just chillin’ and didn't move. It's crazy ‘cause we were just starting to align. My store was just pulling up to Slauson, my music starting to go up, all the Slauson girls started to recognize me and support me more and more. It was building up.
AllHipHop: I opened my store the week before. Once he passed, it was just traffic all on Slauson. It was craziness, just packed. It just so happened my store was right here. It let more people know who I was and everyone just shined a light on our area. His spirit was even bigger over us than before. It’s still f##ked up. As a community, it makes us grow closer together.
AllHipHop: Favorite Nipsey song?
Narissa: Right now, I have a bunch of favorites. My favorite is “One Hunnit” off Slauson Boy 2. It’s definitely after the Bullets Ain't Got No Name and Marathon era, right there before you get to Victory Lap.
AllHipHop: You say Sonny Digital helped set up your studio in your garage. How did ya’ll meet?
Narissa: Actually from Instagram, I’ma keep it 1000. He’s like “pull up, I’m in LA.” I pulled up, we chopped it up, it was just good vibes. We’ve been friends ever since. He made sure my studio setup was cool. He gave me his template. It got me to this fool, my manager. [points to Francois] I was like, “excuse me, we’re working.” The garage makes you hungry. It’ll make you be like “I’m trying to get the f##k up out this garage.”
AllHipHop: Any shows?
Narissa: We gon’ do a show when it’s really, really lit. When it’s like “ohhh Narissa, I flew out your vagina,” then we turning up. I want b##ches to know the words. I’m not pulling up until b##ches know the words.
AllHipHop: What advice to you have for an aspiring Narissa?
Narissa: Take risks. Jump out there and do your s##t. Figure it out as you go. Don't be scared, go get it!